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.
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
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.
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.
Law360, Miami By Nathan Hale July 27, 2017
Despite strong opposition from the public and interested parties, the Miami City Commission approved a settlement late Thursday in which the city will contribute up to $27 million in return for Florida Power & Light burying new transmission lines planned in conjunction with the expansion of its Turkey Point nuclear plant.
Miami Waterkeeper's Kelly Cox spoke on her own behalf, argued that the city has "innate home rule authority that needs to be preserved and protected,” and said that FPL is obligated to follow local land-use and zoning regulations because the city knows its residents best. The city, she said, had the upper hand and was “well-poised to win.” Read the full article HERE.
Sun-Sentinel Article - July 21, 2017
By Caitlin Randle
They were once in danger of dying off, but efforts to restore South Florida’s coral reefs are paying off. A Nova Southeastern University team for two years has been growing staghorn coral in nurseries and then planting it off the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea coastline. So far, they’ve planted more than 2,500 coral colonies, hoping the coral will spawn on its own and the colonies will expand. At one location, the number of surrounding coral already has quadrupled.
Rachel Silverstein, executive director of Miami Waterkeeper, comments saying about 98 percent of the staghorn population in South Florida and the Caribbean has died off since the ‘70s. She attributed that to disease, warming oceans and climate change.
Read full article HERE
Our own Kelly Cox spoke to WLRN's Allison Light about the recent sewage spill that leaked over 700,000 gallons of raw sewage into Biscayne Canal and parts of the Intracoastal Waterway. Kelly explains how sewage spills affect our health, economy, and our environment.