December 2021 Newsletter

November 2021 Recap

Click the video below to see what we're up to at Miami Waterkeeper.

Last month, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Give Miami Day with The Miami Foundation - and what a celebration it was! More than 400 members of the community showed their dedication to clean water by donating over $124,000 - and the first $15,000 of that was matched by the Charlesmead Foundation!

We are grateful to our Champions for Clean Water, who together raised $45,000+ by spreading the word about our work to protect the water we all love: Jeffrey Bast, Kenneth Broad, PhD, Greg Clark, Amy Clement, PhD, Kirk Forbes, Greg Frankel, Emilie Fritz-Veloso, Lauren Hornor, Olivia and Martina Ianelli, Elizabeth Kelly, PhD, Cindy Lerner, Ellen Levinson, Carla Lovinsky, Jessie Mejia, Lilybeth Moreno, Christina Monteanu, Samantha Morejon, Matias Nieto, Alfredo Ramirez, Jill Reiter, Judd Rosen, Gabe Sardinia, Collin Schladweiller, Rodney Sedillo, Michael Shifrin, Rachel Silverstein, PhD, Audrey Siu, Jaimee Spector, and Peter Zuckerman.

Special shoutout to Louis Aguirre from Local 10 News, Muriel Olivares from Little River Cooperative, Captain Benny Blanco, and Commissioner Ken Russell for joining our Give Miami Day Virtual Policy Briefing. If you missed us live, you can view the recording here.

There's still time to join the movement for clean water before year end! Click the button below to give now.

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Take Action

Protect Florida's Wetlands

Florida's wetlands are under threat without full federal protections. We're working with Earthjustice and a coalition of environmental protection organizations across the state to restore wetlands protections that were removed in early January 2021. Click here to contact Florida's federal representatives to tell them to urge the EPA to reinstate these protections to protect the water we love.

Tell the County Commission to Hold the Line

The Urban Development Boundary confines urban sprawl to protect the Everglades. However, a proposed industrial complex threatens to breach the Boundary. You can tell the County Commission to vote NO on the development. Click here to tell our commissioners to Hold the Line and protect our wetlands and our water.



Miami-Dade Goes Plastic Free

Plastic Free 305

The Miami-Dade County Commission passed a resolution to create a Plastic Free 305 program that will recognize and support businesses that eliminate single-use plastics from their operations. Kudos to Debris Free Oceans for leading this effort.


The Miami Beach City Commission prioritized its #PlasticFreeMB sustainability initiative by stopping to reevaluate its Coca-Cola contract renewal, which would have required the city to purchase 22,500 products in single-use plastic bottles per year for the next 10 years. Kudos to for leading this effort.


SACS Technical Comment Letter

The Army Corps of Engineers is submitting a report called the South Atlantic Coastal Study (SACS) to Congress alongside their recommendations to address coastal storm damage and sea-level rise. We submitted a technical comment letter to the Army Corps sharing science-backed feedback on the draft of the report, which include both agreements with some recommendations and suggested revisions for others. Click here to read more and here to read the full letter.


Junior Ambassadors

Junior Ambassadors participated in a civic engagement and environmental justice training at North Bay Village City Hall. Check out Junior Ambassador Jamora's recap of the training here.


Grant Awards

We are grateful to the following foundations for entrusting us with grant funding to carry out the work to achieve our shared vision of a more sustainable community:

  • Coral Gables Community Foundation
  • Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
  • Jacarlene Foundation


Come work with us!

We have a job opening for a Part-Time Field Technician, who will be an invaluable member of our scientific research team. Click here to learn more about the role and email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with "Part-Time Field Technician" in the subject line by December 17 to apply.


In the News

  • There are many ways to help Biscayne Bay. You can start with how you treat your own yard. Two of Miami Waterkeeper's programs - 1,000 Eyes on the Water and Junior Ambassadors - were featured in a Miami Herald article about protecting Biscayne Bay. Click here to read more.

  • Miami will pause Brickell condo's construction after flooding in underground garage. Last month, we shared information about a breach in the aquifer during the construction of Miami's deepest underground garage. Now, the city has paused the project. Click here to read more.

  • The Little River's polluted flow fuels Biscayne Bay troubles. Scientists taking a deeper look. Miami Waterkeeper's water quality monitoring work and our response to the 2020 fish kill was referenced as key to monitoring and understanding what's happening in Biscayne Bay. Click here to read more.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must evolve to meet the growing demands of climate-fueled flood risk. Miami's Waterkeeper, Dr. Rachel Silverstein, emphasized the need for the Army Corps of Engineers to provide more comprehensive solutions that do not separate sea level rise from storm surge. Click here to read more.


Events & Activities

Habitat Restoration Day

Help restore our fragile beach dune ecosystem on Virginia Key while getting your hands dirty with our team!

  • Saturday, December 11th
  • Virginia Key
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • RSVP Required - Specific location details will be sent with RSVP confirmation.


Our 2022 Volunteer Calendar is Almost Set!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up-to-date information on when we're hosting restoration and clean-up events and how to sign up.

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