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July 8, 2008

Gov. Crist Signs Reef Bill

I’m here at the International Coral Reef Symposium, which brings together coral reef researchers and managers from around the world to present and discuss strategies for saving one of the oceans’ most vibrant and valuable ecosystems. On Monday I watched as Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (pictured in the above blurry picture I took via Blackberry) addressed attendees and contributed to improving coral reefs in South Florida by signing a bill into law that will end the dumping of untreated sewage onto South Florida reefs through underwater outfall pipes.While it will take several years to establish the infrastructure necessary for re-routing the waste, the new law is a step in the right direction for improving the health of these vital reefs so they can better withstand other looming threats like ocean acidification and climate change.