Posted by: reefrescue | December 1, 2010

Broward sewage must somehow be different than the poop in the Keys

Sewage discharge ban now includes all of Florida Keys Sanctuary

The Florida Keys Citizen reports: Feds adopt clean water rules banning the discharging of sewage within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The goal is to increase water quality on the Keys reef tract, where excessive amounts of sewage-related nutrients stimulate growth of aquatic plants and algae, which in turn smother live coral.

Good news for the Keys, but don’t tell Broward County where they are fighting the implementation of legislation passed in 2008 requiring Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade to eliminate the discharge of sewage wastewater into the coastal waters of southeast Florida. Combined the three counties dump nearly half-a-billion-gallons-a-day of nutrient-rich sewage onto the Florida Reef Tract which stretches from the Keys to Martin County.

Broward sewage must somehow be different than the poop in the Keys.

Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, said the state mandate [Florida outfall legislation] was not based on sound science and the alternatives have their own environmental issues.

Broward’s new Mayor Sue Gunzburger said, “If there’s anything we can do to avoid meeting that standard by 2025,” Broward wants to do it. “It’s a very expensive, unfunded mandate that I don’t think would make much difference when it comes to the ocean,” Gunzburger said.”

Contact info:

Mayor Gunzbugers email: sgunzburger@broward.org

Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs’ email: kjacobs@broward.org

Read Keys Citizen article on federal sewage ban: http://keysnews.com/node/28125

Read Sun Sentinel article: Broward wants to keep dumping sewage in ocean: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-waste-outfall-broward-20101025,0,2211108.story

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