Study finds possible contamination source affecting Parkview Canal (includes video story)

A University of Miami researcher on Tuesday night revealed the findings of new research regarding the water quality of Miami Beach’s Park View Island Canal at North Shore Park. The public access to the canal has been closed since 2019, due to the high levels of contamination.

The report, which was presented by U.M. professor Dr. Helena M. Solo Gabrielle, highlights measurements of enterococci bacteria levels in samples collected at different areas along the canal, including in the nearby soil.

After the presentation, residents criticized Miami Beach authorities, who commissioned the study, for not requesting a deeper investigation on the underwater conditions of the aging sewer system.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misinterpreted the role of the Surfrider Foundation and the conclusions of the study.

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