Waterkeepers Florida Expressed Opposition to SB 1552

Last month, Waterkeepers Florida (WKFL) submitted a memo opposing a Florida bill, SB 1552, that would combat red tide in Florida. Red Tide is caused by an alga called Karenia brevis which can be harmful to both humans and the environment. While red tide has occurred naturally in Florida for many centuries, human-induced conditions like nutrient loading from land-based runoff can make blooms of this alga much worse. In the summer of 2018, both the east and west coast of Florida experienced red tide which resulted in fish kills along the coasts and even caused respiratory and other health issues for humans. 

Toxins from Red Tide can kill fish, like this one in Palm Beach County in 2018. Photo credit: Susie Cox


Sewage Spills Abound in Miami Dade County Status Report

Recently, a status report on sanitary sewer overflows in Miami-Dade County was released. The report covers the period of July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 and is required as part of the County's federally-mandated Consent Decree agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. During this status report period, there were a total of 47 Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) with a combined total volume of 649,491 gallons of sewage released into the environment.

Miami Dade Water and Sewer workers unclog an impeller blocked with wipes and other debris. Photo Credit: Miami Herald

 


Student Spotlight: Casey Dresbach

Miami Waterkeeper student, Casey Dresbach, recently completed her Honor's thesis with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and participated in a poster session where she described her project. Casey used ArcGIS to study Brownfields within Miami-Dade County.


Volunteers Help Restore Virginia Key on Comcast Cares Day

Volunteers Help Restore Virginia Key on Comcast Cares Day

Portions of Virginia Key are restored and cleaner thanks to a local partnership between Comcast, Citizens for a Better South Florida, the City of Miami Parks & Recreation Department and the Miami Waterkeeper for the on Saturday, May 4.


Miami Waterkeeper's Legal Challenge Against Turkey Point's License Renewal Passes First Hurdle

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. 


Miami Waterkeeper Showcases Swim Guide App at eMerge Americas

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. 


'I have no parts for these pumps.' The anatomy of a sewage spill in Miami-Dade County

'I have no parts for these pumps.' The anatomy of a sewage spill in Miami-Dade County

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.


Worsening High Tide Flooding Washes Pollution into Water Bodies

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.


South Miami Garden Club May 2019

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The States That Use the Most Glyphosate — And What You Can Do About It

The States That Use the Most Glyphosate - And What You Can Do About It

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.


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