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Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project

The Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project is formulating plans to restore parts of the south Florida ecosystem in freshwater wetlands of the Southern Glades and Model Lands, the coastal wetlands and subtidal areas, including mangrove and seagrass areas, of Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park, Manatee Bay, Card Sound and Barnes Sound. These areas have been affected by over-drainage and by damaging freshwater releases from canals, such as the C-111 Canal.

BBSEER Map

Project Purpose and Need:

Currently, multiple canals designed to provide flood risk management and protect water supplies transect the study area. The drainage system currently in place has transformed Biscayne Bay’s natural estuarine conditions driven by diffuse freshwater flows to a declining ecosystem driven by controlled freshwater pulses that have unnatural input locations to the Bay, and that provide water at unnatural times, in unnatural volumes, and with unnatural distributions. Historically, Biscayne Bay received fresh water from overland flow passing through the coastal ridge and wetlands, and from extensive groundwater seepage. These natural freshwater inputs produced a distinctive salinity gradient that supported the diverse habitats of the Bay. The drainage canals disrupted interconnected physical and chemical natural processes such as hydrology, salinity patterns, and nutrient inputs. The existing canals impact freshwater flows to the Biscayne Bay estuary by lowering the region’s water table and reducing water storage in contributing basins; decreasing groundwater inflow to Biscayne Bay; and eliminating or altering natural tributaries. Drainage has permitted agricultural and suburban development in areas that were once vital wetlands and increased the flow of pollutants/nutrients to Biscayne Bay. Development of watershed lands and the commensurate control of water levels have contributed to the altered timing and duration of freshwater flows to Biscayne Bay.

Project Objectives

1. Progress towards restoration of a 500-m mesohaline strip year-round along the Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park, Card Sound and Manatee Bay coasts, and to reduce unnatural pulse releases.

2. Progress towards restoration of depth and duration of freshwater, and structure and function with improved native plant and animal abundances and diversity, in the eastern portions of the Model Lands, Southern Glades, Panhandle of Everglades National Park, and coastal wetlands not already included in the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Phase 1 project and moderate the encroachment of saline conditions into these areas anticipated with sea level rise.

3. Progress towards restoration of ecological and hydrological connectivity in the landside areas of the Model Lands, Southern Glades, eastern Panhandle of ENP, and Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands: Increase spatial extent of these restored natural areas and increase freshwater sheet flow and related patterns of hydroperiod between Model Lands, Southern Glades, ENP and Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands.

4. Increase ecological resiliency of coastal vegetation habitats in southeastern Miami-Dade County, including restoration of soils that help to resist sea level rise encroachment and effects.

Upcoming Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meetings

The Project Delivery Team (PDT) members include only the federal officials and elected officers of state, local or tribal governments or their designated employees with authority to act on their behalf acting in their official capacities.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the government agency PDT meeting and provide comment during designated periods.


Upcoming BBSEER Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting Dates:

Wednesday, August 4, 2021- BBSEER PDT (RESCHEDULED TO SEPT 2)

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – BBSEER PDT

Wednesday, November 3, 2021– BBSEER PDT

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – BBSEER PDT

BBSEER Ecological Performance Metrics Workshop - July 8, 2021

BBSEER Ecological Restoration Science Workshop on Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The interagency team of scientists developing performance metrics for BBSEER invite you to a collaborative discussion workshop. Ecological Restoration Science Workshop Objectives include:

  1. Increase Project Delivery Team and public understanding of how performance measures will be applied in BBSEER.
  2. Provide an overview of performance measures that have specifically been developed to  compare and evaluate alternative plans for BBSEER.
  3. Solicit feedback from the Project Delivery Team and the public on BBSEER performance measures.

BBSEER Ecological Restoration Science Workshop – July 8, 2021
Thursday, July 8, 2021 8 a.m. -12 p.m.
https://usace1.webex.com/meet/april.n.patterson
Call In:  844-800-2712 Access Code: 199 320 6340# #

BBSEER Sea Level Change and Modeling Workshop - May 26, 2021

BBSEER Sea Level Change and Modeling Workshop
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
https://usace1.webex.com/meet/april.n.patterson
Call In:  844-800-2712 Access Code: 199 320 6340# #

Purpose: 

  • Share the BBSEER Strategy for Evaluating Sea Level Change,
  • Welcome questions, information, and examples from experts working in the climate and sea level change space and learn about local efforts for resilience and climate preparedness.

