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Miami-Dade County releases the Biscayne Bay Report Card

In May 2018, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution spearheaded by then-Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava to develop and implement an annual Biscayne Bay report card. Now Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava has finally released a 50-page Biscayne Bay Report Card on December 10, 2020. This annual report on the health of Biscayne Bay is the first of its kind, and we hope it will be an annual product released to collect information on the state of Biscayne Bay. 

The report card's finding are extensive and highlight the Bay's water quality crises, saying “The Report Card results indicate that much of the Bay is experiencing some level of water quality or ecological impairment. All areas of northern Biscayne Bay and the western half of the Bay along its entire shoreline are either in the fair or the poor range. Only the eastern half of south-central Bay is in the good range. These findings further support the need to take decisive action to address the conditions affecting the Bay.”

Google earth imagery of seagrass dieoff in N Biscayne Bay from 2011- 2016. 

 

Click HERE to read the 2019 Biscayne Bay Report Card. 

 

Conditions only worsened in the 2020 Report card, following the severe fish kill that afflicted northern Biscayne Bay in the summer of 2020. In this second Biscayne Bay report card, no region received a "good" water quality score. 

Click HERE To read the 2020 Biscayne Bay Report Card. 

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