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Delivered: March 2017

We’ve had a busy March!

  • Our supporters (like you!) submitted over 10,000 comments asking for stronger reef protections in the Port Everglades expansion project.
  • We’ve exposed the Army Corps for distributing “alternative facts” to the public in both Port Miami and Port Everglades.
  • We’ve helped get the ball rolling on a plastic grocery bag ban in Coral Gables to reduce marine debris.
  • And we got to hang out with Phillippe Cousteau, Jr. on World Water Day by collecting water quality samples with local schools at the Biscayne Nature Center!

No More Plastic Straws: With an Eye on the Environment, Village Works Toward Ban

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Meet Rachel Silverstein of Miami Waterkeeper

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South Florida Power Co Looks to Expand Nuclear Site Despite Sea Level Rise Forecast

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FPL Wants to Keep Old Reactors Running. New Sea-Rise Studies Could Stand in the Way

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Miami Should Fight to Keep Science Center

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MWK Spotlight: David Bouck

David Bouck presenting his Master's thesis entitled "Determining Trends in Water Quality Using High Resolution Land Use Data"

 

Biscayne Bay and its surrounding waterways are widely known as ecologically important areas. Coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves protect nearly everything from juvenile fish to us as inhabitants of this large urban region. As part of their Habitat Blue Print program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made this loud and clear when they chose Biscayne Bay as one of 10 Habitat Focus Areas to focus their time and resources on conserving this important estuary. the Habitat Focus Areas have one thing in common- they are at an ecological tipping point and need help from scientists and other advocates to save them before it is too late. Miami Waterkeeper headed up a NOAA Habitat Focus Area grant, in partnership with many key players at the University of Miami and UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant, to address "The Human Dimensions of Biscayne Bay: Socioeconomics, Spatial Modeling, and Community Engagement." Under this grant, Master's candidate David Bouck completed research related to nutrient loading in Biscayne Bay that was crucial to enhancing our understanding of the Bay's evolving water quality. Learn more about Bouck and his contribution to protecting this focus area!

 

 


Working on Water Quality

 

Your Waterkeeper, Dr. Rachel Silverstein, sampling water quality in Biscayne Bay.

As Miami Waterkeeper continues to collaborate with other local groups in combating the ongoing threat of marine debris, we also continue our work on an equally serious but less visually perceivable marine issue: water quality. Water quality problems have persisted in the region but go largely unnoticed because it’s easier to turn a blind eye to something that you cannot see. However, the health issues for both marine life and humans is extensive, and so it is important that the issue gets the attention it deserves.

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Marine Debris and Good Water Quality are Ranked the Highest in Importance by the Public


MWK Spotlight: Jessica Perkins


It is no secret that outreach and education are the cornerstones of what we do at Miami Waterkeeper. Our jurisdiction lies in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but we hope to see the positive impact of our work expand way beyond our local waterways. Jessica Perkins, known as Miss Perkins to her students, is an art educator working in Wallingford, Vermont, and a friend to Miami Waterkeeper. She carried our message up to the land-locked state of Vermont, and her students made our organization “thank you notes” in the form of art. Read more about Miss Perkins inspiration, and how no matter your connection to water, you can share the lessons of conservation in your everyday jobs.  

 


Protecting Our Goliaths!

 

September 9, 1958 in Key West. From the Monroe County Library Archives.

 Historical exploitation of goliath grouper greatly reduced the number of reproductive adults, and led to their protection in the Caribbean since 1993. 

 

ACTION ALERT:

On Thursday April 26, 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will vote on a “limited take” proposal for the Goliath Grouper. This would allow for the killing of 400 breeding adults of this species by those holding permitsGoliath grouper is critically endangered on the IUCN red list.

This "take" would reverse the successful protection of these species, which has been in place for 28 years. Protections are working and the population is slowly recovering, but this harvest would be a major set back. 

For more information on this vote, click HERE!

 

 


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