Commissioner Rebeca Sosa seeks final solution to deteriorating water quality of FPL's Cooling Canals
(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL) – With the support of her colleagues, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa advanced legislation requiring that a third party study be conducted on the status of the cooling canal system at the Turkey Point Power Plant.
The cooling canal network, constructed in 1970, amasses 5,900 acres, and utilizing water resources for its purpose as a heat exchange for the power plant units. Monitoring data has alerted that a hyper-saline plume of cooling canal water is migrating outside the boundaries of the cooling canal system through the ground water. FPL further reported that the cooling canal system is experiencing higher salinity and higher temperature.
To address the water quality in cooling canals, FPL has obtained permits to temporarily pump surface water from the L-31E Canal into cooling canals. Commissioner Sosa insisted that repeatedly tapping into natural resources may not be an acceptable long-term solution.
“I am here to defend the residents of Miami-Dade County, the residents who depend on our ground water for drinking and bathing, the residents who enjoy Biscayne Bay,” said Commissioner Sosa. “For those residents, we must protect this natural resource and obtain a clear understanding of the cause of the decline in water conditions in cooling canals and find the long term solutions to correct these impacts.”
The County Commission joined Commissioner Sosa in mandating that the report be conducted by an independent party. In addition to analyzing the decline in water quality, the study will investigate salinity levels, temperature levels, and the migration of cooling canal water into the ground water.
The legislation requires that the preliminary report be presented within 120 days and be made available to the public via the Miami-Dade County website, miamidade.gov, for 30 days.
“Ultimately, the groundwater belongs to everyone and, as stakeholders of this natural resource, everyone should have the opportunity to participate in finding effective solutions,” concluded Commissioner Sosa, underscoring the importance of public participation.