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Captain Cleanup What can CPAs do to help fight pollution and clean up our environment? Before you say "Nothing/1 read about what one CPA has done. Cruising up the river counting derelict vessels, drainpipes and industrial outfalls may not be your idea of fun in the sun, but Cary Findlay, a principal in our Miami Office, has not only indulged in such activities, but has made it pay off. He and his wife, Joyce, received cruise tickets to the Bahamas as an award for the most active sub-committee of the New Miami Action Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. When appointed chairman of the Miami River Cleanup Group in mid-1970, Cary accepted the assignment to press for a total cleanup of the Miami River. A large order indeed! Assembling a dozen committee members, Cary held discussions on how to tackle this problem. An orientation trip up the river was the start. Prom there they were off and running. With the aid of government officials, students from the Miami-Dade Junior College, the news media, women from the Junior League and H&S staffmen Bill Mcllwain, Bill Boswell (and his wife Jaye) and Bob Knaul, Captain Findlay put together a flotilla on the river in March 1971 that was reminiscent of the evaluation of Dunkirk. The purpose of the flotilla was to note and photograph suspected derelicts, river bank pollution, and outfall and drainage pipes in the river. An inventory was also made of live-aboard and other boats on the river. A fifty-page report of violations and their location was presented to a conference on the restoration of the Miami River sponsored by the Secretary of State of the State of Florida. Cary reported that more than 1,000 boats were counted by the group in one afternoon. More than 700 of these vessels were classified as live-aboard or pleasure craft. It was concluded that a large amount of sewage and other debris was being discharged into the river from these vessels, Strong legislation to meet this situation is being pursued. Twenty-two suspected derelicts, many breaking up, were photographed and reported to the proper authorities for removal. Forty-one drainpipes and outfalls were sighted as possible polluters, and a list of them was turned over to the Pollution Control Office for follow-up. Some cases have been prosecuted and a number of pollution sources have been sealed. The bad conditions of the river banks-broken sea walls, trash, junk and other debris—were called to the attention of the Health Department as a serious health hazard and are also being pursued with zoning and pollution authorities. In the latter part of June of this year Cary organized a second flotilla to follow up the March report. "We saw that quite a bit had already been done toward cleaning up the mess," says Cary, "particularly with the removal of derelict vessels. But some of the other problems are going to take a little longer to solve, We're going to continue to exert pressure wherever we feel it is needed, of course, whether the problem is the pollution of the Miami River or whatever type of environmental pollution it might be. "If more people would just get involved in activities like this inspection flotilla, we would be a lot closer to solving such problems wherever we find them." •
Ballard, Charles R.
Hudson, Sherrill W.
Perkins, Charles A.
Berkman, Bernard H.
Johnson, Everett C.
Haskins & Sells. Miami Office
Haskins & Sells. Dayton Office
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H&S Reports, Vol. 08, (1971 autumn), p. 22-25
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