If you've walked on the beach at all this year, you know what sargassum looks like. But beyond the unsightliness and the smell, what is really happening here? What is sargassum? Sargassum is a type of macroalgae that floats at the ocean's surface. Each stipe (that is, stalk) and frond can be several meters in length.
South Florida's beaches are having a bad year, being closed more often and for longer periods of time due to the presence of bacteria that is associated with sewage. The chart above shows the number of advisories per year for beaches in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, according to data posted online by the Florida Department of Health.
Science took center stage at the Village of Key Biscayne's water workshop Tuesday night. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration defines sargassum as "a genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses and never attaches to the seafloor."
U.S. Waterkeepers are fighting climate change by working to protect the areas they love best from rising seas, ocean acidification, and fossil fuel industry expansion. Their work shows that we can all do our part to keep the planet habitable.
Key Biscayne has seen many swim advisories in 2019. If you're confused by the who, how and when of beach water testing, read our guide: Who does the testing? These are the different bodies that test water off Key Biscayne's beaches: There is also a University of Miami study looking at bacteria as well as sand and seaweed .
The Turkey Point nuclear power plant has moved a key step closer to receiving a 20-year extension to remain in operation through 2050, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a favorable environmental impact statement Monday. In 2018, Florida Power & Light became the first power company in the U.S.
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is hosting the "Resilient H2O: The Business of Restoring Biscayne Bay" event is taking place from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Friday, November 1st at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Ballroom Level, located at 1601 Biscayne Blvd.
Last week's 'no-contact' water advisory was a tipping point for many residents, who wrote to Village Council members and spoke up at the Oct. 15 meeting to ask for definitive action to address the problem. But with answers elusive, Village staff navigate murky waters.
With serious water quality issues swirling around Key Biscayne, several dozen people attended a training session Thursday at the Key Biscayne Community Center to learn how to help patrol the water. Miami Waterkeeper Program Director Laura Chaibongsai opened proceedings by introducing the organization, which is dedicated to ensuring swimmable, drinkable , fishable water for all.
A power outage at the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department's Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in 100,000 gallons of treated waste being released into the ocean. On Saturday, Oct. 12th, a no swimming advisory was posted at affected beach areas within Virginia Key, Key Biscayne, and Fisher Island, and was lifted October 17th.