We're Losing Manatees at a Record Pace – Help Save Them

These gentle giants are starving to death.
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Manatees

Hi Everyaction,

Manatees are starving to death because Florida's water is so polluted.

Things got worse in April when hundreds of tons of algae-fueling nutrient pollutants were released into Tampa Bay, further endangering marine ecosystems and protected species.

So we took legal action against the state of Florida for using manatee habitat as a dumping ground for polluted wastewater.

Please help our fights for manatees and other imperiled species by giving to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For years officials failed to adequately maintain and regulate phosphogypsum stacks and wastewater storage ponds at Piney Point in Manatee County.

Facing the looming catastrophic failure of a Piney Point gypstack, they ordered the discharge of up to 480 million gallons of wastewater into Tampa Bay, violating the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Endangered Species Act.

At least 782 Florida manatees have died so far this year, almost 10% of the known population.

And it's not just polluted water putting this species at risk. Manatees continue to be injured and killed by boats at a staggering rate.

We're on the frontlines working to increase boater safety regulations and practices, so that the growing number of boaters keep manatees safe.

These gentle giants can fully recover and thrive as long as their habitat isn't poisoned and those who joyride in their home pay attention to the threatened species around them.

The Center has fought for years to protect manatees, including lawsuits to secure Endangered Species Act protection for them and to protect these mammals from harmful algal blooms.

To stop the extinction crisis, we must take bold steps — and stay in the fight, however long it takes.

Please help our work for manatees and other imperiled species with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

 

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