Environment & Public Space

Protecting Miami-Dade’s water supply and green space

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.

Who are you?

The Everglades Law Center is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to preserving the natural landscape of Florida. For almost 20 years, we have advocated, negotiated, and when necessary, litigated to protect Florida’s special places.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

This project will promote actions to combat effects of sea level rise county-wide, and particularly help protect our water supply and open space in the southern portion of the county. These actions will help ensure that the county remains a place where people can live and prosper.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

This project seeks to protect the most basic right of our citizens: clean water. It looks to place more land in public ownership that will both protect our water supply and allow citizens access to green space. This project seeks to keep Miami-Dade’s environment sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Miami-Dade County will implement new programs to protect our water supply, including the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered land that will replenish the aquifer. Miami-Dade County will maintain existing protections for our wellfields. Salt water contamination from private entities will be minimized and mitigated. Miami-Dade County will work in conjunction with the South Florida Water Management District to plan a restoration project for the protection of Biscayne Bay.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Everglades Law Center


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