City of Miami Passes Major Water Quality Law

On Thursday, the City of Miami Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that will significantly reduce fertilizer pollution from reaching our waterways. Miami Waterkeeper worked closely with Commissioner Ken Russell and the City's Office of Resilience and the Sierra Club to develop the ordinance which aims to lessen nutrient inputs to our waterways and Biscayne Bay. Excess nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus found in fertilizer, can lead to algae blooms which turn the water green, smell bad, and can adversely impact wildlife and their habitat.

This ordinance would eliminate fertilizer application during the rainy summer months when fertilizer is not absorbed well by plants and mostly runs off into waterways. This ordinance joins over 90 ordinances like it throughout the state that seeks to regulate fertilizer application, including other municipalities that recently passed similar ordinances working with Miami Waterkeeper, such as the Village of Key Biscayne, Village of Islamorada, and North Bay Village. The ordinance also mandates that fertilizers must contain 0% Phosphorus and 50% slow release Nitrogen. The new law also requires a mandatory 15-foot setback for fertilizer application from any waterway or storm drain. 


Miami Waterkeeper’s Elizabeth Kelly Published New Paper on Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Microalgae Interactions

Please join us in congratulating Miami Waterkeeper’s Research Coordinator, Elizabeth Kelly, on the publishing of her paper, “Proliferation of microalgae and enterococci in Lake Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Loxahatchee watersheds."

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Waterkeepers FL Request for Public Hearing on CWA Section 404

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act requires permits for any discharge of dredge and fill into Waters of the U.S., including streams, rivers, canals, and wetlands. Many of these waterways and water bodies throughout the State of Florida are ecologically and economically important, thus requiring the highest level of review and scrutiny under the Clean Water Act. However, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is attempting to take over, or "assume," this regulatory authority and potentially curtail this high level of careful examination. 

(Source: USDA and Natural Resources Conservation (NRC)).

Miami Waterkeeper and Waterkeepers FL have recently expressed our concerns in a letter sent to FDEP, emphasizing that this process requires the highest level of review that only the federal government can guarantee. We are requesting a series of public hearings, allowing the public to intervene in this controversial shift in authority.

 


Welcome Casey

Join Miami Waterkeeper in welcoming our new Outreach Associate, Casey Dresbach! Casey joined our team in February 2020, and we’re very excited to be working with her!


Partnership with The International Seakeepers Society Provides New Opportunities for Youth

One of our underlying goals at Miami Waterkeeper is to make meaningful connections between people and the water surrounding their communities. To accomplish this goal we seek creative ways for members of our community here in South Florida, particularly youth, to engage in water related education in order to foster environmental stewardship and advocacy. In doing so, we often find amazing partners like Seakeepers to help us reach these goals!


Team Miami Waterkeeper at Miami Marathon 2020

On February 9, 2020, a dedicated group of Miami Waterkeeper volunteers crossed the finish line of the Miami Marathon, pulling over 100 lbs. of ocean trash with them, nearly 10 hours after they started!

Team Miami Waterkeeper: Andrew Otazo, Carlos Gaviria, Nick Grate, Tony DelaRosa, Irene Vailikit, Katy Huddlestun, Ben Zaoui, Joaquin Urrechaga.

 


Is Miami’s beach water filled with poop? Volunteer testing proves it’s so

Is Miami's beach water filled with poop? Volunteer testing proves it's so

MIAMI, Fla. - Scott Stripling is a volunteer for the Miami Surfrider Foundation. "I love the outdoors. I love the environment. When I started surfing, that just blew my whole world. I love the ocean." The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental, non-profit group established by surfers to protect oceans and beaches.


Port Everglades Kicks Off Expansion. Critics Worry Coral Could Be Damaged

Port Everglades Kicks Off Expansion. Critics Worry Coral Could Be Damaged

Port Everglades and local elected officials marked the first step in a $437 million expansion to make way for expected massive new cargo ships with a celebratory press conference on Tuesday. "It's a critical milestone in getting there," acting port director Glenn Wiltshire said afterwards of the $29 million Congress approved this month to move a Coast Guard station blocking work.


NEW SCHEME BY FLORIDA DEP WOULD WEAKEN WETLANDS PROTECTION

New Scheme by Florida DEP Would Weaken Wetlands Protection

In a plan that would make it easier to destroy our water resources, the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis is formally proposing a takeover of the federal program that issues permits when developers and others want to fill sensitive wetlands.


Port Everglades Kicks Off Expansion. Critics Worry Coral Could Be Damaged

Port Everglades Kicks Off Expansion. Critics Worry Coral Could Be Damaged

Port Everglades and local elected officials marked the first step in a $437 million expansion to make way for expected massive new cargo ships with a celebratory press conference on Tuesday. "It's a critical milestone in getting there," acting port director Glenn Wiltshire said afterwards of the $29 million Congress approved this month to move a Coast Guard station blocking work.


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