Student Spotlight: Casey Dresbach

Miami Waterkeeper student, Casey Dresbach, recently completed her Honor's thesis with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and participated in a poster session where she described her project. Casey used ArcGIS to study Brownfields within Miami-Dade County.


Miami Waterkeeper's Legal Challenge Against Turkey Point's License Renewal Passes First Hurdle

Florida Power and Light has proposed plans to keep its 1970s-era nuclear reactors and cooling canal system at its Turkey Point facility in operation until the 2050s. These plants were originally set to be shut down in 2032. Many concerns surround the proposed plans for the operation extension, ranging from pollution of the Bay and aquifer to impacts to the federally listed American Crocodile to sea level rise risks. These concerns center largely around the continued operation of the Cooling Canal System - an industrial wastewater system used to cool the nuclear reactors. The troubled and controversial canal system is currently undergoing a $200 million cleanup effort for previous environmental impacts, including the spread of a saltwater plume threatening to pollute the Biscayne Aquifer, the region’s drinking water. And guess what -- FPL just got permission to charge YOU to clean it up. 


Miami Waterkeeper Showcases Swim Guide App at eMerge Americas

The concept of eMerge is simple, both established enterprises and bold new startups collect in one shared space, giving them the unique opportunity to network with each other on a large scale. Media, investors, business, higher education, and startups are at the heart of this yearly technology expo held in Miami Beach. These sectors gather for the opportunity to advance both practical and digital solutions by building stronger relationships with one another. eMerge facilitates these relationships by holding different events, such as presentations or discussion panels, that are specifically designed to be of interest to more than one of these different enterprises. 


Worsening High Tide Flooding Washes Pollution into Water Bodies

As sea levels rise, high-tide flooding has worsened in many coastal cities on the east coast like Miami. As these flood waters recede, they carry excess toxic pollutants and nutrients into rivers, bays, lakes, and coastal waters.


Waterkeepers Florida Amendment 1 Amicus Brief Denied

This past summer, South Florida experienced some of the worst algal blooms ever recorded in history. This issue has been recurring with increasing severity over the years, affecting our water quality, public health, and economy. Scientists blame diverted waterways that prevent natural water flow and nutrient filtration, in addition to industrial and agricultural pollution. Moreover, warming oceans are exacerbating the issue.


Port Everglades Dredging Status Update

The Army Corps of Engineers recently released a status report on their upcoming dredging project at Port Everglades. The report announced that the project has now been delayed to 2021. 

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A federally protected Staghorn Coral buried in dredging sediment from the PortMiami expansion project.

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!


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