Tampa Bay Waterkeeper presents at Stetson Law on importance of clean water

By Sarah Shirley

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper executive director Andrew Hayslip presented the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture on the importance of protecting clean water at Stetson Law’s Gulfport campus on Jan. 31.

“We exist to protect our natural heritage through science, policy, advocacy, and the enforcement of existing environmental laws,” said Hayslip.

Tampa Bay Waterkeeper defends and advocates clean water laws, but Hayslip emphasized that people must start in their own community in order for a positive change to be made on a national level.

Storm water pollution is the largest source of pollution in Tampa Bay waters and is a major vehicle for marine debris and plastic pollution, Hayslip shared.

“It’s our duty to hold polluters accountable,” said Hayslip. “We strive for a positive change so that people can fall in love with our waters and not have to think about sewage while enjoying their right to fishable, drinkable, and swimmable water under the Clean Water Act.”

The next Foreman Biodiversity Lecture is scheduled for noon on March 5 in the Great Hall on Stetson’s Gulfport campus and features U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Inspector Rhyan Tompkins.

RSVP biodiversity@law.stetson.edu.