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By on February 19, 2015
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As hundreds of environmentalists gathered for a rally outside of the Capitol on Wednesday, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli fired back that nobody “wants us to have dirty water.”

About 400 people attended the rally for clean water and Amendment 1, the water and land conservation funding initiative approved by 75 percent of voters in November. They called for the state to take action on to protect waterways.

“You would be foolish to sit here and believe anybody wants us to have dirty water,” Crisafulli, R-Rockledge, told “Obviously there are folks out there who think that’s the intention. They are sadly mistaken.”

A House water bill, HB 7003, goes before the House Appropriations Committee on its final committee stop. Some environmentalists favor a Senate water bill that they say doesn’t relax pollution regulation around Lake Okeechobee. Read more at