Biscayne Bay is the economic and aesthetic jewel of Miami. The Bay generates billions of dollars annually, fueling an active clean-water based economy of real estate, tourism, boating, fishing, sailing, and more. On August 10, 2020, a widespread and severe fish kill was observed in Biscayne Bay, impacting thousands of fish and marine species. Shortly thereafter, a similarly widespread algae bloom occurred in northern Biscayne Bay. Some areas of the Bay have lost more than 80% of seagrass cover in recent decades.
This is not a normal occurrence and Biscayne Bay is ecologically out of balance.
What is the cause? Scientists agree: nutrient pollution.
Now is the time for action -- and we need your voice! We must curb pollution that is getting into the Bay from sources such as septic tanks, stormwater runoff, sewage spills, and fertilizer.
This Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 5 pm, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners is hosting its second budget hearing. We need the County Commission to invest in our water!
Make a public comment and ask for the following to be reflected in the 2020/2021 budget, Agenda Item C:
- Funding for implementation of the Biscayne Bay Task Force Recommendations and Recovery Plan
- Funding for a County-wide inventory of all properties on septic
- Funding for an economic valuation study to demonstrate the multiple bottom-line benefits of converting from septic to sewer
- Funding for a County-wide inventory of all municipal storm drains and outfalls
Sample Public Comment Script
Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. My name is _________ and my address is _________. I would like to speak on Agenda Item C.
Today, I would like to request that this Board make an investment in our water quality through the County Budget process. We experienced a devastating fish kill last month in Biscayne Bay and we need financial commitments to address this problem from multiple fronts.
I would like to request that this Board allocate funding for implementing the Biscayne Bay Task Force Recommendations -- in addition to the funding already allocated for a full-time Chief Bay Officer to oversee the Bay's recovery. I would also like to request that the County allocate funding to conduct a county-wide inventory of all properties on septic and a county-wide inventory of all municipal storm drains and outfalls. Finally, I'd like to request that the County set aside funding to conduct an economic valuation to demonstrate the multiple bottom-line benefits of converting from septic to sewer.
We must continue to invest in our water - our environment and our economy rely on it.
How to Participate
You can participate virtually via Zoom or over the phone:
- Join the Zoom meeting to speak, where permissible, on an item by registering in advance of the meeting at https://miamidade.live/BCCMeeting
- Call in live by phone to speak, where permissible, on an item at (305) 375-5777; to avoid delays you may register in advance at https://miamidade.live/BCCMeeting
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