The FACE Crew

R/V Nancy Foster, docked in Miami

Lindsey Visser operating the autoanalyzer

Shipek operations on deck of the Nancy Foster

Preparing the CTD on the Nancy Foster

Hollywood boil from the Hildebrand

Operating the CTD on the Nancy Foster

Jack Stamates handles the V-Fin off the Nancy Foster.

View of ADCP mounted in the Pt. Eveglades inlet

NOAA ship CABLE returns to dock

Chris Sinigalliano testing coastal water for Staphylococcus aureus hemolysis activity on a blood agar plate

The Florida Area Coastal Environment (FACE) program

The FACE program is designed to understand the many controlling oceanographic and coastal environmental factors that influence Florida public health and coastal biota, and to provide this knowledge to the area's environmental regulators, resource managers, utility operators, and to the public. The broad objectives of the studies include:

• Quantify the sources of selected nutrients and microbial contaminants into critical areas of interest within the FACE purview.
• Measure relevant physical parameters such as ocean currents and meteorology with which the chemical measurements must be interpreted.
• Determine the likely exposure of coral reef resources to those nutrients.

The study area of FACE covers 467 km of coastline in Miami-Dade to Brevard counties.The area includes six treated wastewater plants: Miami Central, Miami North, Hollywood, Broward, Boca Raton, and South Central, which together contribute ~1 million cubic meters (284 millions of gallons) per day to the region. In addition, this coastal area receives fresh water discharged through six inlets, from the Miami Harbor inlet in the south to the Boynton inlet in the north. This area is the home of nearly 5.5 million people (U S Census Bureau, 2006) and an economyheavily dependent on a healthy offshore environment.

Activities and projects

The FACE program has had an active field program since its inception in 2004.  These are some highlights