Welcome Greg Clark to our Board of Directors!


We are thrilled to announce the addition of our newest board member, Greg Clark. Greg has already been an incredible asset to Miami Waterkeeper, bringing his positive energy and diverse experience to the organization. 

NOAA Says Port Miami Dredge Disaster For Reef

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“The Corps is conducting this project like a bull in an environmental china shop.”

PortMiami dredge damages more coral than feds expected

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“The Corps has been dragging their feet and not providing the information,” said Rachel Silverstein, a marine biologist and executive director of Miami Waterkeeper.

The more time that passes without an accurate survey, she said, the harder it will be to save struggling coral or determine just how much damage has been done. In June, Silverstein surveyed the area and found surrounding reefs dusted with silt. Fisheries Service divers found a similar moonscape, with sediment about a half inch to four inches deep.

“Everything is being eroded out there and it’s hard to tell what has died,” she said. “That information is critical to holding the Corps accountable.”

Our Plastic Ocean


How much plastic have you used today? Chances are, quite a bit.

Plastic is found in products all around us and has become an integral part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, plastic is often not disposed of properly and is threatening the health of our oceans. From bottle caps and fishing lines to plastic bags and packaging, about 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean each year. Most of this plastic is considered "single use" and is designed to be thrown away after just a few minutes.

Just how bad is the problem?

Yuck! Your Favorite Swim Spot Is a Lot Grosser Than You Realize

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“The effects of swimming in polluted water can range from mild to severe depending on the toxin or pathogen, the length of exposure, and concentration of pollutant, Rachel Silverstein, PhD, Executive Director and Waterkeeper of Miami Waterkeeper, tells Yahoo Health.”

Environmentalists: Don't Trust Army Corps on Port Everglades Dredging

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“We definitely feel like the lessons weren’t learned, and we had to lose a whole reef in Miami. We want people to do better next time, but there has been no effort to improve their plans,” Silverstein says. “But I don’t think this is the end of the line in the process.”

Miami cuts Virginia Key mangroves to make way for boat show

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“Mangroves have long been protected because they provide a critical barrier between land and water: their tangled roots help trap sediment and protect coastal areas from hurricanes while providing food and shelter for fish. Researchers found that reefs located near mangroves can have 25 times more fish, said Miami Waterkeeper executive director Rachel Silverstein.

Federal officials estimate that northern Biscayne Bay has lost 82 percent of its mangrove. Since 1996, cutting a mangrove in Miami-Dade County has required a county permit.”

MWK is awarded a Waitt Foundation Rapid Ocean Conservation Grant!

We are thrilled to announce that we were awarded a Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grant from the Waitt Foundation. These grants provide quick-turnaround funding to address emergent conservation issues. This type of funding is rare and critically important for conservation because these grants can be used to address sudden crises, such as algal blooms, oil spills, or coral bleaching. When environmental issues need an immediate response, waiting through a typical grant cycle be too slow.

How Miami Power Women Are Relaxing This Summer

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“I love the sunshine and the water, and we get plenty of both living in Miami. I run a nonprofit that does clean water advocacy in Miami, so connecting with the water and the beach is very important to me. The summer is the perfect time to scuba dive, paddleboard, kayak, and swim, of course followed by a beach picnic or barbecue.

Miami also has a bounty of local foods available during the summer. Everyone’s trees are literally bursting with mangos—more than you could eat. It’s also lobster season in the summer. You can dive right from the beach and find a gourmet dinner waiting for you. I think that a meal tastes even better if you know who grew the mango or caught your lobster.” –Rachel Silverstein, executive director and waterkeeper at Miami Waterkeeper

Phil Kushlan joins the Board of Directors of BBWK


Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper is thrilled to announce the addition of our newest board member, Phil Kushlan.

Phil is a Ph.D. student at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and received a Maytag Fellowship to study coral resiliency under climate change conditions.

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