same year the first sewer lines in Miami were
installed. By the time the 1950’s arrived, over
30 lines were dumping raw untreated sewage
directly into the Miami River. The City of Miami
decided that something must be done because the
downtown area had developed such a stench that
families were moving to the suburbs on the
outside of town.
In late 1950 a new sewage treatment plant was
built on Virginia Key and all open sewage lines
were now to be connected into it. The project
took a few years to put into effect and the
Miami River continued to suffer almost until
Almost 50 years has gone by and the Miami River
is in worse shape then ever before. Old rusted
boats hug the banks polluting the water as
slowly fall apart. Most of these boats were
seized during drug smuggling runs or after being
used to smuggle illegal aliens into the country.
The Miami River is treated by the local
government like a giant floating garbage can!
All attention is focused on the beautiful waters
Biscayne Bay and its value as a tourist
attraction. Little to no attention is paid to
the small Miami River that used to be such a
vital part of the area.
To date you can still look out at the oil
streaked water of the river. The toxic levels
from years of pollution and the seepage of fuels
from the impounded boats have left this area in
an almost flammable state.Some locals even say they go to look at the
river sometimes, but take care not to smoke
cigarettes when they’re in the area!