The Amy H Remley Foundation  


The mission of The Amy H Remley Foundation, Incorporated, is to help people better understand the world around them.

Using education, science and charity, the Foundation promotes the recognition and understanding that water is the foundation of human existence, and a vital resource for the well-being of the community as a whole. Particular issues important to the waters bounded by Citrus County, Florida, provide a focus.

The provisions of the Clean Water Act, October 18th, 1972, including the additional protection of ground waters, shall be upheld as a basis for this Foundation to exist. The Foundation shall be independent of any government entity, political party or institution of whatever kind. Operations are conducted in accord with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Employing donated funds to facilitate actions sooner than would otherwise be possible by relying solely upon public resources, should enable problems faced by the community to be overcome more readily.

The governance of the Foundation shall be in accordance with its Bylaws, which enlarge upon this general aim. This website is an aid to understanding the issues involved.

As basic premises for the website:

  1. Scientific knowledge is meaningless unless it is widely disseminated and becomes common knowledge among the public.(The public are instruments of change)

  2. Sustainable use of water resources cannot be achieved unless resource users agree on basic principles of resource availability in the past, for the present and the future, with due protection and conservation measures collectively introduced. (Without public participation change will fail).

  3. Making judgments on the sustainability of water resources without scientific knowledge in regard to possible natural and anthropogenic variances would be futile. A scientifically well-informed decision is important, not because the decision will always be correct, but, because the decision can be assessed scientifically and updated to reflect new scientific findings over time. (The true worth of science, and integral to the principles of Adaptive Management.)

The World Around Us

The United Nations Economic and Social Council on the 26th November, 2002, commented, "Water is a limited natural resource and a public good fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in human dignity. It is a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights."

Mark Malloch Brown, administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in 2002, said, "The old environmental movement had a reputation of elitism. The key now is to put people first, and the environment second, but to remember that when you exhaust resources, you destroy people." What was said then applied globally and led to the watchword of "sustainable" development – a truth then just as it is today in Citrus County.

Our local environment is fragile, having been severely strained by years of prolonged drought and population growth. Land use maps over a period of time clearly show a coincident depletion of our natural resources.

We have become all too familiar with consequences of over use of fossil fuels, both as gasoline for transport and for generating electricity. Fossil fuels are found in the ground and once used up are used for ever – not renewable. Hence, as demand grows in the world and "easy oil" is consumed faster than it can be found, prices inevitably rise to our personal cost.

E.F.Schumacher, in Small Is Beautiful (1973), cites fossil fuel together with "living nature" as natural capital – the latter including plankton in the oceans, the green surface of the earth, clean air and water. He asserts that squandering fossil fuel threatens civilization, but squandering the capital of living nature around us threatens life itself. The modern industrial system consumes the very basis upon which it has been erected, living on irreplaceable capital, which it happily (foolishly) treats as income.

Bishop Lesslie Newbigin writing a dozen years later asserts, in Foolishness to the Greeks, "Growth ... for the sake of growth...(is) the exact phenomenon which, when it occurs in the human body, is called cancer."

Deforestation (whether of uplands or wetlands) can be likened to cancer of the "lungs of the planet", and land degradation likened to melanoma of the very fabric of our land.

News and Views
News Items

November 30, 2013
On environment, shortsightedness costs Florida big.
Scott Maxwell, Taking Names.
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October 9, 2013
Fuel Cell Today analysis.
The Fuel Cell Industry Review 2013.
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September 25, 2013
Fuel Cell Today analysis.
The Potential for Fuel Cell Prime Power in Japan.
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August 1, 2013
Duke Energy to cancel proposed Levy County nuclear plant.
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May 22, 2013
Fuel Cell Today analysis.
Electrolysers for Renewable Energy Efficiency.
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March 13, 2013
Beyond Electricity: Using Renewables Effectively.
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September 24, 2012
Sewer Systems Legal Filing.
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February 1, 2012
Fuel Cell Today update.
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January 13, 2012
Sewer Agenda.
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December 23, 2011
Scientist: Water account overdrawn.
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Novemver 14, 2011
Submission to the Citrus County Commissioner, 14 November, 2011.
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