South Florida is home to the only coral reef system in the continental United States, and it is in danger.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to start a major dredging project in Port Everglades without implementing protections that will save nearby corals. Eighty to ninety percent of the coral reef has already died or been badly harmed, and this proposed project will cause even more damage. Write to your representative and tell them that you want the Corps and NOAA to ensure that dredging impacts donít destroy corals and coral habitat in Port Everglades!
During a similar dredging project at the Port of Miami, the Corps illegally harmed 10 times the number of corals it had predicted would be damaged, causing impacts from sedimentation to an area of reef more than 200 football fields in size. We canít let that happen in Port Everglades.
The Corps has signed the Record of Decision for the Port Everglades project, which makes it eligible for congressional approval, and the Senate recently approved the Water Resources Development Act, which includes language to authorize the Port Everglades dredging. Now itís up to the House of Representatives to weigh in on the project.
Floridaís waters are critically important to the stateís economic well-being and its residentsí quality of life. Earthjustice has fought for years to ensure that these waters are protected. Together we must ask Congress to ensure that the Corps issues a supplemental or new environmental impact statement and biological opinion for the Port Everglades project. Take action today!
May 12, 2016 Action Alert ID# 372
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