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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Valuing Florida’s Clean Waters

November 13, 2012 Earthjustice.org

In 1998 the EPA adopted the Clean Water Action Plan, which stated that excessive nutrient
pollution results in greater than expected growth of macrophytes or phytoplankton, and
potentially harmful algae blooms or outbreaks leading to declining oxygen levels, an imbalance
among aquatic species, public health risks, and a general degradation of the aquatic resource.
The “Key Action” for addressing nutrient over-enrichment was a requirement that states
develop and implement numeric limits on the amount of so-called “nutrients” – phosphorus
and nitrogen – allowed in waterbodies by the year 2004. If a state failed to do so, the EPA
would establish criteria for them. As of 2008 the state of Florida had implemented just one such
standard.

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