By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is hosting the “Resilient H2O: The Business of Restoring Biscayne Bay” event is taking place from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Friday, November 1st, at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Ballroom Level, located at 1601 Biscayne Blvd.
The discussion will be focused on protecting and restoring Biscayne Bay, while examining the Stormwater Master Plan and the general obligation bond projects related to water quality and sea level rise.
Panelists will include speakers from the Everglades Foundation and the South Florida Water Management District, as well as the City of Miami and Miami Beach. The event will be moderated by Irela M. Bagué, president of the Bagué Group, chair of the Miami-Dade County Biscayne Bay Task Force and the co-vice chair of the GMCC’s Resilience Committee.
When asked how many people are expecting to attend, and what industry sectors will be most interested, Irela Bagué explained, “This is an annual event that the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Resilience Committee hosts ever year.”
“We are expecting a full room, with over 100 guests,” Bagué said. “[F]rom local government, engineering firms, consulting firms, as well as other public, private, and nonprofit organizations concerned with supporting resilience initiatives, particularly, the restoration of our very valuable Biscayne Bay. Registration is limited and near capacity.”
Providing more detail on the topics that will be covered, she explained, “The event will focus on the health/restoration of Biscayne Bay, resilience and business opportunities. These are important topics of discussion for the Chamber because the environment is the economy.”
Bagué concluded, “Biscayne Bay is our water supply and it’s in a dire state, so it’s important for the business community to be front and center in finding solutions for what’s impacting Biscayne Bay.”
In July, Miami Waterkeeper released a study, ‘Restoring Biscayne Bay and the Economic Value of Rehydrating Coastal Wetlands’, which valued the ecosystem services of a rehydrated Biscayne Bay at over $3.3 billion.
In August the Miami-Dade County grand jury reported that Biscayne Bay is in danger of losing an entire ecosystem, and described the situation as “a tipping point.” There are concerns raised about the spillage of “millions of gallons of sewage directly into Biscayne Bay.”
Registration to the Resilient H2O: The Business of Restoring Biscayne Bay is open until October 31st, and the cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and $50 at the door.