What lies beneath the surface

Buoy in the water

Between 40 to 50 percent of Coral Gables residences are on septic tanks, which poses unique challenges for a community worried about sea level rise.

Rising seas are actually changing the way septic tanks function, causing them to leak into the Atlantic Ocean and the Biscayne Bay. FIU scientists are launching a multi-year study to sample water quality and help pinpoint the soures of nutrients that run off into ground water and the bay.

“Coral Gables wants to know how the city can manage potential water quality issues,” Tiffany Troxler, a researcher in FIU’s Institute of Environment, told Coral Gables Magazine. 

City officials can use the data gathered by Troxler and her team to manage the canal system and better plan for sea level rise.

To read the full story by Mike Clary, visit Coral Gables Magazine.