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Clean water rallies planned across Fla.

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The campaign launches Wednesday across the state The campaign launches Wednesday across the state

Environmentalists across the state will join politicians and residents Wednesday to begin a campaign for clean water.

Rallies will be held in 16 cities, including Tampa to introduce a Clean Water Declaration.

"It's a declaration that says every Floridian deserves to have safe drinking water, clean drinking water and we are looking to ensure that happens in the future and that we stop pollution at it's source here in the state of Florida," explained Patricia Kemp, Legal Chair of the Sierra Club Tampa Bay.

The state approved new water standards last year, but some environmentalists say the policies don't do enough to prevent pollution. Algae blooms proved fatal in Florida in 2013 for fish and a record number of manatees. As the population grows, more water is being drawn from the Floridian aquifer.

"We've had the fiction that we've had unlimited amounts of water, but we don't," said Kemp. "The aquifers have taken millions of years to accumulate water and we're tapping them out at an incredible rate."

More than 100 organizations are participating in Wednesday's rallies. Organizers say the goal is to get 100,000 people to sign the declaration to put pressure on lawmakers to clean and conserve our waterways.

Tampa Bay's event begins at 11 a.m. on the Riverwalk at the Straz Center in downtown Tampa.

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