We are proud to have Pubbelly Sushi as one of Miami Waterkeeper's corporate partners committed to sustainability, and are excited to be working with Pubbelly Sushi for Earth Month, all month!
Throughout the month of April, we are asking the community to join our efforts by completing a beach cleanup, for #EarthMonth, and in exchange, Pubbelly will give you a complimentary Butter Krab Roll to celebrate your efforts in keeping our waters swimmable, drinkable, and fishable for all. Here’s how:
1. Complete a beach cleanup and post a photo or video on social media
2. Follow and tag @pubbellyglobal and @miamiwaterkeeper on Instagram or Facebook
3. Use the hashtag #pbbeachcleanup
4. Show your post (or screenshot) to your server at one of the Pubbelly locations near you to redeem your complimentary Butter Krab Roll!
Click HERE to learn more about Pubbelly Sushi's commitment to clean water and our environment.
Photo of Miami Waterkeeper Program Manager, Collin Schladweiler and Community Engagement Coordinator, Casey Dresbach, completing a coastal cleanup in February 2020 (pre-COVID)** at Pelican Island in North Bay Village.
**Be sure to practice social distancing, limit to small groups, and make sure to follow CDC recommendations as they pertain to COVID precautions.**
Miami Waterkeeper is proud to be partnering with ARTSail for Earth Day - they have commissioned an artist, Feisty Ink Designs, to design a custom print reflecting the aspects of Biscayne Bay. This design has been printed on t-shirts and tank tops, in various colors, to be sold on a platform called Bonfire, available HERE for purchase!
Proceeds of the t-shirt sales will go to MWK to support our efforts in ensuring clean water for all. T-shirts will be available for purchase through 04/26! Get yours before they are gone!
Don't forget to take the 1,000 Eyes on the Water training course before the end of Earth Month! We need as many eyes on the water as we can get to help stop water pollution. Plus, everyone who completes the training will get two free tickets to visit Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to put their patrol skills to the test!
Once you complete the training, the code will be attached to the certificate you receive by email upon completion. Then, to reserve your tickets, visit Vizcaya's website and use the code to purchase up to 2 free tickets to visit Vizcaya. The code will be valid from 4/12/2021 to 5/14/2021, just in time to celebrate Earth Day! Please note that the code will allow you to purchase two tickets for any date, even dates that are after the code's expiration date. We hope this is helpful for you to plan ahead.
While there, enjoy the Main House and Gardens, take a few minutes to patrol Biscayne Bay from the Upper and Lower East Terrace, and take a moment to observe natural coastal habitats, like mangroves. The 1,000 Eyes on the Water training will prepare you to observe, identify, and report pollution issues you may see in and around marine ecosystems. If you come across any pollution sources (besides plastic and marine debris, which you should clean up if you spot any), report to Miami Waterkeeper after your patrol.
If you have the fortune of coordinating your patrolling session with other Miami Waterkeeper Members, all the better! But remember to please follow all the CDC guidelines in regard to safety, social distancing and family groups. If you have any questions about this partnership or the code, please email [email protected] and/or [email protected]vizcaya.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible!
Click HERE to complete the virtual 1000 Eyes on the Water course, and become part of our Water Patrol Team!
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fertilizer is full of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. These are great for your plants and vegetation. However, too much of a good thing can be bad when found in high concentrations in our waterways. This is known as nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution can contribute to algae blooms which can clog our waterways, turn the water green, smell bad, and kill fish and wildlife.
Now is the time for action on fertilizer -- and we need your voice! We must curb pollution that is getting into the Bay from fertilizers by advocating for a strong fertilizer ordinance in Miami-Dade County. Keep Biscayne Bay clean, not green! Read below on how to send in your comment or sign our petition here.
On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners will be voting on the final reading of a fertilizer ordinance. This legislation is sponsored by Commissioner Eileen Higgins, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, and Commissioner Sally Heyman. It is a strong ordinance and we support it moving forward to protect Biscayne Bay water quality.
Now, we need your voice to help this item pass!
Send an email to the County Commission in support of Agenda Item 5D. Click here to send an email to: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
What to say? Simply copy and paste the text below.
Subject: In Support of a County Fertilizer Ordinance
I am writing to encourage you to vote in favor of Agenda Item 5D - a fertilizer ordinance for Miami Dade County.
In August 2020, Biscayne Bay experienced a devastating fish kill and algae bloom. These events resulted in vast marine life death and smelly green algae blanketing our waters. We now know that this event was linked to nutrient pollution from sources like septic tanks, sewage leaks, stormwater runoff, and fertilizer.
Fertilizer, when applied in excess, can degrade water quality by contributing to nutrient pollution. This ordinance was designed to be protective of water quality and includes important measures that I support including a blackout period on fertilizer application, 0% phosphorus in fertilizer mix, and mandatory setbacks from waterways and storm drains for fertilizer application.
Further, the Biscayne Bay Task Force has identified a fertilizer ordinance as a short-term measure in their recovery plan to address nutrient pollution in the Bay. This ordinance is a win-win: it is a cost-saving measure and it is protective of our marine environment.
I encourage you to vote in favor of this ordinance at Tuesday's Commission meeting.
Thank you for your leadership on this issue and for your commitment to protecting Biscayne Bay.
[ Your Name ]
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Celebrate Earth Day with Miami Waterkeeper and Compass at 6 PM on April 22nd, 2021, Earth Day! We'll be covering the threats to our Bay and how critical clean water is to our ecosystem and the real estate sector, a major driver of our economy. Be sure to tune in and save your spot!
Make sure to click the registration link HERE to RSVP for the virtual event!
Arrive to the virtual event in style too - grab your "Save the Bay" Compass hat before they are gone! All proceeds will go to Miami Waterkeeper in support of clean water for all. Click HERE to purchase yours!
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Learn more about Miami Beach Rising Above and Sustainachella HERE!
Sustainachella is a series of virtual community workshops hosted by the City of Miami Beach. Each workshop focuses on a different topic that promotes environmental stewardship and sustainable living habits. Workshops are held on the Zoom platform and are open to the public.
*Students are eligible to receive 1 community service hour. To obtain the community service hour, the student must register and check "Yes" in the question field.