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Surfrider Miami informing the public with the bacterial pollution results. (Photo provided by: Spencer Ash, vice-chair of Surfrider Foundation's Miami Chapter)

Government and nonprofits provide public water quality status of Miami beaches and Biscayne Bay

Both government agencies and nonprofit organizations are working together this summer to test local beaches to ensure the water is safe for tourists and residents. Miami-Dade County currently has two types of water quality programs. The first one focuses on the Atlantic Ocean and the health of its beaches. The other tests water quality in Biscayne Bay. By Christina Garcia ...

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Attendees marching in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk in honor of World Oceans Day (Photo by: Isabell Vasquez)

Large turnout in Hollywood for march focusing on ocean conservation

Thousands of citizens and visitors participated in the March for the Ocean in Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, marching alongside a marching band for approximately 2 miles. The march focused on creating environmental awareness through music, art and education.  Several non-profit organizations participated, including Surfrider Foundation, whose Broward chapter helped organize the event along with Free Our Seas. “For a few years ...

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Miami Beach filled with trash in February. (Photo by: Lou Lozada)

Local chapters from non-profit join national program to reduce plastic pollution

Concerned with the impact of plastic on Florida beaches, Surfrider chapters in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have joined a nationwide program aimed at reducing harmful trash on the shoreline. The Surfrider San Diego chapter started the Rise Above Plastics program in 2008, according to Caroline Canter, the chapter coordinator of Surfrider San Diego. Since then many chapters in the United ...

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FIU Ph.D students out in the Everglades (Photo by: Cristina Lebron)

FIU Ph.d student researches saltwater intrusion in the Everglades

Sea level rise is a growing problem in the South Florida community. It is a threat to drinking water aquifers and growing infrastructure, which makes it not only an environmental issue but also an economic and societal matter. Miami-Dade County’s drinking water comes from the Biscayne aquifer, which is located underneath the Everglades. Scientists are trying to determine in what ...

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Aris Papadopoulos, Julie Rochman and Dr. Richard Olson at the premiere of "Built to Last?" (Photo by: Steven Guillen)

FIU screens documentary on sustainable housing for natural disasters

Florida International University hosted the premiere of “Built to Last? Saving our Homes in the Age of Disasters” Wednesday at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The documentary focuses on sustainable infrastructure and how architectural innovations can mitigate the harm caused by natural disasters. The film was inspired by “Resilience—The Ultimate Sustainability,” a book written by Aris Papadopoulos, FIU’s Extreme Events ...

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Rescue & Release Coordinator Douge Giraldo releasing the Great White Heron at Pelican Harbor (Photo provided by Christopher Boykin)

Local wildlife rescue provides care for rare, injured bird

Earlier this month a local Miami wildlife rehabilitation center released a rare Great White Heron, its tenth in nearly four decades, after nursing it back to health. Yaritza Acosta, a manager at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, said the rare heron was found in Key Biscayne, wet and unable to stand with a bloody right wing. Acosta said Great White ...

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Left to Right: Rosa Flores and Mike Jachles (Photo by Victoria Salas/SFNS)

Governor’s Hurricane Conference features workshop on the importance of social media in reporting

The 32nd annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference was held May 13 through the 18 at the Palm Beach Convention Center, offering various workshops and training sessions for disaster recovery tactics. Among the workshops was a session focusing on social media’s vital role in Network TV’s coverage of last year’s major hurricanes. By Victoria Salas South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Mike Jachles, ...

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Abraham Smith, FIU graduate student in his lab (Photo by Orianna Cardoza)

FIU’s risk assessment laboratory tests ecotox all around us

Graduate student Abraham Smith studies the stressors on organisms in the environment and gives researchers a better understanding of ecotoxicology. Under the Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment program (CREST), Dr. Rand and Dr. Crowl conduct tests of chemical and temperature stressors such as UV light and copper. By Orianna Cardoza South Florida News Service @SFNS_News • Facebook • Instagram Ecotoxicology is something people ...

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