Nearly all the seagrass in Biscayne Bay is dead. County commissioners want to know why
The past decade has not been good for Biscayne Bay: More than 25,000 acres of seagrass meadows have vanished as Miami boomed and climate change drove seas ever higher.
In a report released last week, Miami-Dade County environmental regulators blamed chronic pollution for the massive die-off, brought on by dirty canals, increasing floodwater and leaky septic tanks in older neighborhoods. The once gin-clear bay — one of the few places on the planet inhabited by all seven species of seagrass — now has wide swaths of barren bottom, muddy water and clumps of macroaglae rolling around like tumbleweeds.
But on Tuesday, the bay enjoyed a mini love fest when county commissioners ordered not one, but two reports on how to fix problems.
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