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.
We filed a contention with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission against a plan to extend FPL's plan to operate Turkey Point until 2052.
Why? There are some stark truths we need to face about the Florida Power and Light’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant, located less than 25 miles from downtown Miami. In addition to leaking contaminated water into the Biscayne aquifer (our drinking water supply) and into Biscayne Bay -- and trying to get us to foot the bill for their $200 million pollution problem -- they are also trying to run the aging Turkey Point plant for an unprecedented 80 years until the year 2052. What's the problem with that?
Well, here are some facts:
- Even under the U.S. Army Corps’ best-case projections, Turkey Point—and the canal system that cools it—will begin to suffer daily flooding in the next twenty-two years.
- It takes more than twenty years to safely decommission a nuclear reactor and make it safe for coming floodwaters. (And a full decommissioning is expected to on the order of 60 years).
- It takes about twenty years to get another power plant online once Turkey Point is no longer be able to produce power. (Although a renewable energy plant like wind and solar could be on line much sooner).
By the numbers, then, we are almost out of time to solve this existential threat to a critical part of our energy infrastructure. Unfortunately, instead of working towards decommissioning and safeguarding the plant, FPL is doubling down on Turkey Point. In fact, FPL is now applying for the nation’s first-ever subsequent license renewal to extend the life of this aging plant to an unprecedented eighty years—until 2052.
That's why we believe that a nuclear reactor at Turkey Point is a deeply inappropriate and presents a high risk for our community and, therefore, we joined the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, Friends of the Earth, and the Vermont Law Clinic in a challenge against this relicensing application on August 1, 2018. We went to D.C. to argue before the NRC court, and we are now filing an appeal of the license in D.C. Circuit Court.
Join the fight today by signing the petition below and donating!
It's time for the FPL Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant to clean up it's act.