Upcoming Events

September 19, 2019
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
September 19, 2019 05:00 PM September 19, 2019 08:00 PM America/New_York Tell the County where you want your tax dollars spent! Stephen P. Clark Government Center
Stephen P. Clark Government Center

Budget Hearings

Each year, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners votes on exactly how to spend your taxpayer dollars. Did you know that YOU can have a say in how your money gets spent in Miami-Dade? 

This year, they’re proposing a break down based on a few key categories, including:

  • Public Safety
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Recreation and Culture
  • Neighborhood and Infrastructure
  • Health and Society
  • General Government
  • Economic Development

Of key note for our watershed, is the section that involves infrastructure – particularly the Water and Sewer Department (WASD). You may have heard that there have been millions of gallons of sewage leaks in Miami Dade County this year. These leaks keep happening, in part, because our sewage infrastructure is breaking down with old age. Some parts of our sewer system are more than 100 years old!

Most recently, a spill near Oleta River State Park resulted in more than 1.5 million gallons of raw sewage entering Biscayne Bay and surrounding waterways, ultimately causing swim advisories at several nearby beaches. This is not only unsightly, but it can be dangerous to public and environmental health.  

Also, the County released a report this year showing that over half of the septic tanks in Miami-Dade already don't work part of the year because of sea-level rise. This is an urgent environmental and public health concern. And, the estimated cost to get rid of all of the septic tanks in the County is on the order of $3.3 billion.

Despite these ongoing spills and failing septic tanks, WASD is not asking for more money for these projects. In fact, they're asking for less! WASD has said that budget shortfalls and lack of available funding have contributed to the maintenance backlog associated with these chronic sewage leaks.

Recent events illustrate that WASD may need this funding now more than ever in order to expedite repairs of our decaying sewage system.

Will you join us in asking for more funding to fix our leaks? Here's how:

  • Show up! The final budget hearing for the County is September 19, 2019, at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center (111 NW First Street Miami, Florida 33128). You'll have to go through security and then take the escalator to the second floor. (If you get lost, just ask anywhere where the Commission chambers are.) You can give a brief public comment (2 minutes) to express your concerns and priorities for how taxpayer dollars are spent! When you show up, simply fill out a speaker card at the main desk and wait for your name to be called.
  • Send a quick email! Copy and paste some of the below talking points and send an email to Budget Director, Jennifer Moon, to express your concerns and priorities for an investment in our water! 
  • Spread the word! Share this information online and tag your friends, family, and Commissioners! Let them know that resilient infrastructure is important to you and that you care about our waterways.

Tell the Miami Dade County Commission:

  • Clean water is what makes Miami, Miami. Beach closures and a dying Bay are bad for Miami, our economy, and our community.
  • Our sewage infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath us. Much of it is over 50 years old and presents a constant risk to our community.
  • An investment in water infrastructure projects is not only long overdue, but federally mandated by a legally binding Consent Decree with the EPA.
  • To build more resiliently, we have to bring our infrastructure up to and beyond its current carrying capacity in order to anticipate and accommodate future threats.
  • We need to invest in septic to sewer conversion NOW. Septic, even when it works, still pollutes our waterways. Now, it's also not cleaning wastewater properly because of sea-level rise. 
  • We need to invest in water quality monitoring to assist the County with detecting leaks and contamination as they occur, making the public aware as soon as possible in order to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants and bacteria.
  • Ultimately, we need MORE money for Water and Sewer to fix their system, not less!

Interested in learning more? Click here to review the entire proposed budget for Miami Dade County.

 

 

 

 

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September 21, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
September 21, 2019 09:00 AM September 21, 2019 12:00 PM America/New_York International Coastal Clean Up Miami Marine Stadium Laura Chaibongsai laura@miamiwaterkeeper.org
Miami Marine Stadium
3601 Rickenbacker Cswy
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
United States

International Coastal Clean Up

International Coastal Cleanup Miami-Dade, Saturday, Sept 21st 2019

Miami Waterkeeper invites you to join us for the Ocean Conservancy’s 34th annual International Coastal Cleanup taking place in over 100 countries worldwide.  Here in Miami-Dade there will be 40+ simultaneous cleanups all over the county that will be attended by thousands of volunteers.  Will you be one of them?

