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Decision Florida: How This Election Can Impact Our Water And Land

Associated Press
Green algae caused by the overflow of Lake Okechobee is still an issue around the Florida coastline.

This week on Decision Florida we talk about the sun, the sand and the water. Yes, really. Florida’s environment is one of our biggest assets -- and biggest political issues. From rising seas to water quality, septic tanks to solar power, John Davis from WGCU and Tom Hudson from WLRN host this week's discussion on how the 2016 elections can shape our environment.

Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan governor and Hillary Clinton campaign surrogate, weighs in on how the Democratic candidate sees the threat of climate change and how it can be an economic opportunity for communities in Florida.

Ed Russo, president of the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition and Donald Trump campaign surrogate, explains why he has called the Republican presidential candidate "a highly respected environmentalist" and how, in his eyes, the solution to environmental challenges lies in local action instead of more governmental intervention.

Reporters Amy Green, from WMFE-Orlando; Topher Forhecz, from WGCU-Fort Myers, and Jill Roberts, from WQCS-Ft. Pierce, join the conversation to talk about environmental issues around the state like algae in Lake Okeechobee and Florida's coastlines, septic tanks and the Indian River Lagoon, land conservation and other topics.