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“One big awareness-raiser was a lawsuit that Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, a clean-water advocacy group, filed against Miami-Dade County in 2012. That year, Albert J. Slap, an environmental lawyer working on Waterkeeper’s behalf, asked a research geologist at Florida International University named Pete Harlem to work up some maps that would illustrate the degree to which the three largest sewage-treatment plants serving the county were vulnerable to seawater inundation. Waterkeeper’s suit argued that the county’s plan to upgrade these leaky, aging plants was inadequate because it didn’t take into account the threat of sea-level rise.”

On top of the water: Marine activist protects health of Biscayne Bay

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“Silverstein is Miami’s Waterkeeper: protector of coral reefs and sea life, staunch advocate for the peoples’ right to clean water, and empowerer of everyday people to protect Biscayne Bay. She also boasts a track record of holding others accountable.”

Environmentalists Again Warn of Widespread Coral Damage in Port Everglades Expansion Project

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“The corps claims it’s a ‘learning agency,’ but all plans so far show that the corps is not intending to improve its practices in Port Everglades after destroying over 200 acres of reef in Miami, and with this letter we show our intent to push for better protection for Fort Lauderdale’s reefs,” said the executive director of Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein.

NOAA Says Port Miami Dredge Disaster For Reef

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“The Corps is conducting this project like a bull in an environmental china shop.”

PortMiami dredge damages more coral than feds expected

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“The Corps has been dragging their feet and not providing the information,” said Rachel Silverstein, a marine biologist and executive director of Miami Waterkeeper.

The more time that passes without an accurate survey, she said, the harder it will be to save struggling coral or determine just how much damage has been done. In June, Silverstein surveyed the area and found surrounding reefs dusted with silt. Fisheries Service divers found a similar moonscape, with sediment about a half inch to four inches deep.

“Everything is being eroded out there and it’s hard to tell what has died,” she said. “That information is critical to holding the Corps accountable.”

Yuck! Your Favorite Swim Spot Is a Lot Grosser Than You Realize

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“The effects of swimming in polluted water can range from mild to severe depending on the toxin or pathogen, the length of exposure, and concentration of pollutant, Rachel Silverstein, PhD, Executive Director and Waterkeeper of Miami Waterkeeper, tells Yahoo Health.”

Environmentalists: Don't Trust Army Corps on Port Everglades Dredging

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“We definitely feel like the lessons weren’t learned, and we had to lose a whole reef in Miami. We want people to do better next time, but there has been no effort to improve their plans,” Silverstein says. “But I don’t think this is the end of the line in the process.”

Miami cuts Virginia Key mangroves to make way for boat show

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“Mangroves have long been protected because they provide a critical barrier between land and water: their tangled roots help trap sediment and protect coastal areas from hurricanes while providing food and shelter for fish. Researchers found that reefs located near mangroves can have 25 times more fish, said Miami Waterkeeper executive director Rachel Silverstein.

Federal officials estimate that northern Biscayne Bay has lost 82 percent of its mangrove. Since 1996, cutting a mangrove in Miami-Dade County has required a county permit.”

How Miami Power Women Are Relaxing This Summer

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“I love the sunshine and the water, and we get plenty of both living in Miami. I run a nonprofit that does clean water advocacy in Miami, so connecting with the water and the beach is very important to me. The summer is the perfect time to scuba dive, paddleboard, kayak, and swim, of course followed by a beach picnic or barbecue.

Miami also has a bounty of local foods available during the summer. Everyone’s trees are literally bursting with mangos—more than you could eat. It’s also lobster season in the summer. You can dive right from the beach and find a gourmet dinner waiting for you. I think that a meal tastes even better if you know who grew the mango or caught your lobster.” –Rachel Silverstein, executive director and waterkeeper at Miami Waterkeeper

Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

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