Miami Waterkeeper and OneMBA

Last week, our Executive Director & Waterkeeper, spoke to OneMBA participants at the University of Miami. The OneMBA is a global executive MBA program that builds real-world business knowledge and cultivates real-life relationships. Through immersive in-country residencies, global teamwork, project collaborations, and a challenging multicultural curriculum, this program is offered in partnership the University of Miami Business School as its new American partner.


April is Water Conservation Month!

On April 2, 2019, Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried highlighted key issues facing Florida's natural lands and waterways. She sponsored a resolution, signed by Governor DeSantis and the entire cabinet, recognizing the month of April as Water Conservation Month in the state of Florida.


2018 Beach Closures in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties

The Florida Department of health monitors beaches throughout the state as part of the Florida Healthy Beaches Program for enterococci bacteria and then determines whether those beaches are safe for swimming or not. 

Enterococci are bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal track of humans and animals. The presence of this bacteria can be an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. Exposure to these bacteria while swimming or recreating on the water may cause disease, infections, or rashes.

If an enterococci result exceeds 70 colony forming units per 100 mL of beach water sampled, and a resampling also exceeds this value, then an "advisory" would be issued for the sampling site. This advisory is a warning to those who want to swim or recreate that the area is not safe to do so. 


Miami Waterkeeper one of Hydro Flask's Grant Recipients of the 2018 Parks for All Charitable Giving Program!

In November 2018, Hydro Flask, the award-winning leader in high performance, insulated stainless steel flasks, announced the recipients of it 2018 Parks for All Charitable Giving Program. We are excited to say that Miami Waterkeeper is one of those grantees!


Miami Waterkeeper Tours Biscayne Bay!

This week, Miami Waterkeeper participated in a mobile workshop for The Funders' Network Annual Conference. This year's conference focused on how Miami is grappling with the stark realities of climate change and other environmental threats. The conference theme, Power Forward, included a call to action "for philanthropy to leverage the sector's collective power to create communities and regions that are truly sustainable and just." Tour leaders spoke on these themes during a mobile workshop boat cruise around Biscayne Bay and the Miami River.


Miami Waterkeeper featured in PBS Urban Nature series

Urban Nature, a digital series on WTTW, the PBS member station in Chicago, recently did a segment on sea level rise in Miami. Our Executive Director, Rachel Silverstein, was featured in this segment discussing sea level rise and the additional problems Miami might face in the near future due to flooding.


An Ultra Mistake?

Ultra is an annual electronic music festival that was founded in 1999 in Miami. This annual event has brought hundreds of thousands of people to Downtown Miami over the past several years, but residents complained about the noise and crowds. At the end of last year, the City of Miami City Commission voted against a contract that would keep it at its downtown home, Bayfront Park, for the next 5 years. Instead, the music festival will be held on Virginia Key at the Miami Marine Stadium and Virginia Key Beach Park. Many from the Village of Key Biscayne, community leaders and advocacy groups, have pushed back against this decision due to traffic, noise, and environmental concerns.


Sea-Level Rise to be Ignored in Florida Nuclear Reactor Licensing Review

WASHINGTON – A judicial panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission late yesterday agreed to review two measures brought by environmental groups on the proposed license extension of the Turkey Point reactor in Florida. But the panel, the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board, rejected requests to consider the impact of sea-level rise on the plant, which is south of Miami.  

Turkey Point, owned by Florida Power & Light, is the first nuclear facility to seek a license to operate for 80 years. If it gets the license, it can stay in operation until 2053. The petitions were brought by Miami Waterkeeper, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Friends of the Earth. 


A warm welcome to Laura Chaibongsai!

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Join Miami Waterkeeper in welcoming our new Program Director, Laura Chaibongsai! Laura joined our team in February 2019, and we’re very excited to be working with her!


Un-bill-ieveable Boat Patrol Rescue! Ransom Everglades Students Help Injured Pelican

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On Sunday, March 3, 2019, Miami Waterkeeper and Ransom Everglades School conducted a monthly Boat Patrol. The patrol traveled up the Gables Waterway while our Miami Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein, discussed the importance of living shorelines with students. Living shorelines provide important wildlife habitat and also build our waterfront's resilience to storm surge and sea level rise. Students practiced identifying different types of shorelines, including seawalls, rip rap, rock, and mangroves. Our diligent students also kept a keen eye out for marine debris on the water, being sure to pick up balloons from mangrove roots, as well as balls and bottles drifting with the current.  


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