The main water resource for all Miami-Dade citizens lies just below our feet in the Biscayne Aquifer. Yet, there are a number of threats to the quality and quantity of this water. Sea level rise and existing water management operations threaten to contaminate our drinking water with salt water. Urban sprawl and other land use changes remove open space needed to replenish the aquifer and provide refuge for humans and wildlife alike.
This project seeks to develop a policy analysis on long-term solutions to address salt-water intrusion, and protect open space, particularly those lands in public ownership. We will educate our decision-makers and other stakeholders on these threats and solutions to build a coalition of supporters for water protection. Through this project, progress will be made towards planning and implementation of Everglades restoration projects that are vital for protection of the region’s potable water supply.