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!


Day on the Bay 2019

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On February 27th, 2019, we were joined by the Microsoft Cities Civic Engagement Team, The Miami Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, local community leaders, elected officials, and their staff on a boat tour to discuss issues Biscayne Bay faces and various efforts to being made throughout Miami-Dade County to mitigate those issues. The Day on the Bay tour is a learning experience that allows public officials and community leaders to interact and learn from local scientific experts.


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.  


Miami Waterkeeper and Facebook Join Forces!

We were so honored join Facebook for the launch party of their gorgeous new office – overlooking Biscayne Bay!  Thank you for highlighting our mission to ensure access to swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water.


A Warm Welcome to Carla Lovinsky!

Join Miami Waterkeeper in welcoming our new office manager, Carla Lovinsky! Carla joined our team in November 2018, and we’re very excited to be working with her!


City of Miami Will No Longer Use Round Up!

This morning, February 28th, the Miami Waterkeeper team provided comments at City Hall in support of a City of Miami resolution that would ban the use of herbicides containing the ingredient glyphosate. In the last year, the City of Miami used almost 5,000 gallons of herbicide containing glyphosate on city property. To address this problem, Commissioner Ken Russell sponsored a resolution that would make it City policy to use more environmentally friendly alternatives. 


Historic Places, Green Spaces

Dade Heritage Trust’s Historic Places, Green Spaces program was launched in 2017 and takes students K-12 on half-day field trips to historic sites located in Lummus Park. So far, over 3,000 students and about 200 teachers have participated in the program. The purpose of the program is to engage students with historic, cultural, and recreational places with hands-on learning techniques and get them interested in historic and environmental preservation.


Taking Action on World Water Monitoring Day

Miami Waterkeeper is an exceptional organization that taught me how to become more involved in environmental advocacy in ways I never knew I could. During my time as a Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador, Kelly Cox, the Program Director, introduced me to EarthEcho International, where I applied to be a Water Challenge Ambassador. Being part of Miami Waterkeeper and EarthEcho International gave me multiple opportunities where I was able to educate the youth and engage them in our fight for a better future and planet.

 In honor of World Water Monitoring Day last year, Domingo Cortez, an EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassador, and I had an incredible time teaching more than one hundred 4th and 5th graders during their science class at St. Agnes Academy, a Catholic school in Key Biscayne.

 


Miami Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

For decades the Army Corps of Engineers – the primary civil and environmental engineering arm of the United States government – has been carrying out projects to protect Miami-Dade County and its shoreline from the impacts of floods, storms, and erosion. These projects have typically taken the form of things like beach nourishment, seawalls, and artificial breakwaters, or structures built offshore to absorb wave energy. Now, the Corps is again examining potential projects to reduce the risks of coastal storms through two feasibility studies: one looking at the oceanside shore of the barrier islands, and the other looking at the coast on the western border of Biscayne Bay, including the heavily developed urban core of Miami.


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