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FOLKs is a group of concerned residents working to preserve the unique character of the Lower Keys,  our environment, and our quality of life.  As you see from our logo, we may have formed in the Lower Keys, but the projects we’re involved in impact the ENTIRE Keys.

Currently, we're asking the EPA and FDEP to to enforce the law requiring the City of Marathon to use  deep well disposal for partially-treated sewage effluent to protect our fragile marine environment. Our property values, our tourist industry, the health of all who use our nearshore waters are at risk. Our nearshore waters and our reefs are what make the Keys the Keys. 

Past & Ongoing Projects

We continue opposition to adding 1300 more ROGOs (building allocations) because they undermine over 30 years of science-based and court-approved growth limitations for the Keys.

  • Hurricane evacuation becomes more dangerous, not to mention that everyday traffic will be unbearable.

  • Our fragile marine environment cannot tolerate more development -- it's deteriorating now, even without the additional building allocations.


We work with scientists and lawyers, boaters and commercial fishermen, residents, students and divers to educate and inform ourselves and others about the issues endangering our quality of life and our marine coastal waters.

We communicate the with regulators and policy makers, and when we can find no other way to protect our waters and our quality of life, we litigate. We’ve been successful using both approaches.


We currently have a PETITION asking the EPA and FDEP to require the City of Marathon to use a deep well for the disposal of sewage effluent. This will benefit the ENTIRE Keys.  Marathon water quality violates the law and shows deteriorating trends. And what happens in Marathon doesn’t stay in Marathon!

Help our cause! Please sign our on-line PETITION, then ask 10 of your friends to sign the Petition, and have them ask 10 of their friends.  Our voices are always stronger when we speak together!

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