Miami Waterkeeper and Project Baseline have teamed up to raise awareness about eminent disaster about to strike on the natural reefs near the Port Everglades following extensive dredging planned to commence in 2017.
Led by Miami Waterkeeper’s executive director Rachel Silverstein, the awareness initiative is an important one.
In 2014, a similar dredging work took place in Port Miami and the results were devastating with more than a hundred acres of natural reef being completely smothered.
The damage was so vast and was apparently a complete surprise by the CORPS. Follow up surveys indicate that 93% of the corals closer to the dredge had partially died because of the sediment following the dredging.
As Dr. Todd Kincaid, co-founder of Project Baseline, states in this video:
“We are out here today with a collaboration between Project Baseline and Miami Waterkeeper. What we are doing here is trying to establish what the reefs look like now prior to the dredging so we can get a gauge of impacts and hopefully help Miami Waterkeeper in their efforts to prevent the damage that occurred in Miami from occurring here in Fort Lauderdale.
We are bringing people down in the subs, so they can see it for themselves. We know there was pretty extensive damage in Miami that wasn’t anticipated.
We are here to try to get enough data to convince people to do things better in Fort Lauderdale and to keep that from happening again”.
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