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
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.
“One big awareness-raiser was a lawsuit that Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, a clean-water advocacy group, filed against Miami-Dade County in 2012. That year, Albert J. Slap, an environmental lawyer working on Waterkeeper’s behalf, asked a research geologist at Florida International University named Pete Harlem to work up some maps that would illustrate the degree to which the three largest sewage-treatment plants serving the county were vulnerable to seawater inundation. Waterkeeper’s suit argued that the county’s plan to upgrade these leaky, aging plants was inadequate because it didn’t take into account the threat of sea-level rise.”
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.
Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper’s first peer reviewed journal article is out! BBWK partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch for this study that examines the sustainability of U.S. fisheries. We found that 98% of U.S., wild-caught fisheries are considered “best choice” or “good alternative” eco-friendly choices, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium”s Seafood Watch. While it was found that the majority of U.S. fisheries are rated “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative”, only 19% received the top “Best Choice” rating. This limitation was primarily due to bycatch concerns.Read more
Spend With a Purpose this Holiday Season -- Support Biscayne Bay!
“Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, an environmental advocacy group, challenged the proposed agreement in federal court earlier this year, arguing that it failed to account for rising sea levels, leaving some coastal treatment plants prone to disaster in a storm. “To rebuild these systems at current elevation, with no hardening, no sea walls…is the height of irresponsibility,” said Albert Slap, an attorney for the group.”