With 17 billion pounds of plastic entering our ocean each year, marine debris is a serious problem, threatening marine life from corals polyps to sharks, the health of people, and local economies. The good news is that the tides are changing and we are starting see change happening in the right direction!   Each day, major companies make announcements about how they are reducing plastic waste,  governments around the world are implementing sensible legislation, and entrepreneurs are developing innovative solutions and products. We are being heard. This is the power of the grassroots. It’s critical that we keep up the momentum, and participating in ICC is a great way to highlight the problem while demonstrating our collective commitment to reducing marine debris, along with volunteers from around the globe!

Miami-Dade’s local participation in this world-wide event is powered by VolunteerCleanup.org, Miami Waterkeeper, and many other partner organizations and Site Captains who lead the individual cleanups in the program, and is made possible by the generous support of sponsor Covanta, with additional support from Capital One Café, Wells Fargo, and Miami Beach Suncare.

Find an ICC cleanup near you, join the movement and help spread the word!

Registration Link: ICC with Miami Waterkeeper at the Miami Marine Stadium

 


September 25, 2019
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
September 25, 2019 06:00 PM September 25, 2019 08:00 PM America/New_York Water Patrol Training Seminar - September 25 Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129
United States

Water Patrol Training Seminar - September 25

Join us at the beautiful Vizcaya Museum & Gardens for a special 1000 Eyes on the Water Training Seminar to become a part of our water patrol program! We need your help to protect our waterways! Learn how to best observe, document, and report problems in our waterbodies. This event will take our normal water patrol training outdoors to explore some of the ecosystems around the Vizcaya property.

Register for free entrance to Vizcaya to attend the seminar here

This training is one of three required steps to becoming a member of Miami Waterkeeper's Water Patrol. 
In addition to attending one training seminar, you must also:

  1. Fill out the Water Patrol Application
  2. Fill out the Volunteer Liability Agreement

Can't make a training, but want to contribute to this program? Click here!

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October 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 12, 2019 09:00 AM October 12, 2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Simpson Park Cleanup - October 12 Simpson Park
Simpson Park
55 SW 17th Rd
Miami, FL 33129
United States

Simpson Park Cleanup - October 12

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

 

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

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October 26, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 26, 2019 09:00 AM October 26, 2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Simpson Park Cleanup - October 26 Simpson Park
Simpson Park
55 SW 17th Rd
Miami, FL 33129
United States

Simpson Park Cleanup - October 26

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

RSVP

December 07, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
December 07, 2019 09:00 AM December 07, 2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Virginia Key Cleanup - December 7 Virginia Key Beach North Point Park
Virginia Key Beach North Point Park
1820 Arthur Lamb Jr Rd
Miami, FL 33149
United States

Virginia Key Cleanup - December 7

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

RSVP

December 14, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
December 14, 2019 09:00 AM December 14, 2019 12:00 PM America/New_York Virginia Key Cleanup - December 14 Virginia Key Beach North Point Park
Virginia Key Beach North Point Park
1820 Arthur Lamb Jr Rd
Miami, FL 33149
United States

Virginia Key Cleanup - December 14

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

RSVP

January 11, 2020
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
January 11, 2020 09:00 AM January 11, 2020 12:00 PM America/New_York Alice Wainwright Cleanup - January 11 Alice Wainwright Park
Alice Wainwright Park
2845 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33129
United States

Alice Wainwright Cleanup - January 11

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

RSVP

January 25, 2020
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
January 25, 2020 09:00 AM January 25, 2020 12:00 PM America/New_York Alice Wainwright Cleanup - January 25 Alice Wainwright Park
Alice Wainwright Park
2845 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33129
United States

Alice Wainwright Cleanup - January 25

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

RSVP

February 08, 2020
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 08, 2020 09:00 AM February 08, 2020 12:00 PM America/New_York Simpson Park Cleanup - February 8 Simpson Park
Simpson Park
55 SW 17th Rd
Miami, FL 33129
United States

Simpson Park Cleanup - February 8

This joint partnership between the City of Miami Parks and Recreation and Miami Waterkeeper is ongoing through 2020, so join us while we restore our parks! 

Volunteer Day Main Tasks:

  • Debris removal

  • Exotic invasive plant removal

  • Park clean up

Important Volunteer Information:

Please be on time, registration begins 15 minutes before workday starts.

  • Please Bring:

    • Refillable water bottle. Stay hydrated and be prepared to work outside!

    • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts are and long pants are recommended.

    • A hat, sun block and insect repellent (recommended)

    • Gloves you feel comfortable wearing

  • Children under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

RSVP HERE!

Thank you for the support from Hydro Flask Parks for All!

RSVP

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