Corps says disease killed coral; environmentalists argue dredging led to disease

Corps says disease, not dredging, hurt PortMiami coral

Miami Herald 2/1/16

A “catastrophic” outbreak of disease, not mud churned up by the $205 million “Deep Dredge” at PortMiami, killed coral in Government Cut, according to a report issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

But environmentalists, who won a legal fight to get the Corps to clean up work and do a better job of monitoring plumes of mud, say the agency is not accurately assessing the affect of the disease. The September marine fisheries letter pointed out that 94 percent of coral near the dredge were covered with sediment, which could have fueled the spread of disease, compared to 7 percent far from the work.

 

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