Miami Waterkeeper’s Elizabeth Kelly Published New Paper on Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Microalgae Interactions

Please join us in congratulating Miami Waterkeeper’s Research Coordinator, Elizabeth Kelly, on the publishing of her paper, “Proliferation of microalgae and enterococci in Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Loxahatchee watersheds."


Waterkeepers FL Request for Public Hearing on CWA Section 404

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires permits for any discharge of dredge and fill into Waters of the U.S., including streams, rivers, canals, and wetlands. Many of these waterways and water bodies throughout the State of Florida are ecologically and economically important, thus requiring the highest level of review and scrutiny under the Clean Water Act. However, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is attempting to take over, or "assume," this regulatory authority and potentially curtail this high level of careful examination. 

(Source: USDA and Natural Resources Conservation (NRC)).

Miami Waterkeeper and Waterkeepers FL have recently expressed our concerns in a letter sent to FDEP, emphasizing that this process requires the highest level of review that only the federal government can guarantee. We are requesting a series of public hearings, allowing the public to intervene in this controversial shift in authority.


Welcome Casey

Join Miami Waterkeeper in welcoming our new Outreach Associate, Casey Dresbach! Casey joined our team in February 2020, and we’re very excited to be working with her!

Partnership with The International Seakeepers Society Provides New Opportunities for Youth

One of our underlying goals at Miami Waterkeeper is to make meaningful connections between people and the water surrounding their communities. To accomplish this goal we seek creative ways for members of our community here in South Florida, particularly youth, to engage in water related education in order to foster environmental stewardship and advocacy. In doing so, we often find amazing partners like Seakeepers to help us reach these goals!

Team Miami Waterkeeper at Miami Marathon 2020

On February 9, 2020, a dedicated group of Miami Waterkeeper volunteers crossed the finish line of the Miami Marathon, pulling over 100 lbs. of ocean trash with them, nearly 10 hours after they started!

Team Miami Waterkeeper: Andrew Otazo, Carlos Gaviria, Nick Grate, Tony DelaRosa, Irene Vailikit, Katy Huddlestun, Ben Zaoui, Joaquin Urrechaga.


Waterkeepers Florida Passes Resolution Opposing Statewide Preemption

State preemption occurs when the state passes a law that supersedes local authority. As a “Home Rule” state, Florida grants counties and municipalities the authority to self-govern. This is beneficial as local governments are often more familiar with their community and constituents' needs. However, the State has authorized a series of preemptions relating to environmental matters, undermining municipal "Home Rule." The state of Florida has preempted plastic bag bans, polystyrene (styrofoam) bans, and most recently has made moves to preempt bans on sunscreens that are not "reef-safe."


Winner of the 2018 “Best Paper Award” for Coral Reefs!

Coral Reefs, the Journal of the International Coral Reef Society, has awarded the “Best Paper Award 2018” to Ross Cunning, Andrew Baker, and our very own Executive Director & Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein!


What We Accomplished in 2019!

Our 2019 numbers are in, and they are certainly something to boast about! This last year was a year of growth for Miami Waterkeeper across all fronts of our organization. Without sharing too much, we want to showcase some of our greatest successes over the past year.

A Big Thank You to Periosolutions!

Miami Waterkeeper is so thankful to be the organization chosen for an annual fundraiser put on by Periosolutions and their associated study club of dental offices. Each year they choose an organization to fundraise for, and this year they had the environment in mind! Raising over $1,500, they have shown their commitment to helping us ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all!

Miami Waterkeeper Provides Supplemental Comments to FDEP Turkey Point NPDES Permit

Miami Waterkeeper and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) jointly provided supplemental technical comments on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Turkey Point. These comments were submitted in addition to the comments made in May 2019.

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Turkey Point Point Power Plant - Photo Credit: Sun-Sentinel

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