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Local Environmental Group StopShallowSewageWellsintheFloridaKeys

Invited Aboard Visiting Research Vessel Baseline Explorer

Local environmentalists challenging the shallow sewage wells at Cudjoe Key have been invited aboard the 146’ long mobile diving platform, the Baseline Explorer, on Thursday and Friday June 11 and 12. They will tour the vessel and accompany researchers and divers in the submersibles as they collect water quality data and algae samples.

The four day research expedition off the Florida Keys is sponsored by Project Baseline, a non-profit group geared towards collecting information about water quality and educating the public about short and long term water quality effects of over enrichment from land based pollutants, including shallow well injection of wastewater. Project Baseline invited the environmental group StopShallowSewageWellsintheFloridaKeys, commercial fishermen Mike Laudicina and Don DeMaria, Petitioners in the legal challenge to the shallow sewage wells on Cudjoe, and their attorneys, Caron Balkany and Christopher Byrd, because of their efforts to stop shallow sewage well injection on Cudjoe Key.

Although Project Baseline has not taken a position in the legal fight, it does note that: “If the Florida Keys approves the shallow well injection process as an alternative wastewater management plan, little improvement in Looe Key area can be expected. The resulting water will still be over an order of magnitude above natural background levels and nutrient levels harmful to coral communities will continue to find its way to the ocean.”

Learn more about Project Baseline at www.projectbaseline.org

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