Miami Gives Okay to Controversial Power Line Deal With FPL

Law360, Miami By Nathan Hale  July 27, 2017

Despite strong opposition from the public and interested parties, the Miami City Commission approved a settlement late Thursday in which the city will contribute up to $27 million in return for Florida Power & Light burying new transmission lines planned in conjunction with the expansion of its Turkey Point nuclear plant.

Miami Waterkeeper's Kelly Cox spoke on her own behalf, argued that the city has "innate home rule authority that needs to be preserved and protected,” and said that FPL is obligated to follow local land-use and zoning regulations because the city knows its residents best. The city, she said, had the upper hand and was “well-poised to win.”  Read the full article HERE.

Threatened coral get second chance in South Florida

Sun-Sentinel Article - July 21, 2017

By Caitlin Randle 

They were once in danger of dying off, but efforts to restore South Florida’s coral reefs are paying off. A Nova Southeastern University team for two years has been growing staghorn coral in nurseries and then planting it off the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea coastline. So far, they’ve planted more than 2,500 coral colonies, hoping the coral will spawn on its own and the colonies will expand. At one location, the number of surrounding coral already has quadrupled.

Rachel Silverstein, executive director of Miami Waterkeeper, comments saying about 98 percent of the staghorn population in South Florida and the Caribbean has died off since the ‘70s. She attributed that to disease, warming oceans and climate change.

Read full article HERE

Scientists Research Algae Blooms to Prevent Doom

Ugly Algae Lurks in Biscayne Bay

Recent problems with algae in Florida’s coastal waters could hint at what’s coming to Biscayne Bay, a NOAA Habitat Focus Area near Miami. A bloom of algae would be unfortunate for this unique coastal ecosystem and regional economic engine. Currently, NOAA is funding projects and partnering with others to reduce or prevent new algal blooms in the bay. Read about a mapping project, funded through a grant to nonprofit Miami Waterkeeper, which is packing all available spatial data for the Biscayne Bay Habitat Focus Area into a geographic information system (GIS) database for sharing online, as well as other funded projects. Click here to view the full article 


These three microscopic algae (diatoms) could help scientists predict a bloom. (credit: A. Wachnicka)

Water we up to?

Delivered July 17, 2017 10:00 AM:

Subject: Greetings from Miami Waterkeeper. We are excited to share some updates and recent successes with you!

What Sewage Spills Mean For Miami-Dade Residents And The Environment

Our own Kelly Cox spoke to WLRN's Allison Light about the recent sewage spill that leaked over 700,000 gallons of raw sewage into Biscayne Canal and parts of the Intracoastal Waterway. Kelly explains how sewage spills affect our health, economy, and our environment. 

What is Biscayne Bay worth?

Graduate Student wins Data Challenge and evaluates economic & environmental health of Biscayne Bay thanks to NOAA Habitat Focus Area Grant

Miami Waterkeeper Contributes to Process of Coast Guard Restricting Miami Anchorage to Protect Reefs

Great News! The Coast Guard published a rule aimed at protecting coral reefs off Miami by restricting areas where ships and other vessels can anchor. We're so happy to contribute to this process!

Coast Guard restricts Miami anchorage to protect reefs


FREE reusable shopping bag in celebration of World Oceans Day!

Delivered: June 8, 2017

Today, as we celebrate World Oceans Day, we invite you to support your Miami Waterkeeper and help to restore Our Oceans, Our Future. This year’s global focus is on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter. Your support is invaluable to our local efforts to protect our oceans and ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all of us. 

Join us on World Oceans Day!

Delivered: June 7, 2017

Tomorrow, June 8th, is World Oceans Day, a day to honor, help protect, and conserve our oceans. This year’s theme is Our Oceans, Our Future, and the focus will be on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter. Your involvement is critical to our oceans and our future, and we invite you to participate by making a gift today to your Miami Waterkeeper. 

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