Environment

MIAMI —Despite a recent report released by a California-based organization calling into question utilities’ water quality standards, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) meets all local, state and federal drinking water standards. WASD tests its drinking water more than 150,000 times a year and there is no need for residents to further treat the water that the department delivers to its more than 2.3 million customers daily.

MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on May 7 unanimously passed legislation to help streamline the permits for installation of solar energy systems for residences and businesses, positioning Miami-Dade as a solar leader in the Sunshine State.

Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) joined hands with the Positive Environmental Group (PEG) in a river cleanup. The two groups canoed at Bullet Tree Falls gathering trash on the banks of the river. It was the PEG that invited FCD for the river clean-up, and the latter thanked the former for the invitation. The group continued to clean-up the Mopan River, and, as part of a project that began in November last year, the highway. On April 13 they were at it again installing more garbage drums along the Mopan River. According to the group's Facebook page "The FCD Environmental Youth Club was established by FCD which is an NGO" and was founded on April, 15, 2011.

MIAMI — Researchers have developed a new method to identify illegally trafficked European eels, and it has already led to the arrest and prosecution of smugglers in Hong Kong.

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