Baynanza is a celebration of Biscayne Bay and its significance as one of our most important ecological systems in South Florida. While Baynanza includes more than 25 great events spanning over five weeks throughout March and April, the Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day event has become nearly synonymous with this celebration.
Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day 2019, Baynanza's 37th anniversary celebration, was held on Saturday, April 13 and was a huge success with tons of garbage collected. We give thanks to our many volunteers and our sponsors.
While the big event has passed, we encourage everyone to practice "Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day" every day on your own or as part of a group clean up event.
What to bring to a clean up
Remember to wear closed-toe shoes (tennis-type shoes) and bring gloves, water, trash bags and snacks for you and any volunteers in your party.
We suggest you bring the following items with you when you participate in a clean up:
- Extra water
- Mosquito repellent
- Hat or visor
New and exciting 2020 Baynanza sponsorship opportunities will be available closer to the next event date.
Sponsorship packages offer wide exposure at a unique countywide celebration featuring thousands of participants committed to the positive cause of helping our environment.
- Advertisements and media coverage including print, radio and web advertising.
- Online presence and promotion on the Miami-Dade County website and social media.
- Promotion on the Baynanza Calendar of Events and commemorative T-shirt.
- Host at the Baynanza VIP cleanup site, which includes promotion of your core messages in a festive atmosphere to hundreds of community volunteers and their friends and families.
- Special sponsorship packages can also be catered to meet your marketing goals and fit your budget.
For more information, call Maribel Balbin at 305-372-6999 or email Balbin@miamidade.gov.
History & today
The early 1980s marked the beginning of a monumental effort by Miami-Dade County to save Biscayne Bay. The Bay was suffering from pollution and the marine environment was in steep decline. Baynanza was created as part of a larger effort to save the Bay.
The environmental concerns that affect Biscayne Bay are still present today. Baynanza continues to be an important community-wide effort to bring the Bay back to health.
- Biscayne National Park
- City of Miami
- City of Miami Beach
- Miami-Dade County Communications Department
- Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
- Miami-Dade County Information Technology
- Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces
- Miami-Dade County Solid Waste Management
- Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works
- Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department
- The Miami Outboard Club
Baynanza 2019 sponsors
Baynanza 2019 sponsors
- Virginia Key Outdoor Center
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Coral Reef Conservation Program
- Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves
- Rotary Club of Miami
- Nova Consulting
- Island Queen Cruises
- Black Dog Advertising
- SCS Engineers
Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study
In 2016, Vizcaya approached the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and CARTHE, a team of ocean scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to start a conversation about trash and pollution at Vizcaya. Together they launched an experiment, The Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study (#BayDrift), to identify the origin of the trash washing up into the basin of the barge and mangroves around Vizcaya as well as the rest of Biscayne Bay.
How #BayDrift works:
Throughout the year, the Bay Drift team conducted four experiments, in different seasons and during different tides. At each experiment, small wooden drift cards (inscribed with instructions on how to report them when found) were released by students and members of the community. Additionally, CARTHE released GPS-equipped biodegradable drifters, designed to capture accurate tracks as they moved through the bay.
What we have learned:
Data tracks reveal how currents and tides move debris around Biscayne Bay. Though scientists are still analyzing the data, it is clear that trash released in the Bay, remains in the Bay. Debris released into the northern section is likely to stay there. More data is needed to understand the patterns in the southern section.
How to get involved:
As of January 2018, 17 schools and 15 community-based organizations have supported #BayDrift. You can help by disposing of trash properly and volunteering to clean up the coastline. Recycle and reuse whenever possible. Participate in #BayDrift by going on walks after releases to look for cards, and spread the word about the study. Follow #BayDrift on social media platforms for more information about upcoming #BayDrift activities.