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A second MWK science paper is now in the Proceedings of the Royal Society!

Research findings provide new information on coral survival in a warming ocean Check out the Press Release from UM! MIAMI – A new research study showed why threatened Caribbean star corals sometimes swap partners to help them recover from bleaching events. The findings are important to understand the fate of coral reefs as ocean waters warm due to climate change. The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science research team placed colonies of Caribbean star coral (Orbicella faveolata) in a heated tank for one to two weeks to ...

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Our Work is National News!

We were featured in the New York Times and National Geographic this month! Your Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper has been busy raising awareness about the death of Miami's corals as a direct result of the PortMiami dredge project. And people are paying attention. “'We’ve seen profound and severe impacts to our reef just off of Miami; it looks like a moonscape,' said Rachel Silverstein, the executive director of Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper.”—NY Times National attention is great—and we are very grateful-- but the battle for Biscayne Bay is far from over. The ...

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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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