Dredging Deja Vu - We need your voice to protect our reefs! There's still time to submit your comments. Email comments to CESAJ-MiamiHarbor@usace.army.mil by November 26, 2018.
We need your help to stand up for Miami's reefs to protect them from dredging again-- AGAIN! Yes, that's right. We're as shocked as you are.
We recently announced that our efforts secured the restoration of 10,000 threatened corals following the PortMiami dredging -- a huge victory for our reefs.
But, what we didn't know was that the Corps didn't dredge deeply enough the first time around -- and they're coming back for more. That's right, the Port of Miami will be dredged AGAIN.
We can't allow this to happen.
Stand with us and say "Enough!" Submit written comments to the Army Corps at CESAJ-MiamiHarbor@usace.army.mil and tell them what you think about their plan to dredge on top of our reefs. Read some of our talking points HERE! (We made it even easier for you.... click HERE for a letter template of what to send the Army Corps!)
We invite all of those who care about the status of our local reefs to submit public comments for the potential second dredging project at PortMiami. This helps the public process to aid in developing alternatives as well as information needed to evaluate alternatives.
The final day to submit comments is November 26, 2018.
Learn more about our most recent fight to protect our corals, and see what they're up against this time around:
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 PortMiami expansion is nearly complete, making Miami the first port in the State of Florida capable of accepting the supersized ships that will soon sail through the expanded Panama Canal. But we do not believe that the PortMiami dredging project has been the unmitigated success its proponents claim it to be. The evidence is clear that the dredging operation, which began in November 2013, has deposited an asphyxiating blanket of sediment atop our coral reef: the same reefs that protect Miami Beach’s imperiled coastline from storm surges; support our teeming fish populations; and help sustain our booming tourist industry. Many Americans do not know that South Florida is home to the only coral reef tract in the continental United States: as unique as the sequoias of California or the geysers of Wyoming, and no less deserving of our protection.
“The Corps is conducting this project like a bull in an environmental china shop.”
We are thrilled to announce that we were awarded a Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grant from the Waitt Foundation. These grants provide quick-turnaround funding to address emergent conservation issues. This type of funding is rare and critically important for conservation because these grants can be used to address sudden crises, such as algal blooms, oil spills, or coral bleaching. When environmental issues need an immediate response, waiting through a typical grant cycle be too slow.