Posted by: reefrescue | September 9, 2013

Reef recovery success story

We were delighted to see a recently published video from our friends at South Florida Dive Journal (SFDJ). The just released video highlights the amazing recovery of Lynn’s Reef, ground zero of a devastating Lyngbya algal bloom that began in 2002. 


Gulfstream Reef in Boynton Beach, Florida was decimated in 2002, by a Lyngbya algal bloom. Through the efforts of Reef Rescue volunteers the source of the pollution was identified as the Delray Beach ocean sewage outfall pipe. Convinced by Reef Rescue published studies the towns of Delray and Boynton Beach voted to close the jointly operated outfall. The outfall went offline in 2009. The reef has since recovered. In 2008, Florida signed into law legislation to close all the remaining ocean outfalls and ban the construction of any future outfalls.

Click to see the “before video” showing the destructive bloom,


Click to view the SFDJ “after video”.

While the Delray Beach outfall success is rewarding we still have much work to do. We continue to fight against special interests that view our coastal ecosystem as only an obstacle to their construction projects.

This fall Palm Beach and Broward Counties plan to undertake more beach renourishment projects than ever before, including the Town of Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge and Delray Beach.  Broward plans call for beach projects in Segments II & III, home of the largest expanse of ESA protected staghorn coral in Florida nearshore waters.

We are also working to ensure the Port of Palm Beach expansion does not impact the unique environment at the Blue Heron Bridge. And we’re trying to address issues relating to the Port Everglades expansion that has potential to destroy over a hundred acres of coral reef.

We’re gearing up for the upcoming onslaught, but it takes time and money. You can help fund our Reef Rescue efforts by making a donation, no amount is too small.  Just click on the link below and go to our secure Donate Now webpage.


Reef Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all volunteer organization funded through private donations.

Also see these related posts:

Delray Beach renourishmnet turbidity violations.

Port of Palm Beach expansion endangers Blue Heron Bridge.

Corps plans to dynamite Ft. Lauderdale reefs.

Reef Rescue outfall reports.







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