US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Miami Harbor Improvements Study (I)

March 2019

FACT SHEET
Miami Harbor Improvements Study (I)
Investigation (I)
Congressional Districts: 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

 

1. DESCRIPTION

The Miami Harbor Navigation Improvement Study will assess national economic benefits of potential navigation improvements to Miami Harbor. Current alternatives under consideration in addition to the no action plan include widening and/or deepening specific areas within Miami’s federally authorized channels. Issues that are anticipated include concern for hard bottom/reef communities, turbidity and sedimentation associated with dredging operations, seagrasses, threatened and endangered species, and cultural, commercial and recreational resources. The base year for the study is 2025, with a 50 year planning horizon and will examine both containership and cruise vessels that exceed current sizes transiting the Port today.
 

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $3,000,000
Estimated Federal Cost $1,500,000
Allocation thru FY18 $556,000
Allocation for FY19 $944,000
President’s Budget FY20 $0

 

3. SPONSOR

Port Miami
1015 North America Way, 2nd Floor
Miami, Florida 33132

4. STATUS

The project was presented to the public in November of 2018 during a NEPA Scoping event, and intends to begin quarterly public status webinars this spring to run throughout the 3 year study phase. Efforts underway include ship simulation, economic evaluations of future without and with project conditions, commodity and future fleet forecasting, as well as geotechnical and environmental assessments of current conditions. The team is scheduled to arrive at a tentatively selected plan in January of 2020.