6 Things to Know – Amazon Workers Protesting Pandemic Conditions, Increased Marine Life Sightings in Area

6 Things to Know - Amazon Workers Protesting Pandemic Conditions, Increased Marine Life Sightings in Area

It's Wednesday, April 22nd - and NBC 6 has the top stories you need to know for the day. No. 1 - A major step forward could be coming as the first at-home test for COVID-19 has been emergency approved and could be available within weeks.


Florida Wildlife Is Coming Out To Play While Humans Stay Indoors

Florida Wildlife Is Coming Out To Play While Humans Stay Indoors (VIDEOS)

This might just be the kind of comeback we needed. As the state follows Gov. Ron DeSantis' stay-at-home order, it seems like Florida's wildlife got a different memo. Florida marine creatures have taken the opportunity to reclaim what was once theirs, and they're thriving.


Fewer Boats Means a Safer Spring for Miami's Marine Creatures

Fewer Boats Means a Safer Spring for Miami's Marine Creatures

Over the past few weeks, amateur photographers have been capturing images and video of manatees, turtles, and sawfish in South Florida waterways and posting them on social media. Stay-at-home orders have meant fewer boats out on the water. And that's meant a safer spring vacation for Miami's aquatic creatures, many of which are coming back to shore.


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."


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.


Is Miami’s beach water filled with poop? Volunteer testing proves it’s so

Is Miami's beach water filled with poop? Volunteer testing proves it's so

MIAMI, Fla. - Scott Stripling is a volunteer for the Miami Surfrider Foundation. "I love the outdoors. I love the environment. When I started surfing, that just blew my whole world. I love the ocean." The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental, non-profit group established by surfers to protect oceans and beaches.


Port Everglades Kicks Off Expansion. Critics Worry Coral Could Be Damaged

Port Everglades Kicks Off Expansion. Critics Worry Coral Could Be Damaged

Port Everglades and local elected officials marked the first step in a $437 million expansion to make way for expected massive new cargo ships with a celebratory press conference on Tuesday. "It's a critical milestone in getting there," acting port director Glenn Wiltshire said afterwards of the $29 million Congress approved this month to move a Coast Guard station blocking work.


NEW SCHEME BY FLORIDA DEP WOULD WEAKEN WETLANDS PROTECTION

New Scheme by Florida DEP Would Weaken Wetlands Protection

In a plan that would make it easier to destroy our water resources, the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis is formally proposing a takeover of the federal program that issues permits when developers and others want to fill sensitive wetlands.


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