Ken Cornell speaks to Sierra Club

 

 

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A large crowd was in attendance

Featured speaker at the Suwannee St. Johns Group Sierra Club on Thursday, May 2, 2019 was Alachua Co. Commissioner Ken Cornell, who drew a large crowd.  His topics were environmentally related and included the pending phosphate mine permit, restrictions on urban fertilizer and stormwater runoff.

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President Whitey Markle conducts the meeting.

Over time the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners has been a role model for other counties when it comes to environmental issues.  Happily the County is preparing for legal issues with Bradford County  should the mine threat worsen.  The County has come out strongly against this very real threat to the Santa Fe River and our aquifer.

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Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson speaks about the BMAPs challenges and explains that we need donations for legal fees. This is an extremely important issue for Florida’s waters and another example of the State of Florida not following our water laws.

Likewise, the recent action prohibiting urban fertilizer eight months of the year is a strong step forward, already  resulting in pushback from some in the fertilizer business.  The County is to be commended for this wise and forward-looking action.  This a fine example of treating cause and not just symptom.  Take note, Algae Task Force.

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Kate Ellison of Melrose reports on Earth Day Activities in Brooker
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Ken Cornell is a true environmentalist as seen by his actions and not just his words.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-


4 Comments

  1. Apologies for using the wrong word for “pushback.” The fertilizer ordinance has already gotten a reaction from some in the fertilizer industry. Congratulations to the commissioners for their action.

  2. “Kickback” is, indeed, a derogatory choice of a word which
    suggests political or merchandising graft. “Resistance” to
    any perceived arbitrary or unnecessary political action by
    the affected citizenry is a right granted by the Constitution!
    Words DO hurt when thoughtlessly or maliciously used!

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