Miami Bay Back Feasibility Study (I)

April 2022


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


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).


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.


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


In June 2021, while the draft final report was in Agency Technical Review, the feasibility study was paused due to Miami-Dade County’s concerns regarding the Recommended Plan.  On August 24, 2021, Miami-Dade County requested additional time to evaluate a Locally Preferred Plan. In response, a Time and Funding Exemption request was submitted in accordance with Section 1001 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2014.  The request is currently under review by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. 

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