Your voices have been heard! Miami-Dade County has agreed to ban Styrofoam products from beaches, parks, and marinas in the county starting in July 2017.Read more
Florida’s reefs are invaluable to the economy, ecology, and livelihood of South Florida. They bring in billions to Florida's economy, 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.
It's time to protect and restore these reefs.
Unfortunately, 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 sued and got some of these corals rescued and/or restored. But there is more work to be done, and years after the project ended, the Corps has still not fixed the damage done. We also published a peer-reviewed study proving that over 560,000 corals were killed as a result of the dredging project.
Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to start a major dredging project in Port Everglades without implementing coral protections and lessons learned from the last dredging disaster. We are trying to avoid a "Dredgeful Situation" in Port Everglades. The Corps’ current project plan for Port Everglades is based on demonstrably false data and assumptions, and still fails to protect imperiled coral. Our litigation has forced a redo of the environmental assessments and mitigation. Early indications are that the outdating mitigation plans have still not been updated.
We will continue to hold the Corps accountable and project our reefs from dredging! Help us by signing the petition and add your voice.
It's time for better protections for reefs.
The county ignored this sewage leak for a year. We didn't.
Miami-Dade and Broward County are plagued with crumbling sewage infrastructure that is cracked and leaking. This has caused tens of millions of gallons of sewage leaks into our waterways over the past several years. Miami Waterkeeper has engaged in legal action to stop leaks, has succeeded in getting long-ignored leaks fixed, and has advocated for more funding to fix the water and sewer system. We've also collaborated on economic studies to promote a sustainable fix this dire situation. Miami Waterkeeper also tests waterways for bacteria levels and makes it easy for the public to access the latest water quality information on the Swim Guide app or website.
Upset about sewage leaking into your waterways? Miami Waterkeeper works to hold polluters accountable and to safeguard our water and public health. Thanks to citizens like you, we can make sure this never happens again. Your gifts empower us to bring polluters to justice.
Take a step and join our fight today!
Sewage leak video courtesy of P. Kushlan via Miami Waterkeeper. Youtube video produced by Miami Waterkeeper
Miami Watekeeper's news media coverage regarding the sewage leak: Read our July 31, 2017 Press Release HERE
- continued coverage on NBC 6 South Florida
- multiple articles published on the front page in the Miami Herald
- WSVN 7 News
- CBS 4 Miami
- Telemundo 51
- El Nuevo Herald
- Cibercuba Noticias
- AmericaTeVe, Canal 41
- Radio Caracol
- Morning Magazine live on US 1 Radio with Bill Becker
Miami deserves a sewage-free bay that is ready for the challenges of the future.
In a race to expand U.S. ports to accommodate larger, next-generation shipping vessels, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is targeting ports along the eastern seaboard for expansion and dredging. The Port of Miami was first on the list, where the shipping channel bisects a once-thriving coral reef and threatened staghorn corals and their critical habitat. Since construction began in November 2013, our reefs have been smothered by sediment from the dredging. Despite mounting recorded violations, the Army Corps failed to stop the impacts or its contractors, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, accountable for the damage.Read more
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result. The Army Corps, after illegally wiping out over 250 acres of Miami’s reef during the dredging of the Port of Miami, has asked Congress for permission to do the same to Ft. Lauderdale.
“The Corps’ report misleadingly and conveniently blames the disease and warm temperatures for the destruction of our corals, but all of the available evidence, including evidence from every other federal, state, and local government agency involved, shows that the Corps’ dredging that was smothering the reefs long before the disease even began,” said Miami Waterkeeper executive director Rachel Silverstein.
The Corps is required to monitor the area for at least another year to determine whether permanent damage occurred that would need to be addressed.
Miami Waterkeeper (MWK) is thrilled to introduce Dr. Jessica Bolson as the new Director of Climate and Freshwater Programs. Jessica will focus on ensuring that climate and fresh water management decisions are based on the best available science and will work to develop resilience strategies aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change in vulnerable South Florida, while also supporting ecosystem and clean water protections. "Jessica's extensive expertise will help to guide Miami Waterkeeper's positions and actions on these critical and timely issues," said Rachel Silverstein, Executive Director and Waterkeeper.Read more