Wagner Creek Green Spaces
Wagner Creek was once Miami River’s most important tributary, with banks so fertile that its development predates the founding of Miami. Today, this natural stream is a fenced-off, hazardous drainage ditch located in the heart of Miami’s Health District.
The Health District has the nation’s 2nd largest concentration of healthcare facilities, and more than 100,000 people work and/or live there. Yet, it is one of the hottest, greyest, most vulnerable to flooding, and most polluted parts of Miami.
Fortunately, Wagner Creek will be dredged to remove dioxin found in the creek bed. But runoff, higher tides and littering continue to plague this stream. As a consequence, wildlife suffers, and the public experiences a grey and stressful environment without access to nature.
We are working with partners (county, city, institutions, community groups, non-profits) to create a series of much-needed, multi-functional green spaces along the Creek, which will protect the community from flooding, clean the Creek’s water, connect people with nature, and allow wildlife, including birds and manatees, to thrive. These green spaces will also demonstrate the value of urban waterways in Miami, and create a template for the restoration of nature within the urban core.
Increasing the Tree Canopy in West Perrine
With the Optimist Club of West Perrine and Citizens for a Better South Florida, we will plant trees to reduce local heat levels and enhance the quality of life in the community.
Local leaders will be recruited to maintain the trees and to create new opportunities to add to the tree canopy, provide cooler refuges in the neighborhoods and improve air quality.
South Dade Wetlands Project Land Acquisition
This work is done in partnership with Miami-Dade County's Environmentally Endangered Lands program. We are working to protect ecologically important wetlands, which capture and clean our water and increase the water flow between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay.
Demonstrating How Nature Can Reduce Hurricane Damage
Working with county, state, and federal partners, we are quantifying how natural systems help reduce flooding and storm damage.
This work helps demonstrate the many ways that nature can help protect people in Miami-Dade County in the face of increasingly severe storms.
Fairchild Challenge - Shade Our Schools
We are working with the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and K-5 Schools in Miami-Dade County to measure how much trees reduce local temperatures and to demonstrate how much life they support.