The Nature Conservancy to Revitalize Wagner Creek


Wagner Creek Greenspace Project

Learn about how we're working to restore Wagner Creek in the heart of Miami's Health District.

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Miami, Florida | November 08, 2017

 

The restoration will create new greenspaces for Miami’s Health District community.

The Nature Conservancy is moving forward with its Wagner Creek Greenspace Project in the heart of Miami’s Health District. The Conservancy’s Cities Program, which connects people with nature, provides stormwater runoff solutions and enhances communities' access to cleaner water and air, has committed to this revitalization.

Temperince Morgan, executive director of the Conservancy in Florida, said it is important to offer natural solutions to the natural hazards Miami faces as a coastal city.

“We’re dedicated to conservation and resilience efforts in Miami,” she said, “and eager to bring the local community and stakeholders into the planning process to ensure the Wagner Creek Greenspace Project is a collaborative success.” 

Working closely with Miami-Dade County and Jackson Health System, the Conservancy has identified a section along Wagner Creek as a priority restoration area. It aligns with our goal of improving quality of life in Miami by using the power of nature and greenspaces —nature-based solutions—to mitigate the impact of storm surge and flooding, to shade and cool the urban environment and improve overall well-being.

The University of Miami—a major stakeholder in the Health District—and The Miami Foundation have joined the Conservancy in the project, with the Miami Foundation providing financial support through its Public Space Challenge grant.

Once one of Florida’s most-polluted bodies of water, Wagner Creek is now undergoing a major cleanup funded by the City of Miami and the State of Florida. Our greenspace project will build on the momentum begun by their water-quality improvements. 

Stuart Kennedy, director of program strategy and innovation at The Miami Foundation, said the project also adds to the county’s master plan, which seeks to link neighborhoods to blueways and greenways.

“We envision a good park or greenspace within walking distance of every Miamian,” he said. “The Wagner Creek project helps make that a reality for those who live and work in the Health District.”

For more information on The Nature Conservancy’s ongoing work in Greater Miami, including the Cities Program, please visit: www.nature.org/florida.


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John Heffernan
(786) 575-4085
heffernan@kivvit.com


Fran Perchick
The Nature Conservancy
(407) 389-4850
fran.perchick@tnc.org

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