M.P.S. Student Spotlight: Nicole Sedran!

Please join us in congratulating Nicole Sedran on her recent completion of her Master's degree! As Programs Intern with Miami Waterkeeper, Nicole helped curate content for Miami Waterkeeper's fertilizer outreach and education campaign. Throughout her internship, Nicole completed a series of projects, working closely with Miami Waterkeeper staff on both the Fertilizer Campaign and 1,000 Eyes on the Water Program

 


Miami Waterkeeper Featured in Visionaries PBS Series

We’re thrilled to partner with Visionaries Public Television Series, the award-winning series hosted by Sam Waterston, to highlight Waterkeeper Warriors and their global impact. Miami Waterkeeper is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, a movement of Waterkeepers that patrol and protect nearly 3 million square miles of water for almost a billion people around the world. This episode features two Waterkeepers in both Peru and South Florida. Our very own Miami Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein, sheds light on Miami Waterkeeper's efforts to protect and restore Biscayne Bay and the surrounding watershed. 

 

 


COVID-19 Outbreak & Changes In Water Quality Testing Protocol

Because COVID-19 has been detected in fecal matter and wastewater, Waterkeeper Alliance suggests that those sampling water change their protocols.


One Fish, Two Fish -- See a Fish, Send a Fish!

Make a difference while you distance! 

Join our "See a fish, Send a Fish" campaign and help Miami Waterkeeper spot wildlife, debris, and pollution by reporting or tagging us in your sightings.

During this time of low boat traffic and little rainfall, our water has been noticeably clearer and bluer. And while we're all taking a pause, many people are also connecting with the nature that's around them. For example, Miami Waterkeeper has been receiving increased reports of wildlife sightings including dolphins, turtles, sharks, manatees, rays, and even a pair of endangered smalltooth sawfish! 

 


FPL Turkey Point Appeal: Summarized Court Filings

Miami Waterkeeper continues our legal challenge of FPL's 20-year license renewal for Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. This March, Miami Waterkeeper and co-plaintiffs Friends of the Earth and Natural Resources Defense Council, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

 

(Source: FPL)

 


Take Action: Protect the Clean Water Act

Recently, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced its intent to assume the federal authority of Clean Water Act permits related to dredging and filling (Section 404). This means that our wetland and marine ecosystems could be at risk. 

 


Is Your Water Clean? Learn More About our Water Quality Monitoring Program

Miami Waterkeeper currently conducts weekly bacteria monitoring at 8 locations in Miami-Dade County. This sampling is to supplement the Florida Department of Health (DOH)’s Healthy Beaches program weekly tests.


What is a Swim Advisory?

What is a Swim Advisory?

A Swim Advisory is issued by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) when two consecutive samples from a site monitored by their Florida Healthy Beaches monitoring program reveal exceedances of more than 70 MPN of the fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) enterococci. Read more about this process HERE. After the second exceedance from the same site, DOH lets the local municipality know about a swim advisory for that beach and posts it on their website.  


Endangered Species Act Lawsuit Launched Against Feds for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

This morning, Miami Waterkeeper joined a lawsuit with Center for Biological Diversity related to the Nassau Grouper for failure to protect this critically important species. 

 

Nassau Grouper (NOAA, 2020).Nassau Grouper (Photo by Nicolas Voison from Shutterstock; Oceana, 2020). 


So, You Have a Fertilizer Ordinance -- Now What?

The State of Florida has designated Biscayne Bay as “impaired” for nutrient pollution. Municipal fertilizer ordinances that limit the time, extent, and type of fertilizer to be applied can help reduce runoff of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus into Biscayne Bay and surrounding water bodies. Such nutrient pollution can significantly degrade water quality and lead to algae blooms that harm not only the ecosystem but also the coastal economy. Increased health care costs from hospitals and doctor visits, losses in tourism revenue, and clean-up activities can all be negative economic impacts of algae blooms.


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