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For Immediate Release:
October 04, 2019
Media Contact:
Mia DeVane
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Miami-Dade County Commission takes action to save Biscayne Bay

MIAMI-DADE – The Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 3 passed a suite of new policies – spearheaded by Commissioner Levine Cava – aimed at tackling the mounting threats to our community’s clean water. 

The health of Miami-Dade’s economy, environment, and residents all hinge on access to clean water. But water quality decline is a serious and growing concern. In August, a grand jury declared that the health of Biscayne Bay is near an ecological tipping point and without action, the damage may become “irreversible.” The public was alerted to 68 failed water testing sites in 2018 alone. 

The following five resolutions, sponsored by Commissioner Levine Cava, focus on our failing sewage system, the restoration of Biscayne Bay, pollution prevention, and more: 

“Clean water – water that is swimmable, drinkable and fishable – is truly the heart of our community, as we saw clearly from the public outcry at the Oct. 3 meeting,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “We need bold, immediate action to protect our water and restore the Bay. I’m proud of the steps taken on Oct. 3 and will continue to push for forward-looking policies that safeguard our resources for the future, like accelerating pipe replacement, moving from septic to sanitary sewer, and not only adapting to but mitigating the growing impacts of climate change.”