Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit is in Key West

Here is the link to find out more and register if you wish.

Of course, there will be much discussion about public policy and where/how to spend money in preparation for rising sea levels. Possibly we'll learn more about what to expect in the next ten, twenty years. The Florida Keys is nearly finished their sewer project—one of the largest infrastructure projects in recent Florida history at a cost of nearly $1 billion. History will be the final judge on the wisdom of embarking on such tremendously ambitious project if sea levels do overtake low-lying Monroe County. 

Below is an excerpt from Cammy Clark at the Miami Herald on this subject titled, "The big billion-dollar stink over sewers in the Keys":
     From the era of Ernest Hemingway to the days of Jimmy Buffett, the island city of Key West got rid of its raw sewage the old-fashioned way, by dumping it into the sea.
     But, in 1979, the adage “the solution to pollution is dilution” no longer was acceptable for the environmentally sensitive waters near the world’s third-largest barrier coral reef. The state demanded that Key West clean up its act, and the city of 25,000 did just that, by building a treatment plant.
     The rest of the island chain, however, continued to rely on septic tanks, cesspits and other onsite disposal systems, meaning that with every flush, more nutrient-rich human waste seeped through the porous limestone and into the fragile ecosystem of a national marine sanctuary. The once-cobalt blue waters of this self-described paradise were becoming choked with algae. So the state, in 1999, ordered the rest of Monroe County to convert to central sewers.
     Nearly $1 billion later, the plumbing of the Keys is within sight of the finish line.
Rising sea levels was a topic of education for our friend here in Lake Worth, Larry the Lenz. You may find his take on the subject of rising sea levels interesting.