Florida’s waterways are in crisis, and manatees are unmistakable victims. 2021 was the deadliest year on record for manatees, and 2022 is turning out to be equally horrific. On the Atlantic coast, manatees have died of starvation as the seagrass habitats they depend on for survival have disappeared, leaving them with nothing to eat. On the Gulf coast, manatees are dying due to acute toxicity from red tide. Harmful algal blooms throughout Florida are wreaking havoc on our waterways and our economy.
Please take a couple of minutes and urge President Biden and your U.S. senators to make sure the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adequately addressing manatees in Florida and that the Environmental Protection Agency is accountable for achieving Clean Water Act standards for estuaries and other waterbodies that provide habitat for them. Ask them to support efforts of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership with emergency funding to ensure that every sick and injured manatee will receive care.
Protect aquatic habitat and help distressed manatees
Dear [Decision Maker],