New Programs, New Partnerships, and Ways to Stand up for our Reefs!

Delivered: February 2017

Subject: New Programs, New Partnerships, and Ways to Stand up for our Reefs!

Greetings from Miami Waterkeeper. We have had a busy 2017 already, and have many updates to share!

Your chance to stand up for your reefs!
As a result of our litigation, the Army Corps has agreed to revisit their environmental analyses and potential risks to coral reefs before dredging can begin. Construction has also been delayed until these analyses can be completed. This is a huge victory! See our Press Release HERE and the press coverage of this legal development HERE

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The Corps has also agreed to allow the public to comment on the project. Now we need to make our voices heard by asking the Corps to protect these reefs and showing that our reefs matter to our community.

Public Meeting Information
Who? Members of the public

What? Questions and Comments about the Port Everglades dredging project

When? February 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm AND 6:00 pm

Where? Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Click HERE for more details on how to make your voice heard. With your help, we can all work for better protections for our precious coral reefs. 

Submit written comments or attend the in-person public comment period on February 22 in Broward. 

A new partnership with Rubio's Coastal Grill -- Attend the Grand Opening of their Midtown store this Thursday! 

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Miami Waterkeeper is excited to announce a new partnership with Rubio’s Coastal Grill! Rubio’s is a fast-casual chain founded in California known for popularizing the Baja fish taco. Rubio’s is coming to Miami and bringing with them their commitment to serving sustainable seafood, compostable packaging, and supporting local non-profits. In honor of their Miami opening, they’re making a $20,000 donation to Miami Waterkeeper’s coral reef conservation efforts! We’re proud to be partnering with Rubio's and we want you to celebrate with us. 

Join us for the grand opening of their new midtown store this Thursday February 16 from 5 – 7:30pm. You can RSVP here. For more information on this partnership, click HERE.

Interested in becoming a Miami Waterkeeper corporate sponsor? Email us at hello@miamiwaterkeeper.org for more information.

Junior Ambassadors hold their first meeting and outreach event
Congratulations to our 2017 spring class of Junior Ambassadors! 15 students have been selected to participate in our Junior Ambassador program – a civic engagement, leadership development, and advocacy training program for South Florida high school students. To learn more about how this program is creating the next generation of environmental leaders, click HERE.

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(Top) MWK Junior Ambassadors spring 2017 class gathers for first advocacy training. (Bottom) MWK Junior Ambassadors participating in Bay Drift -- a citizen science project about understanding currents in Biscayne Bay and where our litter goes, led by University of Miami's CARTHE.

Port Miami – The Army Corps serving up alternative facts in court?

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A Miami Waterkeeper investigation recently discovered that this photo (above) filed by the Army Corps in federal court, supposedly showing a recovered reef and a healthy staghorn coral in October 2016 near the Port of Miami channel was, in fact, taken in 1992 in the Cayman Islands by a group called therightblue.com. The Corps was forced to retract its “evidence,” but not before the press caught hold of the story! Check out the coverage HERE.

We are working hard to get the damage to our reef repaired. For more information on our legal actions, click HERE. To support our legal fund, click HERE.

Want to be a keeper of the water? Check out our brand new water bottles. Reduce waste. Keep your drinks cold. Spread the message about clean water.

They're double wall steel insulated and engraved water bottles available for purchase HERE. They’ll keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12.


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Upcoming ways to get involved

We have a packed schedule this spring with many volunteer opportunities and events. We hope to see you soon!

Coming up soon: Beach Clean Up with Biscayne Nature Center on Saturday February 25, 2017. Click HERE for details. Stay up to date with our other events HERE and on our Facebook page HERE.

Remember, you can also become a member of Miami Waterkeeper. In addition to great benefits and supporting your local waterways, becoming a member allows us to fight for your rights to a clean and healthy environment in court!

We need your financial support more than ever. Please consider making a donation to Miami Waterkeeper today.

We hope to see you all on February 22nd at the public meetings to improve outcomes for the Port Everglades dredging. Click HERE for more information.


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