This spring, Miami's been balmy, beautiful, and mostly untouchable under the lockdown of coronavirus. Beaches and pools remain closed, and parks have been struggling to muster the heightened facemask enforcement they need to reopen.
Raised along Miami's Biscayne Bay, Marcelo Fernandes always had a favorite snorkeling spot, a 50-by-100-foot area where he could swim above coral reefs as recently as 2015. But a few years ago, he couldn't find it. He must have lost the coordinates, he thought.
Opposition is mounting to a proposed pollution permit that would, for the first time, allow water seeping from a 5,900-acre network of cooling canals at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant to move beyond plant boundaries in southern Miami-Dade County.
Environmentalists have won a small victory in the ongoing battle over pollution concerns surrounding Florida Power & Light’s cooling canals at its Turkey Point nuclear plant.
These first responders with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue donated to Jaïm Steele's "YesPooNoPoo" initiative after the teen's family made washable masks for them. The funds were then given to Feeding South Florida to help people with food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo provided by Jaïm Steele.
MIAMI (WSVN) - Experts have found overall lower bacteria levels in water samples across Miami-Dade County compared to before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Elizabeth Kelly stayed at home for a month due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but she returned to the outdoors to collect water samples on Thursday.
By KATIE SEGAL, PATRICK LYNCH, and MICHELLE CHANG Two miles across the water from Miami's glamorous beaches and luxury apartments lies what is perhaps the city's most important but underappreciated waterfront property - the Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant. Donning hardhats and reflective vests, a team of Harvard Kennedy School environmental policy fellows toured this lesser-known side of Miami.
The coronavirus has presented researchers like Elizabeth Kelly with a unique opportunity. She specializes in environmental microbiology, so she has been taking water samples to gather data she believes will show water quality improves when there is less human activity.
Miami Waterkeeper was among the supporters of Florida's waters participating in an interactive Earth Day Salute Wednesday broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live. April 22 was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This event was put on by Calusa Waterkeepers, which is dedicated to "protect and restore the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal waters."
Florida may be under a stay-at-home order, but the state's marine wildlife doesn't seem bothered by the lack of human activity. Dolphins, sharks, manatees and other marine animals are taking advantage of empty beaches and low boat traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic.