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Miami Waterkeeper

  • Blog: Major Water Win: Miami-Dade County Approves Fertilizer Ordinance
  • Fish Kill Campaign: Email and social media materials

Hispanic Unity of Florida

  • Blog: Empieza la redistribución de distritos electorales (ENG: The Redistricting Process Begins)

Major Water Win: Miami-Dade County Approves Fertilizer Ordinance

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, the Miami-Dade County Commission passed a strong fertilizer ordinance on second reading–making it law. The future of Biscayne Bay and South Florida’s waterways has brightened with this news!

Fertilizer helps plants grow, but when applied in excess it can create a problem for water quality. Nutrients found in fertilizer can run off into Biscayne Bay and local waterways when it rains. Once in the water, fertilizer can contribute to nutrient pollution which kills seagrass and feeds algae blooms, depriving the water of oxygen. This deadly cycle can result in massive fish kills like the one that plagued Biscayne Bay in the summer of 2020.

Fertilizer ordinances like the one just passed by Miami-Dade County are essential tools in the fight against nutrient pollution. Sponsored by Commissioner Higgins, Commissioner Sosa, Commissioner Heyman, and Commissioner Regalado, this ordinance represents the new gold standard for fertilizer regulation in the state of Florida. It prohibits the application of fertilizer during the rainy season from May 15 and October 31, prohibits fertilizer containing phosphorus, limits nitrogen application and requires at least 65% slow-release nitrogen in fertilizer mix, and establishes setbacks between the application of fertilizer and waterways or storm drains.

Miami Waterkeeper first began efforts to implement a County-wide fertilizer ordinance in 2018 in collaboration with then-Commissioner (now Mayor) Daniella Levine Cava. Today’s passage of the ordinance marks a big milestone for Miami Dade County and the fight against nutrient pollution.

Miami Waterkeeper’s Executive Director Rachel Silverstein praised the Commission: “Biscayne Bay has been swiftly approaching an ecological tipping point for many years catalyzed by excess nutrients in the water. Today, the County has taken an important step toward curbing nutrient pollution by passing one of the most robust ordinances in the State of Florida. We commend the Commission’s leadership and look forward to the implementation of this legislation!”

Click HERE to read the full fertilizer ordinance approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission.

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Fish Kill Campaign: Email and social media materials

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Date: Monday, Aug 2

Facebook/LinkedIn

Almost a year ago, a massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay left tens of thousands of fish dead in the water. Learn about what caused this and what we can do to restore the Bay on MWK’s Instagram Live Aug. 10th 6PM–marking the fish kill’s one-year anniversary. Your donations helped MWK stand up to the emergency last summer, but we must take steps now as a community to avoid more of these preventable natural disasters in the future. https://bit.ly/3rIReJm

Instagram

Almost a year ago, a massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay left tens of thousands of fish dead in the water. Learn about what caused this and what we can do to restore the Bay on MWK’s Instagram Live Aug. 10th 6PM–marking the fish kill’s one-year anniversary. Your donations helped MWK stand up to the emergency last summer, but we must take steps now as a community to avoid more of these preventable natural disasters in the future. Click the link in our bio to learn more.

Twitter

Almost a year ago, a massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay left tens of thousands of fish dead in the water. Learn about what caused this and what we can do to restore the Bay on MWK’s Instagram Live Aug. 10th 6PM–marking the fish kill’s one-year anniversary. https://bit.ly/3rIReJm

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Date: Thursday, Aug 5

Facebook/LinkedIn

Your support helps MWK fight against the pollution sources that likely caused last year’s massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay: septic tanks, sewage leaks, stormwater runoff, and fertilizer overuse. Join our Instagram Live on the fish kill’s anniversary–Aug. 10th 6PM–to hear about what we’ve learned since and what we have to do moving forward. https://bit.ly/3rIReJm

Instagram

Your support helps MWK fight against the pollution sources that likely caused last year’s massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay: septic tanks, sewage leaks, stormwater runoff, and fertilizer overuse. Join our Instagram Live on the fish kill’s anniversary–Aug. 10th 6PM–to hear about what we’ve learned since and what we have to do moving forward. Click the link in our bio to learn more.

Twitter

Your support helps MWK fight the pollution that likely caused last year’s massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay: septic tanks, sewage leaks, stormwater runoff, and fertilizer overuse. Learn more on our Instagram Live on Aug. 10th 6PM–the fish kill’s anniversary https://bit.ly/3rIReJm

Email

Date: Thursday, Aug 5

It’s been almost a year since the massive fish kill in Biscayne Bay that caused thousands of fish to gasp for air. Distilling all that Miami Waterkeeper has learned in the past year, we present to you our analysis of last summer’s fish kill and what must be done to prevent similar disasters in the future: https://www.miamiwaterkeeper.org/fish_kill

Fish kills are preventable, but we need to address the primary sources of local pollution: septic tanks, sewage leaks, stormwater runoff, and fertilizer overuse. You’ll find the takeaways from our new reports–August 2020 Fish Kill in Biscayne Bay and Fish Kill Response Plan–in the link above along with key infographics and striking visuals. We’re proud of the work that we do. We wouldn’t be able to produce cutting-edge research like this or get crucial measures passed like Miami-Dade County’s strong fertilizer ordinance without your support.

Join us for an Instagram Live Aug. 10th at 6PM–the anniversary of the fish kill–to discuss what we’ve learned in the past year and what we need to do as a community to save Biscayne Bay and ensure clean water for all.

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Date: Tuesday, Aug 10

Facebook/LinkedIn

Today marks one year since Biscayne Bay’s massive fish kill. In that time, we learned how to address fish kills and prevent them from happening. Join us tonight on Instagram Live at 6PM to learn more! Among other things, we will be going over two comprehensive reports we prepared: one on last year’s fish kill, the other on fish kill response and prevention. We need your support to save Biscayne Bay and ensure clean water for all. https://bit.ly/3rIReJm

Instagram

Today marks one year since Biscayne Bay’s massive fish kill. In that time, we learned how to address fish kills and prevent them from happening. Join us tonight on Instagram Live at 6PM to learn more! Among other things, we will be going over two comprehensive reports we prepared: one on last year’s fish kill, the other on fish kill response and prevention. We need your support to save Biscayne Bay and ensure clean water for all. Click the link in our bio to read more.

Twitter

Today marks one year since Biscayne Bay’s massive fish kill. In that time, we learned how to address and prevent fish kills. Join us tonight on Instagram Live at 6PM to learn more! We need your support to save Biscayne Bay and ensure clean water for all. https://bit.ly/3rIReJm


Empieza la redistribución de distritos electorales (ENG: The Redistricting Process Begins)

Oficiales por todo el país se están reuniendo para comenzar el proceso de redistribución de distritos electorales. Este ocurre cada diez años para asegurar que estos districtos se alinien con los cambios de población encontrados en cada nuevo censo nacional que ocurrió el año anterior. Debido al crecimiento de la población de Florida en los últimos diez años, el estado ha ganado un representante adicional en la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos. Pero la redistribución de distritos no se trata solo de quién nos representa en Washington, D.C. Esto afecta en todos los niveles de gobierno.

Es importante saber que este proceso no depende solo de los oficiales electos. Los miembros de la comunidad como usted pueden participar y hacer sugerencias porque nadie conoce el área donde viven y sus necesidades mejor que las personas que viven allí. Las reuniones públicas generalmente se llevan a cabo para diferentes niveles de gobierno. Asistir a estas reuniones públicas y defender sus intereses puede llevar a districtos que funcionan positivamente para todos durante los próximos diez años.

El condado de Broward ha seleccionado a Florida International University (FIU) para liderar el proceso de redistribución de distritos en ese condado. Se organizarán reuniones públicas para que los miembros de la comunidad influyan en el proceso. Es fundamental que el proceso de redistribución de distritos sea lo más democrático posible. Cuando los residentes hacen oír su voz, pueden asegurarse de que la redistribución de distritos produzca mapas políticos equitativos.

Encuentre más información sobre el proceso de redistribución de distritos en el condado de Broward aquí: https://www.broward.org/redistricting/Pages/default.aspx

Encuentre más información sobre el proceso de redistribución de distritos en Florida aquí: https://www.floridaredistricting.gov/