Protect Our Reefs
Florida’s reefs support critical fisheries, host abundant biodiversity, and protect our coastlines from storm surge. However, they're also disappearing. Over 80% of Florida's once-spectacular reef tract has died since the 1970's.
While global stressors like climate change have devastated reefs worldwide, on a local level, recent dredging projects at the Port of Miami have killed over half a million corals by burying an area the size of 200 football fields in sediment. Miami Waterkeeper brought an Endangered Species Act lawsuit and won thousands of these corals rescued and/or restored. We also published a peer-reviewed study proving that over 560,000 corals were killed as a result of the dredging project and we continue to push for a full restoration. But there is more work to be done, and years after the project ended, the Army Corps of Engineers has still not fixed the damage. Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to start another major dredging project in Port Everglades and Miami, too.
It's time to protect and restore these reefs.
We are trying to avoid another "Dredgeful Situation."
We will continue to hold the Corps accountable and project our reefs from dredging! Help us by signing up below to stay up to date on our work.