NRC Flubbed Fla. Nuke Plant Relicensing, DC Circ. Told

NRC Flubbed Fla. Nuke Plant Relicensing, DC Circ. Told - Law360

Environmental groups on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to nix the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's renewal of licenses for the Turkey Point nuclear power plant near Miami, arguing that the agency botched its review of the environmental impacts of extending the plant's life.


Ft. Lauderdale Receives Largest Fine in State History for Sewage Spills

Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), commonly known as ‘sewage leaks,’ have continued to be a problem for South Florida due to our aging sewage infrastructure. Miami-Dade is not the only County in South Florida that’s been plagued with crumbling sewage infrastructure --  Broward County is also victim to a system that is cracked, leaking, and ultimately welcoming raw sewage into local waterways. Combined, Miami-Dade and Broward County have seen tens of millions of gallons of sewage leak into our waterways over the past several years.

Raw sewage infiltrating the streets of Broward County (Source: Sun-Sentinel).


City of Miami Proposal For Fighting Climate Change Rattles Environmentalists

City of Miami Proposal For Fighting Climate Change Rattles Environmentalists

The city of Miami, among the nation's most vulnerable to sea rise and rising temperatures driven by climate change, is reorganizing the way it fights climate change. Under a draft budget unveiled this week, city manager Arthur Noriega has proposed having the city's public works director take over the resilience office and do double-duty as resilience chief.


Biscayne Bay is Experiencing Localized Seagrass Die-Offs

Seagrasses are one of Biscayne Bay’s critical habitats. Seagrass beds serve as a food source, a habitat for small marine organisms, and they regulate water quality by stabilizing sediments and cycling nutrients. However, seagrass cover in the Bay has drastically declined over the last decade. Miami-Dade County’s recent report, “Report on the Findings of the County’s Study on the Decline of Seagrass and Hardbottom Habitat in Biscayne Bay,” highlights underlying factors that are causing these die-offs and provides a series of recommendations to help direct the County's approach moving forward. Read the full report and list of recommendations HERE

 

Map illustrating the several basins located throughout Biscayne Bay, and the percentage of seagrass coverage decline over the last 13 years. (Source: Miami Waterkeeper; Miami-Dade County 2019 Seagrass Report).

 


Community Partners Urge Miami Dade County to Take Action on Back Bay Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a $4.6 billion investment to address storm surge risk in our region. This proposal, called the "Back Bay Study," proposes a range of "grey" infrastructure options like seawalls and flood gates, but largely leaves out nature-based solutions like mangrove and restoration and living shorelines. You can read the full proposal HERE.

Community partners recently submitted a letter to the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners supporting alternative uses for the federal funds associated with the Back Bay study. 

Map illustrating the structural measures (storm surge barriers, pump stations, and seawalls), focus areas, and risk management areas that the USACE Back Bay Study will be taking into account to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise, storm surge, and flooding. (Source: USACE; Miami Herald).

 


City of Miami Proposal For Fighting Climate Change Rattles Environmentalists

City of Miami Proposal For Fighting Climate Change Rattles Environmentalists

The city of Miami, among the nation's most vulnerable to sea rise and rising temperatures driven by climate change, is reorganizing the way it fights climate change. Under a draft budget unveiled this week, city manager Arthur Noriega has proposed having the city's public works director take over the resilience office and do double-duty as resilience chief.


What's in the Water: A Breakdown of How We Sample

Miami Waterkeeper takes weekly water quality samples from several sites around Miami-Dade County. Read more HERE on why we sample. There are many steps to ensure samples are taken, processed, and reported efficiently. To elaborate on this process further, we have compiled a list of questions and detailed answers.

 


‘A $5 billion Band-Aid’: Community groups push back on Army Corps plan for Miami-Dade

'A $5 billion Band-Aid': Community groups push back on Army Corps plan for Miami-Dade

In the past decade or so, the Miami-Dade area has come up with plenty of ideas to address sea level rise and storm surge flooding. None of them involved a wall down the coast of the county until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled its draft plan to protect the region.


Miami Waterkeeper’s Outreach Coordinator Recognized for Research in Minneapolis Air Pollution Study

Before joining Miami Waterkeeper, Outreach Coordinator Collin Schladweiler was part of an environmental research team evaluating air quality impacts on community emotional well-being. We are excited to announce the research Collin assisted with has recently been published in a peer-reviewed publication! Cities throughout the United States are developing initiatives supporting resilience, health, and sustainability. Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, and others, developed a novel approach to determine the correlation among air quality, a person’s emotional well-being (EWB), and a neighborhood’s infrastructure.


Miami Waterkeeper Comments on BBTF Draft Report

The Biscayne Bay Task Force (BBTF) is a nine-member interdisciplinary group tasked with reviewing relevant data, prior studies, and reports related to Biscayne Bay. Their objective is to create a comprehensive report with written recommendations to the Mayor and County Commissioners regarding Biscayne Bay restoration and enhancement projects. The BBTF will be 'sunsetting' in August of 2020 -- ending their assembly and delivering the final recommendation report, "A Unified Approach for a Healthy & Resilient Biscayne Bay," to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). 

Biscayne Bay (Source: BBTF Draft Report)


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