The intersection of science and education really ignited a spark in Dana Tricarico when a professional opportunity opened up at Miami Waterkeeper, where she currently serves as Outreach Coordinator. “Water is integral to South Florida’s health, economy and culture — yet our water resources face a range of increasing threats including pollution, marine ecosystem degradation and sea level rise,” she says. “While these challenges are complicated and daunting, everyone can play a part in finding solutions.” Case in point: Just a few years ago, the Port of Miami was deepened and widened to accommodate larger ships. “This expansion project resulted in more than 250 acres of coral reefs being smothered in fine dredging sediment…and Port Everglades is next one the list for expansion,” says Tricarico. That’s why Miami Waterkeepers held their inaugural “BioBlitz” citizen science SCUBA event this summer to help catalog which federally protected corals were in the proposed project area. Currently, Miami Waterkeeper is kicking off its “1,000 Eyes On The Water” program in a big way. “We aim to increase citizen engagement through watching out for our waterways and responding to pollution,” she says. “We’re hoping to reach 500 community members who, after participating in one of our free trainings, will be our eyes and ears on the water, looking out for pollution and hazardous situations and reporting it back to us so we can respond quickly before the situation gets worse!” In the end, it’s all about the community coming together for the greater good. “Whether we are from different countries, states, cultures, backgrounds or even career trajectories, we all have one thing in common: Our water!”; MiamiWaterkeeper.org.
We scoured The Magic City to bring you what we deem to be the next generation of business leaders at the tip of The Sunshine State. These young professionals represent a variety of industries and excel at their respective crafts with superior sophistication and their own unique blend of style and savvy. All have managed to seamlessly balance their careers with their personal lives while continuously giving back to the community that has helped mold them into who they are. Without further ado, flip this page to meet this year’s Top 20 Under 40.
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