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Current Issues

Help Manatees Keep Endangered Species Protections
The Pacific Legal Foundation, on behalf of Save Crystal River, Inc., has submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) requesting that the West Indian manatee and its subspecies, the Florida and Antillean manatee, be downlisted to threatened. Please send your comments to the USFWS on or before September 2, 2014, expressing your support for maintaining endangered species protections for manatees Go>>

Action Needed to Defeat Sleepy Creek Lands Project: Ask Governing Board to Support Staff
Florida and Non-Florida Residents: Please take a couple of minutes to send a quick letter asking the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board to support their staff's recommendation and deny the Sleepy Creek Lands Consumptive Use Permit. This will help protect water resources that are vital for manatees! Send the letter now>>

Stop Anti-Wildlife Bill In Congress!
The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has provided protections to species at risk of extinction, including manatees, for the last 40 years. While we should be celebrating this momentous achievement, there has been a bill introduced by anti-environmental lawmakers to strip the ESA of its power to help protect these imperiled species. This proposed legislation would gut critical provisions of the act and put endangered wildlife at even greater risk of extinction. Please take a moment to send a quick message to your members of Congress, asking them to reject this devastating bill today>>

Demand Clean Water For Wildlife & People
The Floridians' Clean Water Declaration is a positive vision to inspire people to work together to create a new water ethic, find solutions to Florida's water quality and quantity problems and send a clear message to our water managers that the people of Florida demand clean water. Please sign the declaration>>

Get Information About Amendment 1: The Water And Land Conservation Amendment
Save the Manatee Club is part of a coalition of individual volunteers and conservation organizations from across the state who worked to put The Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the November 2014 ballot in Florida. The measure will not increase taxes, nor will it increase state spending. It simply allocates a portion of the existing documentary stamp tax – which is paid when real estate is sold and has been collected since the early 1900s – to water and land conservation, management and restoration. Get more information and find out what you can do to help!>>

Urge Governor Scott To Lead The Way In Safeguarding Florida's Aquatic Environment
Sadly, 2013 was the deadliest year ever for Florida's endangered manatees. In total, 829 manatees died last year, making it the largest annual manatee die-off in Florida since record-keeping began. Please send a quick online message asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to lead the way in safeguarding Florida's aquatic environment for manatees and other wildlife and for people, too. Go>>


Other Ways to Help Manatees

Sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge!
You can help protect the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a safety net for our nation's wildlife, fish and plants on the brink of extinction. For over 30 years, the ESA has provided critical protections for endangered species and the places where they live. Please sign the Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge (SMC is a member of the Endangered Species Coalition) and show your support. When various threats arise to the Endangered Species Act in the form of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives or the Senate or negative administrative actions, the conservation community will be able to take the list of pledge supporters to Members of Congress and let them know that their constituents support strong protections for our nation’s endangered fish, plants and wildlife. Go>>

Join the Manatee Sighting Network

Have you seen a manatee in the wild lately? If you live along a river, estuary, canal or coastal area in Florida, you can help provide valuable information to researchers who are tracking manatees. When you spot a manatee, just fill out our simple one-page form>>

Register To Vote!
Being an advocate means taking an active part in government. The best way you can do this is register to vote. You can do this online by going to the League of Women Voters or Rock the Vote web sites. It's easy!

Write a Letter to Your Local Paper
Writing letters to your local newspaper is a very powerful and effective way to voice your position on manatee issues within your community. See a sample letter and get some helpful tips. Go>>

More Things You Can Do to Help Manatees>>

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Thanks for your help and support!

Help Manatees Keep Endangered Species Protections
Send comments
by Sept. 2nd


Defeat Sleepy Creek Lands Project
Send an online letter

Stop Anti-Wildlife Bill
in Congress
Send an online letter

Urge Governor Scott To Safeguard Florida's Aquatic Environment
Send an online letter

Demand Clean Water for Wildlife & People
Sign the Clean Water Declaration