Vice Chairwoman Sosa advances legislation to help improve Biscayne Bay water quality
Miami-Dade County – On November 19, 2019, County Commissioners unanimously adopted a pair of legislative items filed by Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to help improve the water quality of Biscayne Bay.
On August 8, 2019, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury produced a Final Report on the Health of Biscayne Bay. The report stated that various forms of trash are found floating in the waters of Biscayne Bay and in the mangroves and beaches surrounding the Bay. Worryingly, the report also mentions that an estimated eighty percent of the marine debris found in Biscayne Bay originates from land-based sources. In the report, the Grand Jury lauds the County Commission for the creation of the Biscayne Bay Task Force, which was sponsored by Vice Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, and makes several recommendations aimed at reducing the amount of trash entering Biscayne Bay. Among them is the establishment of an educational campaign to raise awareness for the proper disposal of trash. The educational campaign is envisioned to include public service announcements through radio, television, and social media in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Additionally, the report suggests that more trash receptacles are needed in targeted locations on County property, and that existing receptacles be outfitted with covers. Vice Chairwoman Sosa’s legislative items seek to implement these recommendations to mitigate the pollution of Biscayne Bay.
“Biscayne Bay is a globally recognized natural wonder that contributes heavily to our local economy and way of life,” said Vice Chairwoman Sosa. “We must do all we can to protect the bay and prevent pollution. I commend my colleagues for supporting this measure and look forward to continue working on initiatives that preserve our bay. I would also like to thank State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle for convening the Grand Jury and its members which provided these great recommendations that we are working on implementing.”