Miami Waterkeeper (formerly Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper) is a non-profit organization that advocates for South Florida's watershed and wildlife. Our goal is to educate locals and visitors about the vital role of clean water in Miami's clean water economy, and to empower them to take an active role in community decision making. We hope to ensure a vibrant coastal culture and ecosystem for generations to come. Launched in 2011, MWK is the first Waterkeeper in South Florida and the only advocacy organization solely dedicated to protecting Biscayne Bay and its surrounding watershed.
This CBS news story discusses impacts on coral reefs from the dredging in Port Miami and MWK's efforts to protect endangered corals.
MWK advocates for South Florida's watershed and wildlife. The diversity of habitats in Biscayne Bay support a variety of recreationally and economically important species throughout their life cycles.
Our waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein, inspects a dense, clay-like sediment produced by the Port Miami dredging project, which has buried the reef.
MWK investigates water quality at a local waterway in Coral Gables after receiving a pollution report from a resident.
MWK supporters volunteer to keep our coastlines clean at a beach clean up in Virginia Key!
MWK Junior Ambassadors 2017 class participates in a beach cleanup at Crandon Park.
Community Outreach and Education
MWK engages in activities to educate the public about the economic, social, ecological, and cultural importance of our marine environment in South Florida. MWK hosts a variety of community outreach activities including educational and volunteer events which connect you and your family to the wonders of our Bay. Our goal is to help you enjoy your beautiful Bay and take an active role in protecting it.
MWK's Junior Ambassador program educates local youth and promotes student involvement in protecting and defending Biscayne Bay and surrounding waters. MWK selects Junior Ambassadors from local high schools across Miami-Dade County. The Ambassadors are trained by MWK staff and learn about water issues impacting our watershed. The students participate in four service learning events and four advocacy trainings throughout the year where they learn about environmental threats, civic engagement, creative problem solving, public speaking, and more. At the end of the year, the students give a presentation to a community group about our watershed, Biscayne Bay, current threats, and possible solutions. The Junior Ambassador program is designed to engage students in taking an active role in protecting the environment and inspire future leaders in the community.
MWK's Water School, co-led by Florida Sea Grant, is a program that educates elected officials about our watershed. We hope to improve public policy decisions relative to Biscayne Bay by increasing knowledge of elected officials on the Biscayne Bay watershed, the ecological challenges impacting the water, and the economic importance of maintaining a healthy bay. Officials spend time out on the water and have the opportunity to see and experience our sparkling Biscayne Bay first hand.
MWK is one of the few environmental organizations in Miami who are willing to use one of the most powerful tools at our disposal to protect our Bay: the law. Using State and Federal laws, MWK - along with support from the community - can stand up to those who might harm our Bay or its surrounding waters. Our recent litigation work included improving degraded and high flood risk sewage infrastructure in Miami and pushing for best practices in PortMiami's Deep Dredge Project to protect our coral reefs.
Biscayne Bay Water Watch
Biscayne Bay Waterwatch is a water quality citizen science sampling program led by Miami Waterkeeper and Sea Grant. This program trains a network of volunteers in data collection methods and educates participants in the importance of water quality to the health of Biscayne Bay. The purpose of this program is to monitor the condition of the Bay and track long-term trends in water quality data. Collecting this information is vital in examining threats to the marine environment and human health including sewage spills, algal blooms and pollution.