On February 23, 2022, Dr. Rachel Silverstein, Miami Waterkeeper’s Executive Director and Waterkeeper, presented during the 8th biennial University of Florida (UF) Water Institute Symposium in Gainesville, Fl.
This event brought together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore water issues from multiple perspectives. The 2022 Symposium focused on innovative science, technology, education, policy, and management advances.
Dr. Silverstein’s presentation, titled “Nature-Based Solutions to Building Resiliency”, delved into the benefits of using nature to address societal problems, rather than falling back on the traditional gray infrastructure and overly-engineered designs that often cause unintended consequences down the road. The presentation highlighted Miami Waterkeeper’s work in pivoting the U.S Army Corps of Engineers away from the plan to build the colossal wall along Biscayne Bay’s waterfront. As a result of our advocacy, a locally-preferred plan that includes additional green infrastructure is currently being considered as an alternative to the Corps’ initial plan.
Dr. Silverstein was honored to join panelists Annie Brett (UF Levin College of Law), Adam Blalock (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) and Christine Angelini (UF College of Engineering). The panel was graciously moderated by Tom Ankerson (University of Florida).
Photo credit: UF Center for Coastal Solutions