John Renfrow

  • News

    September 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Billions on Sewage Pipes: Miami-Dade Incompetence Screws Taxpayers

    Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department Chief John Renfrow claimned yesterday that a new $77 million pipe under Government Cut set a standard by being done on time and on budget. That is hogwash, if you believe what he is reported to have said a year ago. And it masks years of incompetence in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Hey, Carlos Gimenez, Check Out CH2M Hill's Tarnished Past

    Get this: The national engineering firm in the driver's seat to oversee Miami-Dade's $1.6 billion overhaul of the county's monumentally dilapidated sewer system has a history of violating the Clean Water Act, mishandling radioactive waste, billing for phantom work, and paying kickbacks. In most pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Colorado Firm Told Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Director About Its Tarnished Past

    For at least three months, John Renfrow, director of the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department, knew about the $18.5 million fine CH2M Hill had to pay the federal government to avoid being prosecuted for time card fraud. Yet Renfrow didn't stop the Colorado-based firm from bidding on a lucrative contr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Miami-Dade Union President Blames Bosses for Water and Sewer System Failures

    Earlier this week, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved an 8 percent rate increase to water and sewer bills, which means homeowners will begin paying about $4 more a month on their average water bill. The funds are meant to cover the cost of issuing $4.2 billion -- yes that's with a b -- in bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Poop Pipeline Could Burst On Fisher Island, But County Wants Deep Dredge Done First

    What a load of crap. Earlier this week, county officials warned that unless unruly Miami Beach condo owners allowed for construction on a waste pipeline stretching to Virginia Key, the sewer line could soon break. "I can tell you it's going to rupture, I just can't tell you when," said John Renfrow, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2008
  • News

    March 20, 2008

    Poisoned Well

    What was contaminating our drinking water? Who knows - Dade officials stopped looking.

  • News

    August 10, 2006

    Water Fight

    The Biscayne Aquifer is pristine no more

  • News

    April 24, 2003

    Saint Pizzi

    Rundle, Milian, or Pizzi as state attorney in '04?

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    The Dumbing-Down of DERM

    More evidence that the county's environmental guardian has abandoned his post

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    Pollution Solution, Part 2

    If you were Steve Shiver, why would you meet with one lobbyist when you could meet with a bunch of them?

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    Last week's cover illustration? Disgusting!

  • News

    February 14, 2002

    Pollution Solution

    Want to hear more about a plan to protect the county's water supply from contamination? Good luck.

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    A Public Servant Goes Public

    She ran her department like a pro, but she possessed one thing Alex Penelas and Steve Shiver couldn't tolerate: Integrity

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    A Hole So Foul

    Somehow no one noticed that a monstrous gash was illegally being dug into the bottom of Biscayne Bay

  • News

    January 5, 1995

    The Last Frontier

    When authorities pledged to reflood the Everglades, they tried to accommodate residents of the 8 1/2 Square Mile Area in Southwest Dade. They're still trying.

  • News

    December 1, 1993

    Toxic Runways

    Years of neglect have poisoned the land and contaminated the water under Miami International Airport. Investigators are just now beginning to grasp how bad it is. It's very bad.

  • News

    March 31, 1993


    If you think Dade County is a filthy mess now, just wait till you're drowning in it