Environment

Years – even decades – of experience has proven that sound science is essential for sound coastal management and protection. So any efforts to undercut coastal science, either by cuts in funding or a general dismissive attitude – is cause for concern. Early calls for drastic budget cuts in federal spending for crucial coastal agencies warrant the attention of coastal communities, both to support essential coastal science services at the federal level and to better understand the vital role some of these otherwise obscure agencies and programs play in protecting our coast.
It’s 2040. Miami is flooding at unprecedented rates. Some neighborhoods are impassable, with water levels at ankle height or much higher during high tides. Other areas have become ghost towns as water has engulfed entire communities…and it’s getting worse. The beginning of a horror movie? Sadly, no. This is what Miami residents can expect in less than a quarter century. In fact, many are already living in similar conditions, particularly those in low lying areas. Scientific data suggests that as the climate heats up, sea levels in Miami could rise as high as 3 feet by 2065, with catastrophic impacts.
Public Performance Event March 17 in Wynwood.  Art and science, climate change and youth, these very Miami elements make up the upcoming Art FOR the Sky "living painting" project Dale Andree's NWD Projects in association with Daniel Lewis' Miami Dance Futures, launches this winter. Working in collaboration with acclaimed photographer Daniel Dancer, who will be in residence in South Florida from March 15 through March 17, and his "Art FOR the Sky" organization, the project combines elements of visual art, dance, music and live performance to address the urgent issue of environmental degradation.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, attention has been focused on rebuilding resilient coastal systems to reduce damage from future disasters. “Resilience” has been defined in a variety of ways; in general, resilience is having the capacity to recover or bounce back from adversity and adapt to be prepared for the future.
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - In December, Commissioners approved 15 new 5-year agreements for partners in the Broward Water Partnership dedicated to saving water. The Broward Water Partnership (BWP), a collaboration between Broward County, utilities and local governments was originally established in late 2011 to promote water conservation. The goal is simple: Save Water, Save Money, Save the Environment. The BWP, operating as the Conservation Pays program, aims to promote a stronger water conservation ethic through a number of initiatives including outreach, high efficiency toilet rebates, free showerheads and aerators, and pre-rinse spray valves for commercial kitchens in qualifying areas.
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