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Our Op-Ed: Legal settlement a win for Miami and our bay

A Win For Miami A recent settlement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and concerned local citizens and conservationists is a real win for our reefs and our local economy. But, the battle to protect our reefs and our Bay continues. On October 23, the Army Corps acceded to the two principal demands of local environmental groups. First, the Corps agreed to pay over $400,000 to rescue hundreds of threatened “staghorn” corals from near the PortMiami dredging project. Second, the Corps committed that it would require its contractor to implement certain “best ...

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Army Corps agree to move corals and reduce damage in the PortMiami Deep Dredge

Corps strike an 11th hour deal to move threatened corals, and have agreed to reduce sedimentation and turbidity for the life of the project   Just days before our emergency injunction hearing against the PortMiami Deep Dredge project, the Army Corps agreed to pay for the rescue of more than 200 threatened corals that are currently being harmed by sedimentation in the Deep Dredge project. Our complaint against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleges violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) related to excessive sedimentation produced by during dredging. ...

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How has the Army Corps failed to follow the rules in the Deep Dredge project?

Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper, along with our partners Tropical Audubon Society, Coral Morphologic, Captain Dan Kipnis, Sierra Club Miami Group, and Miami-Dade Reef Rescue, filed a citizens’ notice of suit letter alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the Endangered Species Act, in addition to several permit conditions by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) during the PortMiami Deep Dredge project. That permit requires that the Army Corps take certain steps to mitigate the environmental impact of the dredging project. The Army ...

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Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper Urges Bahamian Government to Prevent Environmental Destruction

Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper (BBWK) is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Miami, Florida. Launched in January 2011, our goal is to advocate for the Biscayne Bay watershed and its inhabitants, and to empower citizens to defend their right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Our role is to ensure that Biscayne Bay remains clean and vibrant to serve the needs of both humans and wildlife for generations to come.

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Why are these corals important?

Many corals are being destroying in the PortMiami dredging project. Why do we care about these corals? Prof. Baker, who studies the ability of corals to survive climate change, says that these corals might be significant for research purposes. They are growing in a difficult urban reef environment, and yet still appear to be healthy, while many corals elsewhere are fragile and are dying off rapidly. Studying these corals could provide insight into how to save the rest of Florida’s—and the world’s—declining reefs. (Florida only has a small fraction of the coral ...

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I’ve been hearing about a coral rescue mission near PortMiami. What’s going on?

The PortMiami expansion project has been actively dredging since November 2013. In 2011, BBWK, along with our partners, challenged the permit that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was planning to issue to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) because, among many reasons, it did not provide enough protection for our valuable and fragile marine resources, nor did it live up to the laws that the state of Florida had put in place to protect our Bay. After many intensive months of negotiations, and due to generous support from the community and local experts, ...

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Great Event This Saturday

This is an amazing opportunity for us to engage in finding real solutions to Miami's resilience and sustainability issues. Please be sure to register! Click here for to register: Miami Design Charrette

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Help BBWK Keep the Bay Clean in 2014

2013 has been a great year here at Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper (BBWK). We have been working hard to ensure Biscayne Bay is safe and clean for the residents of Miami-Dade County, for visitors to this beautiful place, and for the fragile ecosystems that call our bay home. Our work can be categorized into three main activities: 1. Awareness Building 2. Community Outreach & Education and 3. Advocacy. Only with your support were we able to do the work we do. We want to take this opportunity to reflect on 2013 and thank you once again. Together, we have much to celebrate! ...

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