Environmental law is a collaborative exercise with many different stakeholders. Sometimes it is necessary to focus public attention on big environmental problems in order to get the attention of all of those stakeholders. This is certainly the situation with Indian Bayou in Santa Rosa County. While the violations of the clean water act are coming from different road construction and maintenance projects overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation and Santa Rosa County, the regulators, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Northwest Florida Water Management District, have not taken enforcement action. The voices of the neighbors who have been working for over a year to get some action, simply needed a boost.
09/23/17 – PNJ Editorial: Protection welcome, but overdue for Indian Bayou
08/30/17 – PNJ Article: Red clay sediment in Indian Bayou raises concerns for Santa Rosa County residents
09/03/17 – PNJ Editorial: Indian Bayou’s stain on state, Santa Rosa hands
09/04/17 – PNJ Article: FDOT, Santa Rosa County must take ‘corrective action’ to clean up Indian Bayou