Agenda:
The following topics will be presented for discussion and comment during the workshop:

BBSEER SLC Strategy

  • NOAA Tide Gauge Selection
  • USACE Sea Level Change Curves
  • Gulf Stream/Florida Current
  • Existing Conditions Baseline
  • Future Without Project with Sea Level Change
  • BBSEER Sea Level Change Formulation Considerations: Adaptability, Measures, and Pilot Studies

Modeling Strategy

  • Coastal Structures, Level of Service
  • Existing Conditions
  • Project Assumptions & Modeling Assumptions

BBSER Virtual PDT Meeting Friday, April 9, 2021

BBSEER Virtual PDT Meeting Friday April 9, 2021

Please join the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Restoration Project for a Virtual Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Meeting Instructions:

  • This will be a virtual meeting. Unless you are calling in only and will not be viewing the virtual meeting, please sign in on the virtual meeting website first and, when prompted, select the audio connection “Call Me” option. This will allow the meeting to call you directly and may operate better than if you opt to dial in.
     
  • At the beginning of the meeting, please sign in via chat and include your first and last name, agency or group affiliation if applicable, and email. PDT members should also include the PDT designation.
     
  • Please mute your phone unless you are speaking, and do not put the call on hold.
     
  • PDT members should provide their full name and the agency or group that they represent when speaking.
     
  • Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments during the specified public comment periods.

    BBSEER PDT Meeting, Friday, April 9, 2021 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    WebEx Login: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/April.N.Patterson
    Meeting Number: 199 320 6340
    Call-in toll-free number: 844-800-2712
    Call-in number (ATT Audio): 669-234-1177
    Access Code: 199 320 6340

    TENTATIVE AGENDA

  • Public Engagement Opportunities
  • Objectives and Ecological Performance Measures
  • Sea Level Change Strategy – Brief Overview
  • Plan Formulation strategy
  • Initial Alternatives
  • Schedule

BBSEER Virtual PDT Meeting Friday Jan. 29, 2021

Please join the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Restoration Project for a Virtual Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. 

View the January 29 PDT Meeting Presentation

Note: large files will take a few minutes to open

Meeting Instructions: 

  • This will be a virtual meeting. Unless you are calling in only and will not be viewing the virtual meeting, please sign in on the virtual meeting website first and, when prompted, select the audio connection “Call Me” option. This will allow the meeting to call you directly and may operate better than if you opt to dial in.
  • At the beginning of the meeting, please sign in via chat and include your first and last name, agency or group affiliation if applicable, and email. PDT members should also include the PDT designation.
  • Please mute your phone unless you are speaking, and do not put the call on hold.
  • PDT members should provide their full name and the agency or group that they represent when speaking.
  • Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments during the specified public comment periods.

Webex Login: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/April.N.Patterson

Meeting Number:  199 320 6340
Call-in toll-free number: 844-800-2712
Call-in number (ATT Audio):  669-234-1177
Access Code: 199 320 6340

TENTATIVE AGENDA

BBSEER PDT Meeting Outline
January 29, 2021
8:30 to 10 a.m.

Webinar and Call In Information:
Webex Login: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/April.N.Patterson
Meeting Number: 199 320 6340
Call-in toll-free number: 844-800-2712
Call-in number (ATT Audio): 669-234-1177
Access Code: 199 320 6340

