Septic Vulnerability

It’s time to face the inconvenient truth of sea level rise in South Florida.


Miami Beach Residents Demand Solution for Stinky, Bacteria-Filled Seaweed

Miami Beach Residents Demand Solution for Stinky, Bacteria-Filled Seaweed

As the planet heats up, the water surrounding Miami Beach is becoming warmer. And as temperatures rise, the Atlantic Ocean has turned into the perfect breeding ground for sargassum seaweed, a type of floating algae that's now invaded coastlines in South Florida and the Caribbean.


Brownfield Assessment Grant to Address Flooding in South Florida

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Program empowers states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield site is a property through which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

The EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through five competitive grant programs: multipurpose grants, assessment grants, revolving loan fund grants, cleanup grants, and environmental workforce grants.


Locals take future in their own hands at Climate Action event during Miami Climate Month

Locals take future in their own hands at Climate Action event during Miami Climate Month

June 26 event takes place at historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is hosting Climate Action: Inform and Empower on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. Climate Action a community discussion with hands-on activities designed to inform and empower locals around climate ac...


Miami Waterkeeper weighs in on Groundwater Interpretation

On April 15, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an Interpretive Statement (“Interpretive Statement on Releases of Pollutants from Point Sources to Groundwater”), which states that: “releases of pollutants to groundwater are categorically excluded from the Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements because Congress explicitly left regulation of discharges to groundwater to the states and to the EPA under other statutory authorities.”

What does this mean? Well, the agency would be formally reversing its longstanding interpretation of the Clean Water Act. If pollutants are discharged from point sources through groundwater before they reach surface waters -- those pollutants would be EXEMPT from Clean Water Act regulation. Meaning, pollutant discharges to Waters of the United States from things like pipelines, wells, mines, deep well injection, animal feeding operation, and other pollution sources through groundwater would be near impossible to regulate under the CWA. It could also create an incentive for polluters to discharge waste into the groundwater, instead of getting the proper permits to dispose of it otherwise. 


Miami Waterkeeper Hosts HOPE Public Interest Legal Fellow Kristen Ranges

Kristen Ranges, a current J.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Miami, started her higher education at the University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment where she majored in marine sciences with a concentration in biology and minor in public policy. After research-based experiences in marine biology, Kristen decided to focus her studies on the conservation of the marine environment through policy and law. Kristen began her legal studies at the University of Miami in 2017 where her curriculum has focused on environmental, coastal, and maritime law. Wanting to further her interdisciplinary education, Kristen recently matriculated into the Ph.D. program at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.


Meet 6 Women Fighting for Clean Water

Meet 6 Women Fighting for Clean Water

Featuring voice recordings from celebrities like Lupita Nyong'o and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, an online photo gallery published today profiles 20 clean-water activists who have fought and won significant court battles in sites around the world. The "Waterkeeper Warriors" photo project celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global nonprofit that focuses on increasing accessibility to clean water.


Junior Ambassadors Hold A Discussion Panel!

Before their graduation, our Junior Ambassadors' final task was to deliver a public presentation about an environmental topic of their choice. Some of our Ambassadors decided to complete this program requirement by participating in a panel discussion of threats to South Florida's waterways.

The theme of the panel was threats to South Florida's waterways. The Junior Ambassadors shed light on the issues, while also providing attainable solutions that they have learned about throughout the year long program. 

 


Three Recent Studies Point to Alarming Health Trends in Florida’s Oceans

Three Recent Studies Point to Alarming Health Trends in Florida's Oceans | Miami Beach Times

By Theresa Pinto, Contributing Reporter MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - The results of three recent studies show alarming trends for the health of the planet's oceans, and in particular South Florida's oceans. What emerges from these studies is that the oceans are ill and humans are the main cause.


Miami Waterkeeper Receives Miami Foundation Community Grant

We have some exciting news! Miami Waterkeeper has been selected to receive a Community Grant from the Miami Foundation in the Resiliency category! The Miami Foundation's community grants invest more than $1.3 million in Miami-Dade non-profits. This year, 71 non-profits are sharing the $1.3 million. Community grants provide support to Greater Miami organizations whose initiatives improve local quality of life in three areas: Opportunity, Creativity, and Resiliency. 


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