Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to take the stage in Miami this week for the first debate of the race

Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to take the stage in Miami this week for the first debate of the race

Florida's significance in the 2020 presidential election will become apparent again this week as Democrats come to town, Miami to be specific. A week after President Donald Trump held a rally in Orlando to officially launch his reelection campaign, 20 of his Democratic challengers are preparing to face-off in the first Democratic debate of the race.

Democrats Will Debate in a City Under Siege by Climate Change

'What Is Your Actual Plan?' Miami Debates Give Democrats an Opening on Climate Change

MIAMI - New water pumps and tidal valves worth millions of dollars are needed to keep the streets from flooding even on sunny days. Septic tanks compromised by rising groundwater leak unfiltered waste that threatens the water supply. Developers are often buying out residents of established communities, hoping to acquire buildable property on higher ground.


Welcome to our new Program Intern, Maria Briz! Maria has always had a passion for conservation and environmental education so she is currently pursuing a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management at Florida International University.

Sea-Level Rise in Miami-Dade Could Cost $3.2 Billion by 2040

Sea Level Rise in Miami-Dade Could Cost $3.2 Billion by 2040

A new report from the Center for Climate Integrity confirms what most of us already know - the seas are rising, and Miami is pretty much screwed. But the study puts the impact of climate change into stark, almost apocalyptic terms: If Miami-Dade were to construct a basic seawall defense system to protect itself, the county would need to spend a whopping $3.2 billion for 267 miles of coastal barriers.

Moms for Clean Water

June 20, 2019

Lisa Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper & President of Waterkeepers Florida
(904) 509-3260,
Jen Lomberk, Matanzas Riverkeeper & Vice President of Waterkeepers Florida
(904) 471-9878,

Waterkeepers Florida Launches Moms for Clean Water Campaign Inspired by Florida’s First Lady

FLORIDA, USA — Earlier this year, First Lady Casey DeSantis made a powerful statement: “We feel an obligation as parents and we feel we should work on behalf of all the parents of this great state to make sure their children have a clean environment and clean water to grow up on."

Waterkeepers Florida applaud the First Lady’s commitment to restoring and protecting our state’s waters, although it is clear our legislature does not share that same sense of urgency. Unfortunately, this legislative session failed to yield any meaningful protective policies for Florida’s waterways. Florida Moms demand better for our children and their children.

Inspired by First Lady DeSantis’ words, Moms for Clean Water represents moms around the state of Florida calling for greater protection for ALL of our water resources. We believe that our water should be clean for our children to safely fish, swim, and drink.

Seeing my son explore the wonders of the ocean is one of the simplest joys of being a mom. I can’t imagine living here and not being able to swim in our waterways. It is our collective responsibility to ensure clean, healthy waterways for all of our children today and for future generations.,” said Rachel Silverstein, Miami Waterkeeper.

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. 

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