About Us

The Peace River Heartland of Hardee, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto Counties

We believe that there is an ethical impetus and mandate: what’s left is important to save.

3PR is a community of concerned citizens whose homes are, or will be, affected by phosphate strip mining in central and coastal Florida. We are concerned about the effects on our health, water resources, quality of life and environmental integrity. We are people who live in the Peace River Heartland of Hardee, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto Counties.

We want to restrict the amount of damage and pollution done to our land, water, and air. This has to be done, we feel, by making it known to our regulating agencies, local, state and federal government and the phosphate industry itself that we have a right to live without the degradation of our community and the threat to our very health by strip mining.

Our Vision

  • To maintain the quality of life that brought us to this rural area.
  • To see land preserved in public ownership, especially along the Horse Creek corridor.
  • To keep clay waste disposal areas out of our counties.
  • To see our soils remain intact and our aquifers functioning as nature intended.
  • To be free of the danger of harmful pollutants left in the ground and aquifer after phosphate mining.
  • To see the beauty of our unique natural world left for our future generations to see and appreciate, complete with all species of plants and animals.
  • To create a panther preserve in Hardee and Desoto Counties.
  • In essence we want to preserve the integrity of our lands and the tranquility of our lives here in the Peace River Heartland.

Our Mission

People for Protecting Peace River is a group of concerned citizens that that have formed to educate the public of the extraordinary value of the natural and agricultural lands of the Peace and Myakka River watersheds. The goal of 3PR is to end the damage being done by phosphate strip mining, and to promote a superior quality of life in the Peace River Heartland.