Ransom Everglades School Kicks Off Their Annual Water Patrols

At the start of the school year, Miami Waterkeeper partnered with faculty and staff at Ransom Everglades School to train their students to be a part of our water patrol team, part of our “1000 Eyes on the Water” program. They learned about local ecosystems, pollution, and other issues facing Biscayne Bay. We kicked off this year’s water patrols on October 6th alongside 2 teachers and 13 students!

 


The Murky Waters of the Beach Bacteria Problem

The Murky Waters of the Beach Bacteria Problem - Key News

Last week's 'no-contact' water advisory was a tipping point for many residents, who wrote to Village Council members and spoke up at the Oct. 15 meeting to ask for definitive action to address the problem. But with answers elusive, Village staff navigate murky waters.


Miami Waterkeeper Training Wants “1,000 Eyes on the Water”

Miami Waterkeeper Training Wants "1,000 Eyes on the Water" - Key News

With serious water quality issues swirling around Key Biscayne, several dozen people attended a training session Thursday at the Key Biscayne Community Center to learn how to help patrol the water. Miami Waterkeeper Program Director Laura Chaibongsai opened proceedings by introducing the organization, which is dedicated to ensuring swimmable, drinkable , fishable water for all.


Sewage, dangerous bacteria are entering oceans, closing Miami beaches

Sewage, dangerous bacteria are entering oceans, closing Miami beaches

A power outage at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department's Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in 100,000 gallons of treated waste being released into the ocean. On Saturday, Oct. 12th, a no swimming advisory was posted at affected beach areas within Virginia Key, Key Biscayne, and Fisher Island, and was lifted October 17th.


Florida-Friendly Landscape Options

Good fertilizing practices are essential for near-shore water quality improvement. But, there are other things you can do that can further help the environment, including Florida-friendly landscaping! 

 

Images Courtesy of Knoll Landscape Design & PlantsMap


INNOVATE MIAMI, a snapshot of Miami’s innovation ecosystem, nearing completion

INNOVATE MIAMI, a snapshot of Miami's innovation ecosystem, nearing completion

INNOVATE MIAMI will showcase the companies, entrepreneurs, and organizations that contribute to Miami's innovation ecosystem in a 300+ page, high-end coffee-table book that is also tech-enabled TAMPA, FL / ACCESSWIRE / October 9, 2019 / MIAMI, FL-A tech-enabled, high-end coffee-table book is in production for Miami-Dade County.


Taking Action on Sewage Spills -- Miami Waterkeeper Works for Investment in Clean Water

This August, a kayaker reported water bubbling up under a bridge near Oleta River State Park. An inspection revealed a crack in a 50-year-old iron sewer pipe which was causing raw sewage to escape into the Oleta River. More than a million gallons of sewage spilled into the river where the pipe is buried in the river bottom. When the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department tried to plug the crack, it grew by 50%. Workers tried to divert the sewage to another line, but the other line was also in danger of failing because it was very old as well. As it turns out, repairs to this pipe had been delayed several times over the past ten years. In fact, the pipe should have been replaced more than 5 years ago according to budget records from the County. Five years too late as this pipe failure resulted in approximately 1.6 million gallons of raw sewage being spilled into our waters and no-swim advisories being issued for a 40-block area around the spill. 

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Oleta River spill spotted by a kayaker in August 2019 -- Photo by Greg Clark


No-Swim Advisories for Key Biscayne Beaches as Bacteria Rises Again

No-Swim Advisories for Key Biscayne Beaches as Bacteria Rises Again - Key News

Another weekend, another change of plans for would-be beachgoers. Tests this week prompted the Florida Department of Health to issue swimming advisories for Key Biscayne Beach, Crandon Park North, and all of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.


Flesh-Eating Bacteria: Staying Safe while Swimming

This summer was riddled with concern about emerging threats from flesh-eating bacteria in our coastal waters. Here's what you need to know about the bacteria and how to stay safe while swimming!

 

 


In Florida, Flushing the Toilet Is Threatened by Rising Sea Levels for Tens of Thousands of Homeowners

In Florida, Flushing the Toilet Is Threatened by Rising Sea Levels for Tens of Thousands of Homeowners | The Weather Channel

The effects of rising sea levels, such as nuisance flooding, are pretty obvious above ground. But lying just below the surface is a threat that could impact millions of people, especially those living along the country's coasts. These homes use septic tanks that rely on dry soil to work properly.


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