  1. Welcome and Overview of BBSEER Meetings Oct-Dec 2020 (Marie Huber) (5 min)
  2. Project Overview (Brad Foster) (10 min.)
    1. CERP vision
    2. Study area
    3. YB features
    4. POOC
  3. Ecological Considerations (Robert Kirby) (10 min)
    1. Nearshore Salinity Performance Measures
    2. Freshwater Marsh Performance Measures
  4. Planning Strategy and Initial Measures (Brad Foster)  (10 min)
    1. Flowchart of planning strategy
    2. Initial Management Measures
  5. Modeling Strategy (Drew) (10 min.)
    1. Modeling Flowchart
    2. Modeling Schedule
    3. ECB and FWO Assumptions
  6. Sub-Team Updates (Sub-Team leads) (20 min)
    1. Climate change
    2. Water quality
    3. Real estate
    4. Engineering
    5. Water supply/Flood protection
  7. Project Schedule (April) (5 min.)
    1. ~4.5-year version
    2. Future meetings
  8. Public Comment (5 min.)

South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force BBSEER Workshop

Save the date for the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Sponsored Public Engagement Workshop on the Biscayne Bay Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) project.

 
The virtual workshop will be hosted by the Working Group on November 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. using Zoom.  Register in advance for this webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZAr2mNerQWWgaNZ75JNn0Q

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
 

Additional Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Workshop information, including the agenda, livestream, minutes, presentations and more, will be available at: https://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/content/bbseer/bbseerm/

 

BBSEER Charettes Oct. 14 and 16 2020

You are invited to the first Charrette for the new Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) study, Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER).

This charrette will take place over two separate days, from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. The tentative agenda items for both days are included below.

Part I Agenda Items, 14 October:

  1. Future Without Project Description
  2. Problems and Opportunities
  3. Objectives and Constraints
  4. Significant Uncertainties
  5. What Questions We Need to Answer

Part II Agenda Items, 16 October:

  1. Propose Management Measures
  2. Initial Alternative Project Plans

UPDATED INFO
Virtual meeting audio/video call-in information is provided below.

Join web meeting:
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Access code: 4672350
Security code: 1234
Call in:1-888-684-8852

Additional Meeting Information:

This will be a virtual meeting.

Unless you are calling in only and will not be viewing the virtual meeting, please sign in on the virtual meeting website first and, when prompted, select the audio connection “Call Me” option. This will allow the meeting to call you directly and may operate better than if you opt to dial in.

Please remember to mute your phone during the meeting and to use *6 to unmute.

At the beginning of the meeting, please sign in via chat and include your first and last name, agency or group affiliation if applicable, and email. PDT members should also include the PDT designation.

During the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are speaking, and do not put the call on hold.

PDT members should provide their full name and the agency or group that they represent when speaking.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments during the specified public comment periods.

BBSEER Science Workshop Oct. 1 8-4

Thanks for participating in our science workshop.

 For those unfamiliar with webex, please use the “Call me” feature in webex. 

Due to the large number of participants and potential for background noise, we will be placing the call in “listen-only” mode.  The *6 feature on your dial pad will unmute your phone allowing for you to speak.  I will remind everyone during the meeting of the *6 feature.

Please cut and paste this link in to your browser:

https://usace.webex.com/meet/robert.j.kirby

Or enter the meeting number in your webex desktop application:

968267778

 Or

 Join by phone

1-8883634735 Call-in toll-free number (ATT Audio Conference)

1-2154463657 Call-in number (ATT Audio Conference)

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If a security code is requested, use 1234

Biscayne Bay Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER)

Science Workshop Agenda

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

Locationhttps://usace.webex.cm/meet/robert.j.kirby   1-888-363-4735    Access code 5311552; security code if requested is 1234

Time: 8 AM – 4PM

Meeting Purpose:

  • Confirm that the current list of ecological metrics is appropriate to meet the BBSEER objectives.  If appropriate identify additional metrics.
  • Identify hydrologic and salinity target or target ranges to meet desired conditions for marshes, mangrove areas, nearshore areas and seagrass areas.
  • Identify means and methods of predicting ecological benefits under differing BBSEER management scenarios that can be used in plan formulation.
  • Regulatory agencies tell us what they need to fulfill their review/regulatory requirements (Miami-Dade and others)

     

    Meeting Products:

    Comprehensive list of metrics that addresses BBSEER objectives.

