State: Port Miami dredging damaging coral

Published On: Aug 20 2014 06:37:17 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — State environmental inspectors say a $205 million project to deepen Port Miami is damaging sea life and smothering coral.

The Department of Environmental Protection warned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week that the work violates state permits. The Corps was given two weeks to respond to Monday's letter.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1qp8SJy ) reports a local watchdog group also issued a similar complaint last month and threatened to sue in September if the work isn't cleaned up.

The Corps, which is overseeing the project, told the Herald the letters are being reviewed.

Last month the state sent divers to inspect the area around the dredge. They found the edges of some coral colonies are already dying and smaller colonies are showing signs of stress.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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