Florida Power and Light has proposed plans to keep its 1970s-era nuclear reactors and cooling canal system at its Turkey Point facility in operation until the 2050s. These plants were originally set to be shut down in 2032. Many concerns surround the proposed plans for the operation extension, ranging from pollution of the Bay and aquifer to impacts to the federally listed American Crocodile to sea level rise risks. These concerns center largely around the continued operation of the Cooling Canal System - an industrial wastewater system used to cool the nuclear reactors. The troubled and controversial canal system is currently undergoing a $200 million cleanup effort for previous environmental impacts, including the spread of a saltwater plume threatening to pollute the Biscayne Aquifer, the region’s drinking water. And guess what -- FPL just got permission to charge YOU to clean it up.
The concept of eMerge is simple, both established enterprises and bold new startups collect in one shared space, giving them the unique opportunity to network with each other on a large scale. Media, investors, business, higher education, and startups are at the heart of this yearly technology expo held in Miami Beach. These sectors gather for the opportunity to advance both practical and digital solutions by building stronger relationships with one another. eMerge facilitates these relationships by holding different events, such as presentations or discussion panels, that are specifically designed to be of interest to more than one of these different enterprises.
The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department demonstrates how they inspect sewer lines using a remote camera. Aroldo Hernandez supervises maintenance for Miami-Dade's sewage plants, and he predicted a big mess in an email to his boss three months ago. "I have no parts for these pumps," Hernandez wrote to Albert Galambos Jr.
As sea levels rise, high-tide flooding has worsened in many coastal cities on the east coast like Miami. As these flood waters recede, they carry excess toxic pollutants and nutrients into rivers, bays, lakes, and coastal waters.
By Sophie Hirsh The herbicide glyphosate has been the subject of some major lawsuits over the past few years. Weed Killer Crisis , a website dedicated to documenting the "unfolding legal and health crisis" surrounding pesticides and herbicides, recently compiled government data on glyphosate and other agricultural chemicals around the country into easy-to-read visuals, to inform the public on pesticide use in their states.
This past summer, South Florida experienced some of the worst algal blooms ever recorded in history. This issue has been recurring with increasing severity over the years, affecting our water quality, public health, and economy. Scientists blame diverted waterways that prevent natural water flow and nutrient filtration, in addition to industrial and agricultural pollution. Moreover, warming oceans are exacerbating the issue.
The Army Corps of Engineers recently released a status report on their upcoming dredging project at Port Everglades. The report announced that the project has now been delayed to 2021.
I n the wake of miles-long traffic snarls, bus transportation foul-ups, and loud complaints about noise from the Ultra Music Festival, Miami city officials are bringing the concert's future on Virginia Key up for a discussion this week.
Last week, our Executive Director & Waterkeeper, spoke to OneMBA participants at the University of Miami. The OneMBA is a global executive MBA program that builds real-world business knowledge and cultivates real-life relationships. Through immersive in-country residencies, global teamwork, project collaborations, and a challenging multicultural curriculum, this program is offered in partnership the University of Miami Business School as its new American partner.