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Environment & Public Space

Caribbean Reef SOS

Caribbean Reef SOS's mission is to save Caribbean coral reefs from extinction. It is a new, regional non-profit, based in Miami, that aims to raise awareness of the coral reef crisis, to organize concerned global citizens, and to raise funds for research, recovery efforts, and strategic advocacy. See business plan at CRSOS.org.

Who are you?

A South Florida native, I'm a mid-career consultant with master's degrees in both arts (UF) and science (FIU). I cover parks and environmental issues for the Biscayne Times. My goal is saving the ocean.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Researchers call the Florida Reef the world's worst case of impacts; likewise, the entire Caribbean reef region rates as endangered by the IUCN. As a Caribbean hub, Miami has the expertise and capacity to lead the region in reef restoration. As important as Everglades restoration, our reefs are part of a global crisis, and we can organize and lead from the epicenter--the reef's Ground Zero.

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

Environment & Public Space 1: Water quality is of highest concern to coral reef users and managers. Water is not simply drinking water; it is every drop that falls, collects everything in its path, and eventually flows into the ocean. 2. Beaches are the most popular public spaces, and their maintenance affects the nearby reefs. 3. Sustainability begins with healthy ecosystems.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The success is projected, once a community forms around this crisis. We have no choice but success. See business plan at CRSOS.org.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Caribbean Reef SOS

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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... more »
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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