Miami grapples with how to save treasured bay from rising seas, pollution

first_imgArt Wager/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS, JON SCHLOSBERG, GINGER ZEE and LINDSEY GRISWOLD, ABC News(MIAMI) — An unprecedented fish kill in Miami’s Biscayne Bay this summer has brought a new push to address issues caused by sea level rise and pollution.Sea-level rise in Miami and southeast Florida is not a new problem. The water in the area has risen 5 inches since 1993, and a new $400 million pump system is what is keeping a large part of the city dry.The Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department is already planning for a worst-case scenario when it comes to sea-level rise.“If you look from now till 2040 — so 20-year horizon — we’re planning on worst case about 11 inches of sea level rise, which if you live in South Florida that’s a very frightening thing in your coastal community,” Kevin Lynskey, the department’s director, told ABC News.Biscayne Bay is described as a turquoise paradise that laps at the coast of southeast Florida and kisses the barrier island of Miami Beach. It includes a national park and aquatic preserve to protect wildlife in the area.Rachel Silverstein, executive director of the advocacy group Miami Waterkeeper, called it one of the jewels of the state.“Biscayne Bay generates billions of dollars annually for our regional economy,” she said.But the bay is dying.Canals are carrying trash, fertilizer runoff and contamination from failing septic tanks into the bay.Over the summer, all the chemicals running into the bay — combined with record heat levels — starved the oxygen out of the water, killing thousands of fish.“These suffocation events, and this is something that just happened recently in Biscayne Bay, just in early August … is a well-documented pattern of how water bodies essentially die, all around Florida and all around the world, so there’s a very tight connection between nutrient pollution and bacteria levels and these kinds of fish kills,” Silverstein said.Louis Aguirre, a reporter from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV, recently produced a special about the challenges facing Biscayne Bay.“We have over 100,000 septic tanks in Miami-Dade County — still to this day. And we need to transition those septic tanks and connectors to our sewer system, which is also aging, ASAP because those septics are just spewing wastewater into our groundwater. You know Miami-Dade only stays 6 feet above sea level, so whatever goes through our groundwater goes into our bay, and that’s pretty disgusting,” he told ABC News.In a typical septic system, waste from the house enters the tank, the solid waste settles to the bottom and the water goes to the drain field to be clarified. But when sea levels rise it interferes with that process, and the drain field mixes with groundwater and the septic tank fails.That means waste from a toilet can go directly into the groundwater.The Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department tells ABC News they have identified 10,000 tanks today that are not high enough anymore, and in 20 years, that number will reach 50,000.Lynskey explained they are not just focused on septic, they’re also concerned about the canal systems keeping South Florida from turning back into a swamp. As sea levels rise, the canals pick up more trash, nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer used on farms and lawns and carries it right into Biscayne Bay.But there is cause for hope.Tampa Bay faced a similar challenge in the 1970s when the water was so covered in algae the seagrass died and fish and wildlife was driven out. After decades of effort to prevent polluted water from entering the bay, the seagrass has returned to nearly the same level as 1950, an area the size of Manhattan.But Miami Waterkeeper said the city needs big changes in its sewage infrastructure to prevent more fish kills and preserve the bay.“So we urgently need to be doing these investments and taking these opportunities we have to retrofit how our city is built and how it functions to be ready for sea-level rise,” Silverstein told ABC News.The city of Miami agrees the problem is serious, but Lynskey said local leaders haven’t agreed on a path forward. The department is in the process of raising key infrastructure as high as 20 feet above sea level to reduce risk.“Nobody’s come up with a magic bullet, we’ve already built billions of dollars of buildings and infrastructure. How do we make those survive? We’re still very much grappling with all that,” Lynskey said.He said that as the sea level continues to rise tough decisions may have to be made from expensive septic tank replacements to decisions on whether to relocate.“I think over the next 15 years, people are going to have to make some fundamental decisions on whether we’re going to try to keep every inch of land that humans live on, or are there some properties east of the ridge, where ultimately we retreat from and politically, I don’t think we’re there yet, but behind the scenes you can hear the conversations,” Lynskey told ABC News.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NMMSH: Free Telescope Workshop Jan. 4

first_imgA telescope can help inspire a lifelong interest and appreciation in nature and science, but the first step is learning how to use it. Bring your new telescope and everyone interested to the free telescope workshop Jan. 4 at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Courtesy/Air & Space Magazine “Buying a telescope as a Christmas gift is a great idea, but teaching your child how to use it is sometimes very challenging,” Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola said. “Our goal with this free workshop is to teach parents and aspiring young astronomers tips and techniques that will help them get the most out of this exciting gift that can inspire a lifetime of interest in nature and science.” ALAMOGORDO — The New Mexico Museum of Space History education department is holding a free telescope workshop beginning 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 in the front classroom of the Tombaugh Building in Alamogordo. The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575.437.2840 or toll free 1.877.333.6589 or visit NMMSH News: The focus of the workshop will be on showing new telescope users the basics of set-up and viewing. Workshop participants should bring their new telescope, along with all of its parts and directions, with them. Museum educators and local amateur astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice on how to best assemble and use telescopes.last_img read more