  • Consensus on targets or ranges for each metric in number 1.
  • Agreed upon means and methods of predicting benefits under differing management measure scenarios for each metric that can be used in plan formulation.
  • Commitment from agencies to advise Corps about what data analysis, surveys, and monitoring reports will be needed for permit compliance purposes and to provide any info helpful to the study.

     

Preparation needed prior to meeting: Familiarity with current metric list and PM’s (included in email invitation), prepare your own list of what you think needs to be addressed, regulatory agencies identify information/analysis needed in order to comply with state local regulatory requirements.

Proposed Schedule

8-815
Robert Kirby
meeting protocols and procedures

815-9
Introductions to BBSEER- Angela Dunn
Purpose of the workshop-Robert Kirby

BBSEER Project overview and objectives

Performance measures (what do we mean by PMs and how are they used).  Andy LoSchiavo.

RECOVER as it relates to BBSEER Performance Measures. Mike Simmons.

900- 930
Nearshore Salinity and Habitat indices.
Joe Serafy Ph.D.  NOAA NMFS

930-945
Discussion

9:45-10:15
Vision of nearshore salinity for Biscayne National Park
Dr. Melody Hunt, Ph.D.   NPS

1015-1030
Technical discussion/questions


1030-11
Erik Stabenau Ph.D.  NPS
Mission/vision for the BBSM model

11-1130
discussion

1130-12 public input regarding nearshore salinity

12-100 – Lunch

1-1:15
Freshwater marsh porewater salinity
Chris Madden, Ph.D.
SFWMD

115-130–
Freshwater coastal wetland marsh habitat hydroperiods and water depths

130-145 –
Invasive and nuisance plants
DERM

200-230
Direct Canal Releases
Anna Wachnicka, Ph.D.
Lead Scientist
Applied Science Bureau
South Florida Water Management District

230-300 –
Identify what regulatory requirements and data analyses are needed by regulatory agencies

300-330 – Summary of Performance measures and next steps

330-400 public input on metrics discussed comment

BBSEER Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meetings

Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration - New Study

Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meetings

The Project Delivery Team (PDT) members include only the federal officials and elected officers of state, local or tribal governments or their designated employees with authority to act on their behalf acting in their official capacities.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the government agency PDT meeting and provide comment during designated periods.


Initial BBSEER Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting (Virtual)
Friday, September 25, 2020 9 a.m. -12  p.m. 

Please mute your phone unless you are speaking, and do not put the call on hold.


This will be a virtual meeting. Unless you are calling in only and will not be viewing the virtual meeting, please sign in on the virtual meeting website first and, when prompted, select the audio connection “Call Me” option. This will allow the meeting to call you directly and may operate better than if you opt to dial in.

At the beginning of the meeting, please sign in via chat and include your first and last name, agency or group affiliation if applicable, and email. PDT members should also include the PDT designation.

Please mute your phone unless you are speaking, and do not put the call on hold.

PDT members should provide their full name and the agency or group that they represent when speaking.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments during the specified public comment periods.

Virtual Meeting Call-in Information:

Website:  https://usace.webex.com/meet/marie.l.huber

Call-in toll-free number:  1-866-390-1828

Access Code:  3254287

Security Code if requested:  1234

View the BBSEER Project Management Plan (PMP).

Initial BBSEER PDT Agenda

This will be a virtual meeting. Unless you are calling in only and will not be viewing the virtual meeting, please sign in on the virtual meeting website first and, when prompted, select the audio connection “Call Me” option. This will allow the meeting to call you directly and may operate better than if you opt to dial in.

At the beginning of the meeting, please sign in via chat and include your first and last name, agency or group affiliation if applicable, and email. PDT members should also include the PDT designation.

Please mute your phone unless you are speaking, and do not put the call on hold.

PDT members should provide their full name and the agency or group that they represent when speaking.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide comments during the specified public comment periods.

1. Introduction (10 min) 9:00 – 9:10
Marie Huber/Mindy Parrott
Sign-in, FACA statement, meeting protocols and procedures, review agenda.

