Environmental Groups File Petition To Challenge Port Dredging
MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The dredging project at the Port of Miami may be hitting a roadblock.
Two environmental protection groups filed a joint petition Monday challenging a billion dollar project to dredge, widen and deepen the Port.
The groups — Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper and the Tropical Audubon Society — fear the dredging and blasting of the bay could potentially destroy coral reefs and sea grass as well as marine life, including manatees.
Alexis Segal of Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper says the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s permit “falls short on environmental safeguards” for Biscayne Bay and “gives multiple exemptions to state rules in place to protect the water quality.”
A spokeswoman for the DEP did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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