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.


Counting Down our Top 10 #WaterWins for 2018!

As 2018 winds town, we are feeling thankful for our amazing community who has supported our mission and been partners with us in an  incredible year. We launched four new programs, added to our amazing team, and had a year of #waterwins across our outreach, advocacy and research platforms.

Join us in a a countdown of our top 10 #waterwins in 2018:

 


Dredging Déjà vu

Miami’s reefs are in dire need of protection from being dredged again – AGAIN! Yes, that’s right, we’re as shocked as you are.

We recently announced that our efforts secured the restoration of 10,000 threatened corals following the PortMiami Dredging – a huge victory for our reefs.

But, what we didn’t know was that the Corps didn’t dredge deeply enough the first time around and they’re coming back for more. That’s right, the Port of Miami will be dredged AGAIN. We can’t allow this to happen and let the same mistakes threaten our reefs.


#WaterWins: Plastic Straw Bans Pick up Steam

Pollution from discarded single-use plastics poses a major threat to wildlife and leaves our beaches littered with trash. A portion of that trash is made up of single-use plastic straws and stirrers that do not naturally break down. Plastic straws and stirrers are small enough to be accidentally ingested by wildlife and, rather than break down naturally in the environment like paper or wood-based products, plastic straws break down into smaller and smaller pieces. These “microplastics” are easily eaten by organisms as small as plankton, allowing the ingested plastic to travel up the food chain, even to us humans.


Rare Red Tide Makes Its Way to South Florida

Southwest Florida’s year-long red tide has spread to the east coast of South Florida, forcing local and state officials to close beaches and issue advisories right at the start of the busy winter tourist season. As Florida’s most populous region, the impacts on South Florida could be immense. Red tide also poses a significant threat to Biscayne Bay. Although red tides are notoriously difficult to predict, nutrient pollution and low levels of freshwater influx into Biscayne Bay create conditions known to allow the red tide causing algae, Karenia brevis, to bloom. Upcoming King Tides in October and November can make the outbreak even worse if more algae gets pushed closer to shore and into Miami’s protected bays and canals.

 

 


Bay Day 2018 Crest Sponsor: Biscayne Bank!

Thank you to our crest sponsor- Biscayne Bank!

 


Port Everglades BioBlitz

Port of Miami was dredged starting in 2013 to create a deeper and wider port for updated shipping vessels. The sediment associated with this dredging impacted the health of nearly 250 acres of the Florida Reef Tract. Soon thereafter, the United States Army Corps of Engineers began plans to dredge at Port Everglades - located just 30 miles up the coast – with the hopes of continuing to make larger ports for these larger ships. The problem? The Florida Reef Tract also extends just offshore from Port Everglades, and without incorporating lessons learned from the dredging in PortMiami, the corals in this area stand to be impacted as well. One of these major lessons was that inadequate baseline data was taken BEFORE the dredging of PortMiami. In order to better account for benthic resources in Port Everglades, Miami Waterkeeper planned a “BioBlitz” event, to include the general public in our surveys of coral health near the new planned dredging site.


FPL’s Turkey Point Plant has Problems, and now FPL wants it to run even longer

FPL’s Turkey Point nuclear plant is contaminating Biscayne National Park, the Biscayne Aquifer (our primary source of drinking water) and filling nearby wetlands with salt. Despite the myriad of environmental and safety problems with the plant, and while currently engaged in corrective action that may or may not work, Florida Power and Light (FPL) is now asking the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to relicense these units. A license from the NRC would make Units 3 & 4 the oldest operating nuclear reactors in the United States and would allow them to operate until 2052 – giving them an unprecedented 80-year operating life! These reactors are already the hottest operating reactors in the U.S. and are the only reactors worldwide that use a cooling canal system rather than cooling towers.

nrc_relicensing_comments.jpgMiami Waterkeeper Staff Attorney, Kelly Cox, delivers comments before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission


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