[Coral-List] Trading reef destruction for progress
ceo at lindorm.com
Tue Mar 10 06:58:33 EDT 2015
They bought and tested some of our SediMeters but decided they were not "suitable" for detecting sedimentation on the coral reef. In my test the SediMeter could detect 100 g/m2 of sedimentation (http://youtu.be/cFe6ct1TFPU), but not 50. Of course it was just one test and the sensitivity varies a bit along the sensor but there is no way it would have failed to detect the levels of sedimentation they got off Miami.
Ulf Erlingsson, Ph.D.
10699 NW 123 St Rd
Medley, FL 33178
On 2015-03-08, at 10:52, Phil Dustan wrote:
> This in Sunday's NY Times concerning the dredging fiasco off Miami.
> It really is not a surprise seeing how the economy and "progress" always
> trump conservation. What is a surprise is that it finally got some
> national press. The premier government agencies overseeing this economic
> development project (NOAA and the Army Corps) can't chalk this one up to
> global warming or climate change. Anyone who has a basic understanding of
> reefs and their ecology could have predicted this would happen......
> What is so sad to me is the way our government agencies get away with
> duping the nation into the allowing economic progress to overwhelm our
> natural infrastructure over and over and over.........
> Pete Seeger asked "where have all the flowers gone" and the same question
> can be asked about reefs..............and forests, and marshlands, and
> someday humans?
> In a time when people become outraged about email servers and sexual
> preferences maybe, just maybe there could be a little more outrage and
> action to cease and desist the destruction of our home Biosphere.
> Warm wishes to the people who allowed these permitting decisions,
> Maybe their wisdom won't shine on Fort Lauderdale quite as brightly?
> And maybe, hopefully, just maybe, the community of coral reef
> science community will begin to speak out with more unity, conviction, and
> political pressure.
> Phillip Dustan
> Department of Biology
> College of Charleston
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