Is Biscayne Bay in Crisis?

Is Biscayne Bay in Crisis? A lot of people want to know!

The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce and The Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit (BBMHS) Steering Committee invite all Biscayne Bay Stakeholders to join us at the Summit on June 28th and, together, work towards a Healthier Biscayne Bay!

Creating Solutions Through Collaboration, Education and Innovation

Miami, Florida, June 8, 2017 –
Biscayne Bay is one of Miami-Dade County’s most significant natural resources stretching from Key Largo to North Miami Beach, yet recent Miami Herald articles suggest that the bay is in trouble, particularly in the urban areas. Despite numerous studies and task forces over the years, the Bay is suffering from the lack of comprehensive, on-going attention. We need a better understanding of what is going on and why!

Over one year ago, a group of over 30 South Florida-based environmental NGOs, and government entities, came together to coordinate a stakeholder conversation to address the ongoing problems the Bay is experiencing. Despite a mix of governmental and volunteer activities addressing various aspects of the bay, a closer look is increasingly imperative. Adverse impacts include floatable litter (marine / estuarine debris) and other water pollutants (storm drain & surface runoff, canal drainage, residential & industrial waste and other chemical pollutants).

After a year of planning, the Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit (BBMHS) will be held June 28 at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, hosted by the Biscayne Bay Coalition and FIU the Institute for Water and Environment.

FIU Biscayne Bay Campus – Biscayne Bay Campus, School of Hospitality, Room HM – 3000 N.E. 151st Street, North Miami, Fl 33181

June 28th, 2017 – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm | REGISTRATION: via Eventbrite – search for BBMHS2017

This Inaugural Summit is scheduled as a full day “sustainable” event, catered to an expected 200 attendees and will take place on June 28th at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, School of Hospitality, in North Miami.

The purpose of the 2017 Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit (BBMHS) is to establish collaboration amongst diverse stakeholders, in order to create an effective 10-Year Action Plan for reducing these pollutants in Biscayne Bay as well as in Miami-Dade’s canals and rivers.

The conference’s main goals are to share the ideas, expertise and resources of Summit participants in order to design creative solutions through: 1) Prevention and education, 2) Engineering and design improvements, 3) Enhanced research, 4) Enforcement of existing laws or creation of new ones, 5) Maintenance, and 6) Waste/recycling removal processes – including community cleanups. The Summit aims to include all Miami-Dade County municipalities surrounding Biscayne Bay, including inland communities along canals and Miami River.

Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability and Resilience Committee supports this Inaugural Conference and is working with our Chamber and local community groups to educate and support conservancy efforts.

For over 70 years, The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce has represented the vital economic interests of the local business community and has worked diligently to improve the overall quality of life in our village.

For more information contact:

Luiz Rodriguez
Phone: 786-853-1855

Steve Saul