2. Project Overview and Scope (15 min) 9:10 – 9:25
Marie Huber/Mindy Parrott
Phase 2 of BBCW and C-111 Spreader Canal East (C-111 SCE); locations for benefits; project area; describe existing CERP projects in the study area.

3. Corps SMART Planning Process
(25 min) 9:25 – 9:50
Brad Foster
Review and/or introduction to Corps of Engineers planning process, time for discussion.

4. Study Steps and Timeline (20 min) 9:50-10:10
Brad Foster
High level description of study steps and timeline.

5. Public Comments (10 min) 10:10 – 10:20
Marie Huber
Break (10 min) 10:20 – 10:30

6. Subteams and Their Roles and Responsibilities (30 min) 10:30 – 11:00 
Team Leads
Introduce eight subteams, request subteam participation.

7. Project Meetings, Their Purposes and Frequencies, and Communications (5 min) 11:00 – 11:05
Mindy Parrott

8. Next Steps (5 min) 11:05 – 11:10
Mindy Parrott

9. Team Member Comment and Discussion (10 Min) 11:10 – 11:20
Mindy Parrott

11. Public Comments (10 min) 11:20 – 11:30
Marie Huber

12. Adjourn

 

BBSEER Public Scoping Meetings and Comment Period

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces two public scoping meetings and the opening of the public scoping comment period for the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project. Public scoping comments are due October 1, 2020.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the initial scoping phase of the preparation of an integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document for the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project, part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is the non-federal sponsor of this project.

The BBSEER Project is focused on formulating plans to restore parts of the south Florida ecosystem in freshwater wetlands of the Southern Glades and Model Lands, the coastal wetlands and subtidal areas, including mangrove and seagrass areas, of Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park, Manatee Bay, Card Sound and Barnes Sound. These areas have been affected by over-drainage and by damaging freshwater releases from canals, such as the C-111 Canal.

The Corps invites the participation of federal, state and local agencies, Native American Tribes, interested parties and individuals to provide comments and to identify any issues or concerns during this public scoping period.

Please submit scoping comments BBSEERComments@usace.army.mil by October 1, 2020. All scoping comments should include “BBSEER Scoping Comments” in the subject line.

The Corps will host two BBSEER virtual public scoping meetings, and pre-registration in advance is required for each meeting.

WATCH THE VIDEO from the Sept. 15, 2020 BBSEER Public Scoping Meeting

WATCH THE VIDEO from the Sept. 16, 2020 BBSEER Public Scoping Meeting

View the presentation from the Sept. 15 and 16, 2020 Virtual Public Scoping Meeting
note: large file may take a few minutes to open

BBSEER Virtual Public Scoping Meeting
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Register at this link:
https://ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=832434 UPDATED LINK!

BBSEER Virtual Public Scoping Meeting
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:
Register at this link:
https://ems8.intellor.com?do=register&t=1&p=832437 UPDATED LINK!

Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Restoration (BBSEER)

The Biscayne Bay Southeastern Everglades Restoration (BBSEER) Project, a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), that seeks to protect and restore the remaining Everglades ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs in the region, is being undertaken in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District.   

The construction of roads, railways and ditches, along with the connection of the South Dade Conveyance System to the sea through the C-111 canal, dramatically altered the distribution of freshwater across the landscape of Southeastern Florida. These man-made barriers and drainage features starved some areas of freshwater and increased the supply to others converting what was a healthy productive aquatic ecosystem into a distressed environment. 

The purpose of the BBSEER project will be to improve the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of freshwater to estuarine and nearshore subtidal areas, including mangrove and seagrass areas, of Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park, Card Sound, Barnes Sound and Manatee Bay.  This project will also seek to improve hydroperiods and freshwater marsh habitat in the Model Lands and Southern Glades, to re-establish hydrological and ecological connectivity between these areas and to improve the resiliency of these important marsh and coastal habitats to future sea level change.

Implementation of the project will provide multiple benefits to the aquatic environment including improved habitat for juvenile and prey-fish species, improved conditions for recreationally and commercially important aquatic species and fish and improved habitat for wading birds that were once common in this area prior to extensive drainage, all while maintaining the current level of flood protection.

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