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. Unfortunately, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to start a major dredging project in Port Everglades without implementing protections that will save nearby corals. During a similar dredging project at Port Miami, just 30 miles south, the Corps illegally harmed ten times the number of corals predicted and caused severe impacts to an area of reef that would cover 200 football fields. In 2014, Miami Waterkeeper and co-plaintiffs filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit to get these corals protected and restored. Hundreds of threatened staghorn corals have been rescued as a result, but many more were buried alive and now need restoration.
We are trying to avoid a "Dredgeful Situation" in Port Everglades. The Corps has signed the Record of Decision for the dredging of Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale, which makes the project eligible for approval. But, the Corps’ current project plan for Port Everglades is based on demonstrably false data and assumptions, and still fails to protect imperiled coral.
Are you worried about the safety of Florida's reefs during the dredging of Port Everglades? Sign the petition, add your voice.
It's time for better protections for reefs.
The Miami-Dade sewage system has spilled tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage into our waterways in recent years.
Sewage pollution can cause severe environmental damage and negatively impact human health and safety. Sewage dumping is caused by outdated and ineffective infrastructure, leaking septic tanks, and the destruction of natural areas and the wetlands that naturally absorb stormwater. Sewage introduces pathogens, heavy metals, excess nutrients, and other pollutants into our waterways that enact a heavy toll on water quality. These toxins can cause destructive algal blooms, fish kills, and the die-off of aquatic life. Pathogens into swimming areas and our water supply can cause illness, disease outbreaks, and increased risk of chronic, long-term illnesses.
We are committed to reducing or eliminating the sewage spills that pollute our waterways. In 2012, we filed a notice to sue Miami-Dade County over Clean Water Act violations and challenged a multi-billion dollar proposed infrastructure plan that failed to account for sea level rise and provide adequate funding for the Water and Sewer Departments maintainence. Since then, the County has incorporated many of our suggested best management practices for dealing with flooding issues and sewage problems.
We want to ensure that Miami’s continued growth is sustainable and doesn’t come at the cost of permanent environmental damage. We need your support to make sure that we can continue to protect Miami’s incredible waterways that are critical to our quality of life here in South Florida. Miami deserves a sewage-free bay that is ready for the challenges of the future. Help us fight for one.
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