Environmental groups and the scuba trade association (DEMA) filed suit Wednesday to protect coral reefs from being damaged by a port expansion dredging project in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The groups who fought Port Miami’s massive channel dredge project filed the lawsuit to stop a similar expansion at Port Everglades that they say will damage threatened coral.
Filing suit were Miami Waterkeeper, the Center for Biological Diversity, Florida Wildlife Federation, and the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association. The groups claim the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing the same faulty plan for the Port Everglades project that left 100’s of acres of coral dead in Miami.
“It’s incredibly reckless that the Corps is continuing to move forward without redoing its evaluation based on the dramatic sedimentation impacts that took place at Port of Miami,” Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.