This year we launched Resilient Forward a podcast to educate the public and promote resilient solutions to Florida’s most challenging environmental issues. We have recorded 7 podcast episodes featuring a variety of guests from different backgrounds and stories of how they are pushing the climate narrative forward.
We are excited to continue with the rest of Season 1 and to keep pushing the innovative resiliency work from businesses, governments, non-profits and individuals. Subscribe and stay up to up to date on the latest Resilient Forward episodes on your favorite platform:
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Our top South Florida 100 opinions in 2018
February 18, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Shooting / Infrastructure Plan
May 20, 2018
Sea Level Rise Construction Pauses
June 3, 2018
Hurricane Season/ Antiquities Act
June 24, 2018
US Constitution / Child Immigrants at Borders
August 12, 2018
New Normal of Climate Change / Kendall Parkway
September 16, 2018
Peak of Hurricane Season / Everglades Restoration Tracking
December 9, 2018
George H.W. Bush
December 23, 2018
Florida’s Focus: Water, Sea Level Rise and Hurricanes
As residents affected by Hurricane Michael start their rebuilding process, here are several ways to provide help or support them.
Financial help provides aid to the most people in the fastest and most efficient manner. The Florida Disaster Fund has been activated by Gov. Rick Scott and is approved by the State of Florida. Click here to donate: https://www.volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf/
The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are both widely recognizable relief organizations and welcome support. Contributions can be made specifically for Hurricane Michael relief through each organization’s website:
Red Cross Hurricane Michael Donations
Salvation Army Hurricane Michael Donation
If you are available, consider volunteering in your community or communities around the state that need it most, you can volunteer through Volunteer Florida here.
If you would like to find a different organization in the state of Florida to work through, visit the Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (FLVOAD).
You can also check out Charity Navigator, they provide ratings for charity organizations and they have also compiled a list of organizations that are providing aid for Hurricane Michael, view the list here. Their list provides animal, general aid, housing and food charities.
Karenia brevis, also known as red tide, is a species of algae that occurs naturally in the Gulf. The blooming of red tide algae is harmful and discolors water to a reddish hue and produces toxic chemicals. These chemicals can affect the central nervous system of fish and other vertebrates in the water, causing creatures to die or be seriously injured. Red tide is also harmful to humans as it can cause respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, tearing and an itchy throat) as the spores from the ride blows onshore.
Red tide can be traced back to the sixteenth century when European explorers arrived at the west coast of Florida. It is a natural seaweed that has been documented along the coast of the Gulf of Florida since the 1840’s and occurs almost every year. Blooms usually occur in late summer and may persist until late fall or early winter.
The red tide should not be confused with a bloom of blue-green algae. Known as cyanobacteria, is a naturally occurring bacteria that is found in fresh water mainly lakes and rivers. They produce harmful blooms when they come in contact with nutrient-rich water that receive a lot of sunlight. In the State of Florida, this nutrient rich water is coming from urban and agricultural runoff going into Lake Okeechobee. The blue-green algae blooms normally float to the surface and can be several inches thick, especially near the shoreline. It has covered many miles of Florida's beaches along the Atlantic coast with thick, smelly green mud. Exposure to blue-green algae and their toxins can cause diarrhea, nausea or vomiting; skin, eye or throat irritation; and allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.
It is important that we are able forecast the blooms of red tides and blue-green algae so that we can better prepare and protect our communities. While we struggle to learn more about these natural phenomena, we must deploy all available state's resources and invest in research and development do everything possible to make sure that the residents of Florida are safe, and the accompanying areas can recover. Our environment is our economy.
Florida is not just full of beautiful beaches, restaurants, and nightclubs. We are home to three amazing national parks including Biscayne Bay National Park. Less than an hour south of Miami and over 172,000 acres long, this park is vital in protecting Biscayne Bay and the offshore reefs. Here are 8 facts about the park:
Ninety-five percent of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive mangrove forest. 1
Biscayne National Park protects four distinct ecosystems: the shoreline mangrove swamp, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the offshore Florida Reef. 2
Biscayne National Park comprises 172,971 acres (69,999 ha) in Miami-Dade County in southeast Florida. Extending from just south of Biscayne southward to just north of Key Largo, the park includes Soldier Key, the Ragged Keys, Sands Key, Elliott Key, Totten Key and Old Rhodes Key, as well as smaller islands that form the northernmost extension of the Florida Keys. 3
The Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project (BBCW) is a CERP component specifically intended to redistribute water flow so that fresh water is introduced gradually through creeks and marshes rather than short, heavy discharges through drainage canals. 4
The earliest proposals for the protection of Biscayne Bay were included in proposals by Everglades National Park advocate Ernest F. Coe, whose proposed Everglades park boundaries included Biscayne Bay. 5
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Public Law 90-606 to create Biscayne National Monument on October 18, 1968. The park was later preserved and established on June 28, 1980. 6
Mangroves shed leaves at about 2 to 4 short tons per acre (4.5 to 9.0 t/ha) per year. Because the carbon in the leaves is sequestered by incorporation into animals, the mangrove swamp is estimated to have two to three times the ability to sequester carbon of terrestrial forests. 7
The mangrove forest on Biscayne Bay is the longest on Florida's east coast. 8
1 – 8: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscayne_National_Park