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Discuss an environmental problem that you feel is significant in your town or city. What are some causes?
Are any of these causes related to human values and environmental ethics? Explain. (Ms. Sue I am a bit confused about the second question)

The city of Miami located on the southeastern part of Florida is characterized as a subtropical city situated on flatlands. During the wet season, the biggest environmental problem that I feel is significant to the city is the sanitary sewer overflow, caused by the city’s low terrain: its elevation is about 40 feet above sea level, and the groundwater table is only three to six feet below the earth’s surface. The problem is usually caused by storms and hurricanes. When it rains, water is absorbed through the sandy earth and continues on through the sewer pipe beneath the metropolitan area. When excess water comes trough the pipes, this causes the system to overload.

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    The second question is asking whether it's the people's fault that the storm sewers overflow.

    People can't control the storms, but they didn't have to build such a huge city in such a fragile environment. They also could have built a more expensive but better sewer system. However, the article says that the problem was planned to be fixed at a cost of over 1 billion dollars in 2002.

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