Miami Waterkeeper is a proud partner of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Habitat Blueprint Program. Since 2015, Miami Waterkeeper has focused efforts on the Biscayne Bay Habitat Focus Area -- an area specially designated by NOAA as "at risk" for habitat decline and degradation.
Miami Waterkeeper, in cooperation with academic partners, has achieved a number of successes in our time working on HFA issues, including:
- A Socioeconomic Characterization of Biscayne Bay and its Uses and Activities
- A Biscayne Bay Economic & Spatial Study Story Map
A Web GIS for Biscayne Bay featuring:
- Web Maps in Species, Sea Level Rise, Habitat, Boundaries, Boating, and Water Quality
- Story Maps in Socioeconomic characterization of Biscayne Bay, Explore Biscayne Bay, Biscayne Bay Economic and Spatial Study, and Determining Water Quality Trends Using High-Resolution Land Use Data
- Informational Materials for Biscayne Bay Water Watch - a volunteer citizen science water quality monitoring program, including:
- The Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador program
- Stormwater enforcement notification efforts
- Template fertilizer ordinance and supplemental legislative materials
- Outreach materials including Stormwater Runoff brochures in English and Spanish
- A Best Management Practices guide for homeowners, commercial properties, municipal managers, and elected officials.
Through continued support from NOAA, Miami Waterkeeper will lead a project in 2018-19 titled "Reducing Land-based Sources of Pollution through Community Engagement." This project will include efforts to address pollution through public and elected official engagement, best management practices, youth environmental education, water quality sampling and water patrols, and stormwater permit enforcement.