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The health of Biscayne Bay is in jeopardy, but FIU scientists are working to develop solutions to ensure a vibrant future for this vital resource.

The Institute of Water and Environment has been involved in critical research on Biscayne Bay for the last 25 years. Institute scientists have been collecting data since 1995, using this research to help inform decisions that impact the overall health of the Bay. This work helps to identify the factors leading to environmental degradation and to implement plans that increase sustainability.

Their vision of the future includes new tools for pollution assessment, while improving evaluation of the toxic effects on organisms and implications for human health.

On September 20, 2019 over 100 people — including scientists, Florida state agency employees, City and County Officials, NGO’s, State Attorneys, County Commissioners, Federal Agencies and stakeholders — will come together at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus for the second biannual Biscayne Bay Health Summit: The Action Summit.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the current water quality conditions of Biscayne Bay, the sources of the problems and recommendations to tackle the ever-growing issues with the Bay’s overall health. Experts hope to find solutions for the flow of marine debris into the bay from streets and waterways, advance solutions for research and technology, and form clean and realistic policy recommendations for the Miami-Dade County Biscayne Bay Task Force.

The Marine Health Summit will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mary Ann Wolfe Theater in the Wolfe University Center. View the summit agenda and register.

Want to learn more about FIU’s Biscayne Bay vision and work? Check out what Institute scientists have been working on, where they hope to go and how the community can help.

Event questions should be directed to Luiz Rodrigues, or