4
| Columns |

Score One for the Enviro-Boys: Lake Belt Plan Shot Down Again

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

A federal appeals court Thursday shot down a case that greatly endangered both Miami-Dade's drinking water and Everglades National Park.

The three-judge panel confirmed last year's decision to side with the Sierra Club and several other groups against the Army Corps of Engineers. In 2002, the Corps issued a ten-year permit to several mining companies to remove limestone from the so-called Lake Belt in West Miami-Dade.

The Lake Belt is 57,000 acres of wetlands that provides 40 percent of the county's drinking water. It also borders Everglades National Park.

But don't get cocky, enviro-boys! According to Brad Sewell, a senior attorney with the National Resources Defense Council who also worked on the case, the Corps is poised to issue new permits for the area. "I hope that the Obama administration considers yesterday's court

decision as sufficient reason to put the brakes on this sweeping mining

proposal," Sewell says.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.