Miami-Dade County Promises To Repair Sewage Leak After Miami Waterkeeper Threatens To Sue

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Condado Miami-Dade evaluará tubería que grupo ambiental afirma ha vertido aguas residuales cerca de las costas

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Encuentran fuga de agua con residuos fecales cerca de las playas de Miami y Key Biscayne


Nonprofit Miami Waterkeeper Video of Partially Treated Sewage Leak Example of Dade County’s Aging Infrastructure

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Miami’s sewage is supposed to be pumped offshore but the pipe has sprung a leak

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Miami Waterkeeper Footage Shows Sewer Line Spewing Into Water Near Miami

Read the full NBC South Florida article HERE .

Learn more about this suit and our, "Stop Sewage Leaks" campaign HERE .


Miami-Dade Ignored a Sewage Leak in the Open Ocean Outfalls for almost a Year—After Having Done No Outfall Inspections for Nearly a Decade

Miami Waterkeeper issued a press release Monday, July 31, 2017 stating they were filing a notice of intent to sue Miami-Dade County. Read the full press release HERE


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 

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


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