Take Action: Protect the Clean Water Act

Recently, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) announced its intent to assume the federal authority of Clean Water Act permits related to dredging and filling (Section 404). This means that our wetland and marine ecosystems could be at risk. 

 


Closed beaches, waterways due to coronavirus has South Florida’s oceans looking clear and beautiful

Closed beaches, waterways due to coronavirus has South Florida's oceans looking clear and beautiful

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - One seemingly positive impact of the majority of South Florida remaining inside during the coronavirus outbreak is being seen off of our shores. Without all the boats and people in the ocean, the water is as clear as it's been in a long, long time.


Coronavirus pandemic visibly causes pollution levels to drop in South Florida

Coronavirus pandemic visibly causes pollution levels to drop in South Florida

MIAMI (WSVN) - With the coronavirus pandemic causing some parts of the world to shut down to combat its spread, pollution levels, including in South Florida, have dropped as a result. 7Skyforce flew over the waters of Biscayne Bay on Friday, and aerial footage showed clearer waters, which allowed cameras to show the bottom of the bay.


EPA proposes big expansion of Port Everglades offshore dump; time running out for public comment

EPA proposes big expansion of Port Everglades offshore dump

By Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org With Floridians focused on surviving the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to significantly expand an underwater dump site off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. The site would be used to dump material dredged during the upcoming $437-million Port Everglades harbor deepening project and unspecified "future proposed projects."


Is Your Water Clean? Learn More About our Water Quality Monitoring Program

Miami Waterkeeper currently conducts weekly bacteria monitoring at 8 locations in Miami-Dade County. This sampling is to supplement the Florida Department of Health (DOH)’s Healthy Beaches program weekly tests.


What is a Swim Advisory?

What is a Swim Advisory?

A Swim Advisory is issued by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) when two consecutive samples from a site monitored by their Florida Healthy Beaches monitoring program reveal exceedances of more than 70 MPN of the fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) enterococci. Read more about this process HERE. After the second exceedance from the same site, DOH lets the local municipality know about a swim advisory for that beach and posts it on their website.  


Endangered Species Act Lawsuit Launched Against Feds for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

This morning, Miami Waterkeeper joined a lawsuit with Center for Biological Diversity related to the Nassau Grouper for failure to protect this critically important species. 

 

Nassau Grouper (NOAA, 2020).Nassau Grouper (Photo by Nicolas Voison from Shutterstock; Oceana, 2020). 


Lawsuit Launched Against Feds for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

Lawsuit Launched Against Trump Administration for Failing to Protect Nassau Grouper Habitat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Conservation groups launched a lawsuit against the Trump administration today for failing to protect Nassau grouper habitat, which faces threats from nearshore pollution and climate change impacts like sea-level rise and ocean acidification. "These big fish need our help keeping their homes livable," said Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity.


So, You Have a Fertilizer Ordinance -- Now What?

The State of Florida has designated Biscayne Bay as “impaired” for nutrient pollution. Municipal fertilizer ordinances that limit the time, extent, and type of fertilizer to be applied can help reduce runoff of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus into Biscayne Bay and surrounding water bodies. Such nutrient pollution can significantly degrade water quality and lead to algae blooms that harm not only the ecosystem but also the coastal economy. Increased health care costs from hospitals and doctor visits, losses in tourism revenue, and clean-up activities can all be negative economic impacts of algae blooms.


Junior Ambassador, Jaïm Steele, leads "Yes Poo, No Poo" campaign in Coconut Grove

Miami Waterkeeper Junior Ambassador, Jaïm Steele, recently noticed some discord within his community of Coconut Grove homeowners regarding the disposal of pet waste in resident trash bins. In short, some folks were fine with a doggy bag of waste being dumped in their bin, while others were not! 

Pet waste, when not properly disposed of, can contribute to nutrient loading in stormwater runoff. Too many nutrients accumulating in our waterways can lead to things like algae blooms and seagrass die-offs in Biscayne Bay. Jaïm, knowing the importance of proper pet waste disposal, launched a new effort called "Yes Poo, No Poo" to help his neighbors (and our waterways) out! 

 

 


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