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Erin Brockovich Tours Florida's Water Crisis

Fight For Zero, Inc event photography by DP Braden

Helping Communities Advocate for Change

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and water expert Bob Bowcock toured communities throughout Florida facing ecological disasters in September 2018. The communities visited include southeastern Fort Pierce, White City, Indian River Drive, Satellite Beach, and St. Lucie County. Both Brockovich and Bowcock educated the communities on how to advocate for the changes they needed to see.

In Brevard County, water tests found cancer-causing chemicals in groundwater, reclaimed water, and sewage. The chemicals, PFOA, and PFOS were found at astronomical levels on Patrick Air Force Base and the South Patrick Shores community has been unearthing burnt military artifacts from underneath the sandy soil in their yards. The cancer-causing chemicals also known as PFAS were found throughout Brevard County and in wildlife. With water testing positive for the chemicals and more than 800 cancer cases, surrounding areas are concerned about the PFAS contamination.

In St. Lucie County, there is a high rate of an aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. Brockovich met with and had a private dinner with the families impacted by the deadly form of cancer. She also spoke about toxic blue-green algae blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee discharges affecting both the St. Lucie River and the Caloosahatchee River.

Erin Brockovich and Bob Bowcock continue to be great inspirations and mentors as these Florida communities continue their journey for a healthy and safe environment.

Erin Brockovich and water expert Bob Bowcock speaking at the Satellite Beach community meetings on September 29, 2018. Image by DP Braden.

Fight For Zero Director, Cheryl Jozsa, asking questions at a Brevard County, Florida meeting with Erin Brockovich. Image by DP Braden.
A father holds up the image of his daughter's brain scan, showing the audience and Erin Brockovich the unimaginable pain his family has faced due to potential toxic exposure. Image by DP Braden.
Fight For Zero event volunteers signing in guests. Image by DP Braden.

A Satellite Beach resident asking questions and voicing concerns. Image by DP Braden.
Erin Brockovich showing her health map of the United States found on her website.Image by DP Braden.

Stel Bailey and Dr. Greenwalt take a few minutes before the meeting to introduce Erin Brockovich and Bob Bowcock to the stage. Image by DP Braden.

Erin Brockovich with Satellite Beach High School Cancer survivors and fighters at the City of Satellite Beach community meeting on September 29, 2018. Image by DP Braden.
Erin Brockovich with the Fight For Zero team.

"We the people take back our voices. It's really important that the communities start speaking out and not be afraid to do it." - Erin Brockovich

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