water quality blog

Small Fish Kill Brings Big Concern for Biscayne Bay

Dozens of dead fish were spotted from Haulover Inlet to the Venetian Islands this week, echoing last summer’s massive fish kill event. Miami Waterkeeper along with many scientists and environmental leaders have been sounding the alarm on the state of our bay for years.

Dr. Rachel Silverstein, our executive director, said, “To see this happening again, it’s just more heartbreak for the bay but it’s more motivation—motivating for all of us to make more change.”

These fish kills–among many other signs of environmental devastation–have made it beyond clear that South Florida’s water quality is significantly declining. The images of fish and marine life gasping for air are due to the pollution being pumped into our waterways on a daily basis.

Biscayne Bay is the heart of Miami, and we can’t afford to wait as the Bay dies.

Miami Waterkeeper finds solutions to the many threats to our clean water: nutrient pollution from fertilizer, sewage leaks, septic tanks, sedimentation from coastal construction. We monitor water quality at sites all around Miami-Dade and Broward, and train community members to report pollution as part of our 1000 Eyes on the Water program. We have also put together a list of policy action items to protect our waterways. Check out our fish kill page to get up to speed on the August 2020 fish kill too.

We can create change if we all do our part.

Click HERE to join our 1000 Eyes on the Water program and learn how to observe, document, and report pollution as you go about your daily life.

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