Algeria’s Sonatrach to boost output of crude oil and natural gas…

first_imgAlgeria’s state energy producer Sonatrach Group plans to increase output of natural gas and crude oil by 20% in the next four years as new projects start up.Salah Mekmouche, the company’s V.P of exploration and production said that Sonatrach plans to invest as little as possible and produce as much as possible.Sonatrach will bring on stream Tiguentourine, In Salah and Timimoune natural gas projects as well as oil wells of the NBerkine badsin, after spending $9b billion a year on exploration and development projects since 2015.The nation hosted OPEC members meeting in November when they agreed to the outline of a deal to cut production for the first time in 8years. Brent crude has rallied 48 percent this year as OPEC will cut output as of Jan 1 amid a global glut.Sonatrach will produce 69 million tons of oil equivalent this year, up from 67 million tons last year, according to company data. Gas output will increase to 132.2 billion cubic meters from 128.3 billion in 2015, the data show.Sonatrach plans to drill 290 wells in 2017, up from 253 wells in 2016, according to Khelil Kartobi, head of Sonatrach’s drilling division. Of the 290 wells next year, 100 will be for exploration, he said. The company has 100 drilling rigs and another 19 are owned by foreign companiesAlgeria is Africa’s biggest natural-gas producer and a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Its crude production increased to 1.16 million barrels a day in November, the highest since 2013, after three years of declines and no change in 2015, according to data compiled by Bloomberg(Original script by Bloomberg)last_img read more

Dominica hosts gender equality workshop

first_imgLocalNews Dominica hosts gender equality workshop by: – October 21, 2014 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 322 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share (L-R) Roberta Ellis, Sylvie Lamothe, Debbie BucherA workshop aimed at promoting gender equality, promoting access to social justice and to reduce unemployment among the youth has been hosted in Dominica.The workshop, conducted at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau on October 21, 2014, was organized by the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs and Cuso International, a Canadian non-governmental organization.Cuso International works in developing countries to reduce poverty and inequality through the placement of highly skilled and technical volunteers.The workshop was conducted under the theme ‘Together Deepening our Understanding of Gender Quality’.Its objective was to provide gender partners in Dominica with an opportunity to dialogue on gender equality issues affecting the country and to determine ways of working together to address these. “We have brought together specific organizations who are working on gender equality issues in Dominica,” program manager for Cuso International, Roberta Ellis told Dominica Vibes.“We are having discussions on some of the gaps and challenges to achieving gender quality and looking at some of the strategic ways in which we can work with and support our partners,” she continued.Some of these partners include the Dominica Employers Federation, the Ministry of Social Services, the Social Center, the Dominica West Federation, Child Fund, the Abilities Unlimited Foundation and more.Ms. Ellis said it is impressive to have the Abilities Unlimited Foundation at the workshop, because Cuso has begun working with individuals who are differently abled. Gender program advisor of Eastern Canada, Debbie Bucher said a gender review was already conducted here and the findings will be shared with the participants.“One of the things we want to do is deepen the collective understanding of gender review in Dominica and think of how we can go forward to address those issues”.It is her hope that partners here can reach a common understanding of what the key issues are that needs to be addressed in terms of gender equality.One of the Cuso volunteers, Sylvie Lamothe, who has been on the island from July of this year, is working with the youth in sourcing funding for their youth development programs.She hopes that when she leaves the island next year March, that there are systems in place to source funding.Cuso International also aims to validate and enrich the findings of Cuso International’s gender research, to share Cuso International’s perspective and approach to gender equality outcomes, in addition to provide partners with avenues for improving gender equality outcomes through use of Cuso International Volunteers.– / 5Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo “sent” Gareth Bale to a psychiatrist

first_img Joe Hart, of Manchester City, and Luke Shaw, of Manchester United, have also worked with the psychiatrist this season. JA Sanchez 12/09/2015 CEST “Ronaldo’s acolytes in the dressing room, such as the youngster Isco, also made life tough for Bale. That is when he turned to Edwards.” “The world player of the year turned on Bale when it became clear that the Wales flyer had failed to pick up the Spanish language to his own, exacting standards. Upd. at 12:05 “On the pitch Bale’s performances, including his stunning goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and his strike in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in 2014, were threatening Ronaldo’s standing at the club. Neil Ashton wrote: “Perhaps that is why Bale was such a success again in his second season at the Bernabeu, learning to deal with the negative dressing room environment that had been created by Cristiano Ronaldo. The hostile environment Cristiano Ronaldo created at Real Madrid forced Gareth Bale to go and see a psychiatrist, according to the Daily Mail. The Welshman’s good start to the season has come thanks to Jamie Edwards, a former basketball player who helps sports stars prepare mentally. last_img read more

Zidane throws in La Liga towel for Champions League focus

first_img Upd. at 12:35 The French coach has explained to his fooballers that he will make a lot of rotations in the league, despite publically denying he is throwing the towel in. Barcelona are heading towards the title and Madrid would have to pull off something incredible to stop them. The squad understands the message: Give it all for the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane has made it clear to Real Madrid the priority is the Champions League. Seven points behind Barcelona and with a visit to the Camp Nou pending, the Los Blancos coach will make rotations in the Spanish top flight and prioritise on Europe. It could be like in 1998, when Madrid won their seventh European Cup after a disastrous season in La Liga, finishing fourth, 11 points behind Barcelona. It’s a risky tactic that Florentino Perez had given the OK to.  CETcenter_img 19/02/2016 LL.Mlast_img read more

Big week as ladder leaders clash

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT ELLINBANK AND DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREVIEW – ROUND 7 WHEN opportunity comes knocking, who will step up…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Pattinson strides to the crease

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Daffies brighten the day for cancer crusaders

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS LOVELY local ladies brought some colour to the inner suburbs as part of a recent cancer fund-raising…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img