Reef Rescue warns: Port of Palm Beach, Blue Heron Bridge divers pay attention!
“These projects are being planned up and down the east coast, particularly at Port Everglades. We are using Miami as an example of the damage that can be done when proper care isn’t taken”, said Rachel Silverstein, executive director of Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper.
Silverstein said “We can’t afford to wait any longer. Since we filed an intent to sue in July, all that’s happened is we’ve got more and more evidence – even from government groups themselves– about how bad the destruction has been. We have no option now but to demand that the Army Corps stop dredging until it can fix its ways.”
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has confirmed the damage.
NOAA Warns of “Rapid Deterioration” of Endangered Corals Due to Deep Dredge Sludge http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/09/noaa_warns_of_rapid_deterioration_of_endangered_coral_species_due_to_deep_d.php
FDEP Inspection Report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/237229864/Field-Notes-on-Impact-Assessment1-8-18-14-FINAL
FDEP Warning Letter: http://www.scribd.com/doc/237229929/Miami-Harbor-Warning-Letter-II-0305721-001-BI
Environmental concerns could halt dredging of the Miami harbor http://www.examiner.com/article/environmental-concerns-could-halt-dredging-of-the-miami-harbor
Deep Dredge Critics File Emergency Demand to Stop “Destruction of Endangered Species” http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2014/10/deep_dredge_critics_file_emergency_d_to_stop_destruction_of_endangered_spec.php
Miami Herald: Activists sue to stop Government Cut dredge and protect coral http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2443072.html