JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city’s action plan for cleaning up the St. Johns River includes purchasing more than $30 million worth of offset credits from other agencies.
“They have a deadline that they have to meet, and for them to meet their deadline, it's easier to buy water quality trading credits as opposed to getting the work done,” said Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper.
Rinaman believes the plan won’t adequately solve the nutrient pollution problem in the river, which she blames for contributing to the toxic algae blooms that developed this year.
Waterways Commission Chairman and City Council Member Don Redman said the city should aggressively pursue other avenues in reducing the pollution, including regulating septic tanks and restricting fertilizer usage.
“We need to tighten our belt and do whatever we need to do as a city government to get it under control,” Redman said.
The plan is a long-term one. Rinaman hopes the city would gather more public input before putting it into place.