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Delivered: March 2017

We’ve had a busy March!

  • Our supporters (like you!) submitted over 10,000 comments asking for stronger reef protections in the Port Everglades expansion project.
  • We’ve exposed the Army Corps for distributing “alternative facts” to the public in both Port Miami and Port Everglades.
  • We’ve helped get the ball rolling on a plastic grocery bag ban in Coral Gables to reduce marine debris.
  • And we got to hang out with Phillippe Cousteau, Jr. on World Water Day by collecting water quality samples with local schools at the Biscayne Nature Center!

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Wynwood Cleanup, Blocktoberfest, and Miami Spice

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Post Hurricane Irma

Delivered Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:00AM:

Subject: Post Hurricane Irma Update from Your Waterkeeper

As your Waterkeeper, we have been hard at work monitoring water conditions in and around South Florida since Hurricane Irma passed through. Now that our power is restored and our offices have reopened, we have some important updates for you from the field. Our watershed has suffered greatly, impacting public health, water access, and our marine ecosystems. Now more than ever, we need your help to protect South Florida’s waterways. Please join us and become a Miami Waterkeeper member today!

IMG_5818.jpgMiami Waterkeeper team assessing damages following Hurricane Irma in Coconut Grove.-Photo by MWK


Millions of gallons of sewage and wastewater bubbling up across Florida resulting from Hurricane Irma

In Hurricane Irma's wake, millions of gallons of sewage and wastewater are bubbling up across Florida. In this Washington Post article, Miami Waterkeeper Staff Attorney, Kelly Cox addresses how South Florida faces water challenges due to its low elevation near the ocean, its aging infrastructure, and the porous limestone rock that much of our area sits upon.


Hurricane Irma Overwhelms Sewage Systems

In South Florida, aging sewage infrastructure struggles to handle our booming population. Add a hurricane to the mix, and our sewage systems are often overwhelmed by storm surge, flooding, and power failures - resulting in sewage spills and insanitary conditions. Read more about recent hurricanes' sewage-related impacts in this new piece by Bloomberg featuring Miami WaterKeeper HERE


Stinky Waters from Hurricane Irma


As South Florida faces Hurricane Irma our Staff Attorney & Program Director, Kelly Cox, spoke with Quartz Media about likely storm impacts on our water infrastructure, which "is at risk and could be easily compromised by a storm the size of Irma.” But leaky pipes could be a minor problem compared to the flooding of one of Miami-Dade’s three water treatment plants, two of which are vulnerable because they lie in low-coastal areas.


Hurricane Irma

With the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma, now is a time for preparation to ensure the safety of your friends and family. 


Miami Waterkeeper on Panel for 2017 Florida Region Mini Honors Institute: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

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Beta Pi Theta chapter answers the question, “What are the three major obstacles keeping our oceans from being healthy?

Across July 21 - 23, 2017 Miami Dade College’s (MDC’s) Beta Pi Theta chapter hosted the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Florida Region Honors Institute at the Hialeah Campus. The institute included three days of compelling speakers on this year’s topic: How the World Works: Global Perspectives, which sparked thought-provoking discussions and provided leadership development opportunities to students. Miami Waterkeeper was honored to participate for day three, as part of a panel discussion with Rescue a Reef, discussing protection of our Florida waters. 


Staff Attorney Kelly Cox Teaching Environmental Law at RSMAS

We're so excited to announce Miami Waterkeeper staff attorney Kelly Cox will be teaching Environmental Law to graduate students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science this fall! Our staff members are dedicated to protecting and preserving our watershed and we're proud to support Kelly as she works hard extends our mission! Read more about Kelly in this featured article.


Fashion Designer, Mara Hoffman Supporting Miami Waterkeeper

Mara Hoffman, the New York-based clothing and swimwear designer, hosted an elegant Miami dinner to kick-off Swim Week, in support of Miami Waterkeeper. It was a gorgeous evening for mojitos and a sit-down dinner at The Standard, a luxury boutique hotel in Miami Beach overlooking Biscayne Bay. Fashion industry professionals from all over the world enjoyed a three-course meal, great conversation, and a guest spotlight from Miami Waterkeeper’s Kelly Cox. After a humbling introduction from Mara Hoffman, Kelly shared Miami Waterkeeper’s mission and educated fashion industry leaders on ways they can become involved to protect and preserve their local watersheds. Water is integral to South Florida’s health, economy, and culture, yet our water resources are continually threatened. The privilege to participate in events such as these only allows us to broaden our impact to educate diverse groups in the community and promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. We would like to thank Mara Hoffman and her team for allowing us to be a part of such a wonderful evening, as well as The Standard for their ongoing partnership of Miami Waterkeeper. 

We had a chance to learn more about her, her brand, and why Mara was so eager to share the night with us during this Q&A.


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