[Coral-List] in response to " Coral killing continues in Florida"

Rachel Silverstein rachel at miamiwaterkeeper.org
Fri Sep 11 18:27:44 EDT 2015

Dear Gene,

In response to your remarks, rather than provide my own observations from
dives in the area, I'd like to make available to this community the
various, independent government reports that verify severity of the
dredging-related sediment impacts to corals in the area. I encourage all of
you to take a look for yourselves, and also to note the condition of the
hardbottom habitat in the background of the photos.

NOAA letter to Corps May 2015

NOAA October 2014
NOAA May 2015

DERM July 2014
DERM July 2015

DEP July 2014
DEP Feb 2015

I have many more reports that show my own observations of the impacts as
well, and am happy to share those with anyone interested. Like most of
these government agencies, we don’t yet have funding to do routine
monitoring, but nevertheless were able to visit the sites on multiple


Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Waterkeeper
Miami Waterkeeper
(Formerly Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper)
www.miamiwaterkeeper.org <http://www.bbwk.org/>

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