Human activity is threatening Biscayne Bay leading to reduced water quality, algal blooms, seagrass die-offs, and fish kill events.
Residents and visitors throughout the County, including those in Miami Beach, have a role in keeping the Bay healthy.
Learn more about what you can do and “Take the Pledge” to show your love for Biscayne Bay.
The excessive or incorrect use of fertilizer has been found to lead to algal blooms. When it rains, fertilizers are carried as run-off into our waterways. Improper fertilizer use not only impacts our waterways, it can lead to long term degradation of the soil.
Fertilizer application in Miami Beach is prohibited from May 15th through November 1st. Keep your lawn and garden fertilizer and pesticide-free and keep your grass, yard waste, and other pollutants out of storm drains. Click here to learn more about fertilizer management practices and resources.
Owning a pet is a huge responsibility. Not only do they need to be loved, fed, and walked - but their waste needs to be picked up properly!
Pet waste can take a huge toll on the environment if it is not cleaned up properly. It is the third biggest contributing pollutant that affects our water quality because it contains nitrogen and phosphorous which can deplete oxygen that marine life needs to survive. Pet waste also has high amounts of fecal coliform, a disease-causing bacteria. A single gram of pet waste contains approximately 23 million fecal coliform bacteria which means that a single dog can produce over 7.82 billion fecal coliform bacteria in a single day. Even if you don’t live near a body of water, rain and even irrigation can mix it with stormwater runoff where it can then seep into our soil or drain through the stormwater system.
What is the city doing?
Installing new pet waste stations and maintaining existing ones
Regular water quality testing
Education and outreach
What can you do?
Pick up after your dog by using the pet waste stations located throughout the neighborhood.
Spread the word! Let your neighbors know how pet waste can impact quality of life.
Chapter 10 of the City Code requires the removal of animal defecation.
For a first offense, a $50 fine.
For a second offense within the preceding 12 months, a $100 fine.
For each additional offense within the preceding 12 months, a $200 fine
Litter has been known to clog storm-water drains and cause flooding within the urban environment. Plastic bags and plastic wrap can asphyxiate marine animals and fish. Trash, such as cigarettes, can also be fatally harmful to animals due to their non-biodegradable qualities. The pollutants degrade the quality of life and lessens the recreational value of our natural environment. Additionally, they can decrease the desirability of our neighborhoods, which can result in a reduction of property values.
It is important that both residents and visitors do their part with minimizing the amount of pollution that enter the City’s vast system of streets, interconnected waterways and sensitive marine habitats. Help Miami Beach stay beautiful by minimizing pollution! Interact with the land, coast, and water of Biscayne Bay in a responsible way while keeping single-use plastics and non-marine debris out of Biscayne Bay
Biscayne Bay is one of the most valuable natural resources in South Florida. It is an important estuary that provides critical habitat and other ecological, environmental, and economic benefits to the region. Designated as an aquatic park and conservation area by Miami-Dade County and is enjoyed by millions of residents and visitors every year, the Bay provides habitat for a myriad of fauna and flora including some endangered species.
More than 800 species can be found in the Bay including more than 500 fish species and more than 150 species of shrimp, crabs, and lobsters, along with migratory birds which roost and forage in the estuary. Biscayne Bay also welcomes several species of sea turtles including the Atlantic Green Turtle, the Atlantic Hawksbill, the Leatherback, the Atlantic Ridley, and the Loggerhead.
The seagrass beds throughout Biscayne Bay support important fisheries such as shrimp, lobster, and fish. The seagrass also helps to stabilize sediments in the Bay and attenuate wave energy from hurricanes and other storms. In addition to providing critical habitat, the Bay’s clear waters support the regional economy, recreation, and tourism.
The Biscayne Bay Marine Health Summit Steering Committee created guide for citizens to follow and help address the actions that can harm Biscayne Bay.
View or download the guide below:
Biscayne Bay Task Force Recommendations (Summary):
Biscayne Bay Task Force Recommendations (Full Report):