Waterkeepers Florida Passes Resolution Opposing Statewide Preemption

State preemption occurs when the state passes a law that supersedes local authority. As a “Home Rule” state, Florida grants counties and municipalities the authority to self-govern. This is beneficial as local governments are often more familiar with their community and constituents' needs. However, the State has authorized a series of preemptions relating to environmental matters, undermining municipal "Home Rule." The state of Florida has preempted plastic bag bans, polystyrene (styrofoam) bans, and most recently has made moves to preempt bans on sunscreens that are not "reef-safe."

 


Village Council to restrict use of fertilizers

Village Council to restrict use of fertilizers

A standing room only crowd was on hand for Tuesday's Key Biscayne Village Council meeting, including out-of-town visitors, to show support of an ordinance restricting the use of fertilizers on the island. After several people spoke in support of the measure, which allows Key Biscayne to join other South Florida cities on this critical water quality issue, the second reading of the ordinance passed unanimously.


Is There A Solution To South Florida’s ‘Sewage Spill Whack-A-Mole?’

Is There A Solution To South Florida's 'Sewage Spill Whack-A-Mole?'

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - It seems you cannot go a week without hearing about a sewer and water main breaks. The most recent ones catching the headlines are happening in Fort Lauderdale. It started there in December. Pipes erupting in neighborhoods in affluent neighborhoods creating rivers of sewage. Homeowners were not amused.


The U.S. may soon have the world's oldest nuclear power plants

The U.S. may soon have the world's oldest nuclear power plants

(Bloomberg) -- Bonnie Rippingille looked out at the wisps of steam curling from the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant across Biscayne Bay with a sense of dread. In December federal regulators approved Florida Power & Light Co.'s request to let the facility's twin nuclear reactions remain in operation for another 20 years beyond the end of their current licenses.


The U.S. May Soon Have the World's Oldest Nuclear Power Plants

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-04/the-u-s-may-soon-have-the-world-s-oldest-nuclear-power-plants


Winner of the 2018 “Best Paper Award” for Coral Reefs!

Coral Reefs, the Journal of the International Coral Reef Society, has awarded the “Best Paper Award 2018” to Ross Cunning, Andrew Baker, and our very own Executive Director & Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein!

 


“It’s Not the Plant:” Scientists Blame Sand, Seaweed for KB Beach Woes

"It's Not the Plant:" Scientists Blame Sand, Seaweed for KB Beach Woes - Key News

Preliminary conclusions shared at Tuesday's Village Council meeting reassured local leaders that a nearby sewage plant is not the sole cause of beach bacteria. But as another summer of sargassum lies in wait, there's no let-up in the pressure to solve one of the island's most intractable problems. Scientists from the University of Miami presented ...


UM students learn coastal conservation at Florida Keys

UM students learn coastal conservation at Florida Keys - The University of Montevallo

A group of University of Montevallo students received firsthand experience in managing conservation efforts in one of the most environmentally unique parts of the country in December 2019. Dr. Susan Caplow, assistant professor of environmental studies, Dr. Meredith Tetloff, associate professor of social work, and Dr. John W.


Miami-Dade County and FPL Sparring Again Over Water, Cooling Canals and Turkey Point

Miami-Dade County and FPL Sparring Again Over Water, Cooling Canals and Turkey Point

A scarcity of freshwater near Turkey Point has led to another legal clash between Miami-Dade County environmental regulators and Florida Power & Light. Miami-Dade County has asked the state Department of Environmental Protection to reverse a permit it issued in late 2018, allowing the utility to move more freshwater into sprawling wetlands FPL owns just south of the plant.


Miami-Dade County and FPL Sparring Again Over Water, Cooling Canals and Turkey Point

Miami-Dade County and FPL Sparring Again Over Water, Cooling Canals and Turkey Point

A scarcity of freshwater near Turkey Point has led to another legal clash between Miami-Dade County environmental regulators and Florida Power & Light. Miami-Dade County has asked the state Department of Environmental Protection to reverse a permit it issued in late 2018, allowing the utility to move more freshwater into sprawling wetlands FPL owns just south of the plant.


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