A dozen South Florida businesses and conservation groups challenge the Army Corps of Engineers’ expansion plan for Port Everglades.
In a 15 page letter the group details the Corps multiple failures to protect coral reef resources during the recent Port of Miami Deep Dredge Project.
Their letter cites reports from NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, USEPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection documenting coral mortality and damage to the reef habitat that far exceeded what had been permitted for during the Miami dredge project. The Miami project smothered 100’s of acres of coral reef as far as 3,000 feet beyond what had been anticipated.
Since the Port Everglades dredging project is based on the same, and now disproven assumptions the group is asking the Corps to reinitiate consultation on the effects of the Port Everglades expansion given the lessons learned from the Miami dredging project.
The reefs off the coasts of Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, and Hollywood, Florida contain invaluable, highly sensitive endangered species and habitats. These reefs generate billions(1) of fisheries, water sports and tourism dollars and are the first line of defense against hurricane waves and surge.
Link to Group Letter:
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