Message from the Manager: A Sustainable Future
During this holiday season, I feel especially grateful to be a part of this wonderfully diverse and dynamic community. Through hard work, steadfast commitment, transparency and compassion, there is no project, initiative or challenge too big – or too difficult – that our community can’t achieve. I truly believe if “we are good to each other – if we listen to and respect one another – we can get through anything.”
Water quality is one such issue we are working diligently to improve. In early November, we convened a productive workshop so residents could hear the recommendations of various water experts in one comprehensive forum. We are working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders including local officials, representatives from the public and private sectors, non-profit groups, attorneys and activist organizations to brainstorm about the Village’s water quality issues.
Many efforts are currently underway to get to the bottom of the issue. We recognize the severity of the issue and have dedicated various resources to help us research and find solutions to our water quality dilemma. Two types of testing are currently being conducted. The first is to examine the quality and condition of our county-owned sewer system by checking underground pipes for problems such as infiltration, exfiltration and leaks of any kind.
We have also entered into a contract with the University of Miami to undergo a water sampling research project to identify and quantify bacterial levels in the water. Data are being collected, and we are sharing this data across all agencies and jurisdictions. We will provide residents with periodic updates as the research findings become available. Meanwhile, stormwater improvements are ongoing.
In an effort to get Key residents to think more about sustainable practices, I recently attended a Resilient 305 meeting, a new county-wide strategy to create a unified approach to examine ongoing issues in our community such as adaptation, sustainability and resilience. Our plan is to start by engaging students from our public K-8 to document resilience in action. Kids will be encouraged to take a photo of an environmentally friendly practice, such as new solar panels being installed in the home or their sibling riding their bike to school, and then share the photo, along with a short caption and the hashtag #KBResilience. Details about the program and the initial results will be rolled out soon.
I wish everyone a joyous, safe and healthy holiday season and all the best for 2020!