Miami Bay Back Feasibility Study (I)

June 2021

FACT SHEET

Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, FL
Investigations (I)
Congressional Districts: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

1. DESCRIPTION

The study authority for the Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study is Public Law 84-71, June 15, 1955 which authorizes an examination and survey of the coastal and tidal areas of the eastern and southern United States, with particular reference to areas where severe damages have occurred from hurricane winds and tides. The purpose of the project is to reduce potential damages caused by coastal storms and improve human safety and coastal resiliency in the Miami-Dade County Back Bay. The Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) includes a combination of structural (such as surge barriers and floodwalls), nonstructural (such as flood proofing, relocation and elevation of structures) and natural and nature based features (such as mangrove plantings).

2. FUNDING

Project is funded under P.L. 115-123: Bi-Partisan Budget Act of 2018, Supplemental. Project is brokered to Norfolk District (NAO). NAO manages the project to include the funding and financial data.

3. SPONSOR

Miami Dade County
111 N.W. 1st Street
Miami, FL 33128

4. STATUS

The study started its official three year timeline in October 2018 and will conclude with a Chief’s report in September 2021. The team has worked closely with Miami-Dade County officials and Resiliency teams in gathering existing data, mapping out potential alternatives and examining future scenarios for the region.  A successful TSP meeting was held on 17 January 2020, resulting in an approval of the TSP identified by the Norfolk District. The TSP was optimized, and the District now has a Recommended Plan consisting of Critical Infrastructure measures, Nonstructural measures, Nature and Nature-based Features, and Structural measures. The District is currently working with Miami-Dade County to schedule the ADM in April 2021.

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