By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - Biscayne Bay is in danger of losing an entire ecosystem, according to a Miami-Dade County grand jury report last week. Grand jurors described the situation as "a tipping point." There are concerns raised about the spillage of "millions of gallons of sewage directly into Biscayne Bay," the grand jury said.
The lifeguard stand at Haulover Beach, one of the places for which Miami-Dade County issued a No Contact with Water advisory after a Sunday sewage spill that continued to stream Monday.
A grand jury convened by the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office has sounded a dire warning about the state of Biscayne Bay, which it calls the "crown jewel of our environment." The group warned local officials that immediate action should be taken to save it, and included a variety of recommendations.
Weekend beachgoers will have to stay out of the water at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne until at least Monday because of high fecal bacteria levels, the Health Department said. Tests for the Key Biscayne Beach Club and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park beaches came up clear.
Picture Courtesy of Doral Family Journal
Miami Waterkeeper staff recently attended the grand opening of the new Doral Glades Park, a beautiful community resource that focuses heavily on nature and conservation. Over the past year, Miami Waterkeeper contribute our time and expertise to the park's Nature Center development so we were thrilled to see it complete and congratulate everyone involved!
Ultra is in the midst of what some might call a rebuilding year. The electronic music festival is searching for a new South Florida home after being kicked out of downtown Miami's Bayfront Park in 2018 and voluntarily leaving Virginia Key in 2019.
A Florida utility used the canals tied to cooling its nuclear reactors to help save the endangered American crocodile. But the company is now facing backlash and lawsuits as climate change makes those same canals a regional threat.
Our policy intern, Monique Paul, was awarded the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Master of Professional Science Student Award for Excellence in Ocean Stewardship!
Written by Catherine Lackner on July 9, 2019 Coral Gables is considering banning RoundUp, a Glyphosate-based herbicide, though that move would conflict with state law. Commissioner Pat Keon invited Kelly Cox, program director from Miami Waterkeeper, to address the city commission Tuesday about the effects of herbicides and fertilizers on urban landscapes.