Peace River

Florida Riparian Waterways Destroyed By Florida’s Phosphate Industry

The Peace River Valley watershed with all its tributaries, streams, bogs, marshlands, springs, and aquifers is considered by the state of Florida to be “navigable waterways” or “public domain.” (2) Navigable waterways are defined by their potential for “public use” in its unaltered state. Navigability does not rely on the water body’s actual use based on state law. These laws and regulations were passed at the time of Florida’s statehood in 1845. Florida does account for public use of all navigable waterways and has always encouraged their use for recreation, state commerce, and tourism.

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Phosphate Industry Siege On The Alafia River

Alafia River and Watersheds The Tampa Bay estuary, Alafia River, other local tributaries and watersheds are known to be “navigable waterways” or public domain. Phosphate industry officials historically cause severe environmental impacts called dead zones in the Alafia River and the Tampa Bay estuary in and around Riverview, Florida. The Read more…

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