This spring, Miami's been balmy, beautiful, and mostly untouchable under the lockdown of coronavirus. Beaches and pools remain closed, and parks have been struggling to muster the heightened facemask enforcement they need to reopen.
The Center for Social Change (C4SC) is a coworking space for public interest organizations located in the heart of Coral Gables, FL, where organizations, including nonprofits and social entrepreneurs, work from and participate as members. The Center incorporates a community environment with its meeting spaces, access to events and educational opportunities, and more. Once a month, members of C4SC come together to give quick informative pitches, appraising each other of ongoing efforts. Valerie Hill, Director of Operations & Membership from C4SC, explains this effort as “a way for our members to practice their pitch, get to know each other, and enhance collaboration.”
Raised along Miami's Biscayne Bay, Marcelo Fernandes always had a favorite snorkeling spot, a 50-by-100-foot area where he could swim above coral reefs as recently as 2015. But a few years ago, he couldn't find it. He must have lost the coordinates, he thought.
Opposition is mounting to a proposed pollution permit that would, for the first time, allow water seeping from a 5,900-acre network of cooling canals at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant to move beyond plant boundaries in southern Miami-Dade County.
On May 5, 2020, Miami Waterkeeper, Friends of Biscayne Bay, National Parks Conservation Association, Everglades Law Center Inc., and the Sierra Club sent a letter to FDEP requesting an extension of time to determine whether to file a Petition for an Administrative Hearing regarding Turkey Point's Clean Water Act NPDES Permit.
Environmentalists have won a small victory in the ongoing battle over pollution concerns surrounding Florida Power & Light’s cooling canals at its Turkey Point nuclear plant.
Please join us in congratulating Miami Waterkeeper's Community Engagement Coordinator, Casey Dresbach, on the recent completion of her Master's degree in Marine Conservation at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science! As the Outreach Intern for Florida Inland Navigation District (F.I.N.D.)’s Biscayne Bay Restoration Partnership (BBRP), Casey created an outreach strategy to support the restoration of Biscayne Bay through the establishment of interagency partnerships; both non-governmental and governmental.
Screenshot of the BBRP website with the logo embedded on the home page. *The website is in draft form, if BBRP believes it is a necessary budget item, it will be published and made accessible to the public.
As marinas, parks, and beaches start to open up, we know you’re excited as we are to get back in the water. You might be wondering how clean the water is before you jump back in (of course, respecting social distancing guidelines and local ordinances regarding access!).
We’re here to help inform you so you can make the most educated decision before hopping in to cool off as the hot summer approaches!
On March 26, 2020, the EPA issued a memorandum announcing that it is temporarily suspending enforcement action due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Where the EPA agrees that COVID-19 was the cause of noncompliance, it “does not expect to seek penalties for violations of routine compliance monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory analysis, training, and reporting or certification obligations.” Additionally, the EPA suggests that it will be less likely to carry out enforcement action if other types of violations, like exceedances of effluent limits, were caused by the pandemic.
(Source: Earth Justice)