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Keep our beaches swimmable!

$950.00 raised
GOAL: $5,000.00

******RED TIDE ALERT *****

10/5/18 We are also devastated to report that red tide has been confirmed in additional Broward County locations and in Biscayne Bay, according to the latest FWC daily sample report.  Remember that these blooms are fed by fertilizer pollution!
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10/4/18  We are sad to report that the presence of red tide-causing organisms has been confirmed in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade. While extremely rare in the Atlantic Coast, it appears that the toxic algae that has been devastating the Gulf coast this summer has made its way here.
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So far in Miami-Dade, only beaches Haulover and north had high enough levels to have the County issue an advisory, but South Beach and Key Biscayne also had low to very low levels. Because even at low levels these toxins can cause respiratory irritation, we have turned all beaches to "Special Status" on Swim Guide until further notice. This status occurs when a condition other than high bacteria levels are affecting water quality. We recommend caution and avoiding contact with the water. Because these toxins can be airborne, keep windows closed near the water and try to avoid the beach. We will update this page as we find out more.
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Here is our red tide fact sheet. MWK_Red_Tide_Fact_Sheet.pdf
Here is a link to the state's Red Tide task force page: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/
Here is a link NOAA's latest condition reports: https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/hab/gomx.html

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What can you do to reduce pollution? 

South Florida beaches have been suffering from chronic closures this summer due to the presence of a fecal indicator bacteria: Enterococcus (the same bacteria found in human and animal waste)! This bacteria can be harmful to human health, making it dangerous to swim in or fish from the water. Beaches are a defining feature of our community and the local economy worth billions in tourism and real estate every year. This is why we must protect these resources!

Here is a fact sheet about the beach closures and what they mean. 

Here are some ways you can help keep our water safe for swimming.

Stormwater is a major cause of pollution in our waterways! Click below for Stormwater Best Management Practices brochure for ways to implement change in your daily lives:

English brochure

Spanish brochure

About Miami Waterkeeper

Miami Waterkeeper is fighting for your right to clean water-- and that includes keeping waters swimmable. We are monitoring weekly for bacteria at sites throughout Biscayne Bay, and sharing water quality data with the public via our free Swim Guide app. We are also working with to achieve good policies that protect our waterways and beaches. Backed by sound science, we'll also take polluters to court

How can you help 

 

You can become a member and make a contribution today. We are a community-funded organization and we need your support. Join us in solving this beach contamination catastrophe

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