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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!
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:
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
Climate change is one of the most complex (and expensive) challenges we face here in Miami, a city that is considered ground zero for sea level rise. We have the most resources at risk worldwide from sea level rise and are already beginning to feel its effects. Today, flooding, ecosystem and habitat loss, and saltwater intrusion are increasing in frequency and severity. We need to take action to protect our city and our water well into the future.
We recognize the urgency of responding to sea level rise and use the best available science and management practices to support our efforts. We focus on four approaches to ensuring sea level rise readiness in Miami:
- Promoting green infrastructure and natural defenses, such as coral reefs, mangroves, and dunes
- Educating public and elected officials about sea level rise science and the need to consider both mitigation and adaptation in public planning
- Advocating for recommendations from the Miami-Dade County Sea Level Rise Task Force and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact
- Taking legal action to ensure proper sea level rise planning, especially in large infrastructure projects like the construction of new nuclear power plants and sewage system retrofits.
While there is no silver bullet to dealing with sea level rise, there are things we can do to prepare our city and our environment and we need your help!
Donate today to support our efforts to implement smart planning, avoid risky development, protect healthy ecosystems, and promote green infrastructure.Donate
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 county ignored this sewage leak for a year. We didn't.
Sewage leak video courtesy of P. Kushlan via Miami Waterkeeper. Youtube video produced by Miami Waterkeeper
Miami Watekeeper's news media coverage regarding 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.
It's time for the FPL Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant to clean up it's act.