Darwin Beach at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Miami, Florida

The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences is one of the world's premier centers of marine and atmospheric research. Founded in 1943 as the University of Miami's Marine Laboratory, it became an independent school and named in honor of Lewis and Dorothy Rosenstiel in recognition of a major contribution of the couple.

Though the campus is private property, Darwin Beach sits on the southeastern edge of the campus, and is accessible through the Wetlab, an on-campus bar open to the public from 5 pm until close.

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 15th, 2019. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Darwin Beach at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Miami Waterkeeper created its Water Quality Monitoring Program to test areas of Biscayne Bay that were not significantly continuously monitored by the Florida Department of Health's Healthy Beaches program, but which saw significant recreational activities that put the public in contact with the Bay.

Partnering with local institutions like Ransom Everglades as part of our educational outreach activities, Miami Waterkeeper measures sampled waters for enterococcus, a bacteria frequently associated with sewage, and which can both cause gastrointestinal problems itself, as well as serve as an indicator that other sewage-related pathogens are in the area. Monitoring results are collected on Monday, and results are posted to Swim Guide on Tuesday when they become available.

Miami Waterkeeper follows guidance contained in the US Environmental Protection Agency's Recreational Water Quality Criteria, as well as in the sampling protocols developed by the Florida Department of Health. Following the Healthy Beaches protocol, we designate sample sites by water quality in terms of the number of enterococci per 100 mL. Sampling results are categorized as follows:

Good: 0-35 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water
Moderate: 36-70 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water
Poor (unsatisfactory): 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water

Good and moderate results are designated as "pass" or green on Swim Guide. Sites showing 71 or greater enterococci per 100 mL of marine water are designated as "fail" and marked in red.

Sites designated as red should not be swum in, and recreational boaters, kayakers, and paddleboarders should avoid contact with the water to the extent possible. Enterococci is not the only potentially dangerous bacteria in the water; you should also be careful of Vibrio vulinificus, known popularly as flesh-eating bacteria, which occurs naturally in some Florida waters, including in South Florida. Avoid swimming in the ocean, particularly near areas where canals or rivers enter the ocean, if you have open cuts on your skin, or impaired liver function.

Miami Waterkeeper also posts results from the Florida Department of Health's Healthy Beaches program for those sites on Swim Guide as they become available. Finally, if local governments or Miami Waterkeeper determine a no swim advisory or beach closure is necessary to do other contamination issues (for example, a sewage leak or red tide), we mark those beaches as a red "special status" and advise against swimming as well.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Darwin Beach at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Miami, Florida

WATER QUALITY
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on July 15th, 2019. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences is one of the world's premier centers of marine and atmospheric research. Founded in 1943 as the University of Miami's Marine Laboratory, it became an independent school and named in honor of Lewis and Dorothy Rosenstiel in recognition of a major contribution of the couple.

Though the campus is private property, Darwin Beach sits on the southeastern edge of the campus, and is accessible through the Wetlab, an on-campus bar open to the public from 5 pm until close.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Darwin Beach at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Miami Waterkeeper created its Water Quality Monitoring Program to test areas of Biscayne Bay that were not significantly continuously monitored by the Florida Department of Health's Healthy Beaches program, but which saw significant recreational activities that put the public in contact with the Bay.

Partnering with local institutions like Ransom Everglades as part of our educational outreach activities, Miami Waterkeeper measures sampled waters for enterococcus, a bacteria frequently associated with sewage, and which can both cause gastrointestinal problems itself, as well as serve as an indicator that other sewage-related pathogens are in the area. Monitoring results are collected on Monday, and results are posted to Swim Guide on Tuesday when they become available.

Miami Waterkeeper follows guidance contained in the US Environmental Protection Agency's Recreational Water Quality Criteria, as well as in the sampling protocols developed by the Florida Department of Health. Following the Healthy Beaches protocol, we designate sample sites by water quality in terms of the number of enterococci per 100 mL. Sampling results are categorized as follows:

Good: 0-35 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water
Moderate: 36-70 Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water
Poor (unsatisfactory): 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 ml of marine water

Good and moderate results are designated as "pass" or green on Swim Guide. Sites showing 71 or greater enterococci per 100 mL of marine water are designated as "fail" and marked in red.

Sites designated as red should not be swum in, and recreational boaters, kayakers, and paddleboarders should avoid contact with the water to the extent possible. Enterococci is not the only potentially dangerous bacteria in the water; you should also be careful of Vibrio vulinificus, known popularly as flesh-eating bacteria, which occurs naturally in some Florida waters, including in South Florida. Avoid swimming in the ocean, particularly near areas where canals or rivers enter the ocean, if you have open cuts on your skin, or impaired liver function.

Miami Waterkeeper also posts results from the Florida Department of Health's Healthy Beaches program for those sites on Swim Guide as they become available. Finally, if local governments or Miami Waterkeeper determine a no swim advisory or beach closure is necessary to do other contamination issues (for example, a sewage leak or red tide), we mark those beaches as a red "special status" and advise against swimming as well.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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