Florida’s reefs are invaluable to the economy, ecology, and livelihood of South Florida. They bring in billions to Florida's economy, support critical fisheries, host abundant biodiversity, and protect our coastlines from storm surge. However, they're also disappearing. Over 80% of Florida's once-spectacular reef tract has died since the 1970's.
It's time to protect and restore these reefs.
Unfortunately, recent dredging projects at the Port of Miami have killed over half a million corals by burying an area the size of 200 football fields in sediment. Miami Waterkeeper sued and got some of these corals rescued and/or restored. But there is more work to be done, and years after the project ended, the Corps has still not fixed the damage done. We also published a peer-reviewed study proving that over 560,000 corals were killed as a result of the dredging project.
Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to start a major dredging project in Port Everglades without implementing coral protections and lessons learned from the last dredging disaster. We are trying to avoid a "Dredgeful Situation" in Port Everglades. The Corps’ current project plan for Port Everglades is based on demonstrably false data and assumptions, and still fails to protect imperiled coral. Our litigation has forced a redo of the environmental assessments and mitigation. Early indications are that the outdating mitigation plans have still not been updated.
We will continue to hold the Corps accountable and project our reefs from dredging! Help us by signing the petition and add your voice.