Ocean Sewage Pipe Leaks
Miami-Dade County’s antiquated sewer system has ruptured at least 65 times over the past two years, spewing more than 47 million gallons of untreated human waste into waterways and streets from rural South Miami-Dade to the ritzy condos of Brickell Avenue to the Broward County border.
Area Waterways Dumping
A new study shows the raw sewage released into area waterways contain dangerous bacteria that poses a health hazard. It can cause a potential threat to public health because antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be in the spill.
Harmful algal blooms are organisms that can severely lower oxygen levels in natural waters, killing marine life. Some are associated with algae-produced toxins. Blooms can last from a few days to many months. After the bloom dies, the microbes which decompose the dead algae use up even more of the oxygen, which can create fish die-offs.