Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) System Section 216 Flood Resiliency Study

Map showing the project area where the C&SF Section 216 Resiliency Study will take place. The focus of the study will be on the high-risk urban watersheds in Southeast Florida.  •	C&SF system resiliency in the highest risk areas in Lower East Coast – Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade countiesThe Jacksonville District and its non-federal sponsor partner at the South Florida Water Management District began a flood risk management (FRM) study initiated under the authority of Section 216 of the Flood Control Act of 1970 within the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project.

The purpose of the study is to identify the need to provide continued flood risk management to reduce the most immediate risk to the C&SF Project due to changing conditions including climate change, sea level change, land development, and population growth in the lower east coast of Florida in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. FRM measures to be evaluated may include a combination of structural, non-structural, natural, and nature-based features.

The C&SF Project is a large, multipurpose water resources project initially authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1948 for the purposes of flood protection for urban and agricultural areas, water supply for agricultural, municipal, industrial, and ecosystem uses and to prevent saltwater intrusion risks to the coastal water supply.

The key infrastructure of the system includes approximately 2,200 miles of canals, 2,100 miles of levees/berms, 84 pump stations, and 778 water control structures and this regional system serves a population of approximately nine million residents. The need for this FRM study is driven by increased development of land and associated population growth, extreme rainfall events, and sea level rise trends that have substantially decreased the performance of the C&SF Project as initially authorized and designed over 70 years ago.

The study focus will include reducing flood risk and increasing flood resiliency in high-risk urban watersheds in southeast Florida (Figure 1), while looking to enhance the overall benefits of the multipurpose C&SF Project.

Scheduled Meetings

Planning Charrette Meetings Jan. 11-12, 2023:

The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will hold a two-day planning charrette meeting for the Central and South Florida (C&SF) Flood Resiliency Study Jan. 11-12 in Fort Lauderdale. Both meetings are open to the public and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Virtual:
Online at - https://usace1.webex.com/meet/zulamet.z.vega-liriano
or by phone at
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Access code: 199 148 6470

In Person:
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center
Room 422 (Commission Chambers)
115 S Andrews Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Museum of Discovery and Science
Learning Labs (2nd Floor)
401 SW Second Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Agenda:

Day 1

Welcome, opening remarks and housekeeping items 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Morning Session
1.0 C&SF System and C&SF Flood Resiliency Study Overview
1.1 Integration Overview
1.2 Flood Risk Management Overview
2.0 Planning Process
2.1 County and Tribal Governments: challenges, issues, current efforts and
desired outcomes in the area
2.2 C&SF System Challenge – South Florida Water Management District
3.0 Study Vision
 
9:45 – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon Session
4.0 Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Constraints
12:45 – 3:20 p.m.
Wrap up 3:20 – 3:30 p.m.


Day 2

Recap: Problems, Opportunities, Objectives & Constraints 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Morning Session
5.0 Forecasting the Future
6.0 Formulating Flood Risk Management (FRM) Measures
6.1 Natural and Nature-Based Measures
6.2 Breakout session to formulate FRM measures

10:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Afternoon Session
7.0 The Evaluation Process
8.0 Alternatives
12:45 – 3:20 p.m.
Wrap up 3:20 – 3:30 p.m.


Scoping Meetings Nov. 28, 2022:

USACE invites the participation of Federal and state agencies, Native American Tribes, local agencies, and interested stakeholders in providing comments and identifying any issues or concerns. Two virtual Public NEPA Scoping Meetings will be held on Nov. 28. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the second will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will include a short presentation about the study and the NEPA process, followed by a comment period to receive feedback on the flood risk problems, including what is important to stakeholders when we look at the problems and potential solutions.

The meetings will be identical and are open to all who are interested. Participants can join using the following WebEx log-in information:

Nov. 28, 2022
9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
WebEx: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/zulamet.z.vega-liriano
Join by phone at:
+1-844-800-2712 US Toll Free=
+1-669-234-1177 US Toll
Access code: 199 148 6470

NEPA Scoping Presentation, November 28, 2022 

South Florida Water Management Workshops Oct 26-27, 2022:

Public Workshop #1 about the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Flood Resiliency Study
Oct. 26 at 5 p.m.

Public Workshop #2 about the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Flood Resiliency Study
Oct. 27, at 4 p.m.

Project Quick Facts

NEPA Scoping Public Comment due Dec. 7, 2022

The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with the non-Federal Sponsor, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) are preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document for a proposed flood risk management study initiated under the authority of Section 216 of the Flood Control Act of 1970 within the Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project.

The purpose of the study is to identify and evaluate alternatives for the Central and Southern Florida Project to provide continued and improved flood risk management to reduce the most immediate risk due to changing conditions, including climate change, sea level change, land development, and population growth in the lower east coast of Florida in the tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties.

USACE invites the participation of Federal and state agencies, Native American Tribes, local agencies, and interested stakeholders in providing comments and identifying any issues or concerns. Two virtual Public NEPA Scoping Meetings will be held on Monday, November 28. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the second will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will include a short presentation about the study and the NEPA process, followed by a comment period to receive feedback on the flood risk problems, including what is important to stakeholders when we look at the problems and potential solutions.

The meetings will be identical and are open to all who are interested. Participants can join using the following WebEx log-in information:

Two Virtual NEPA Scoping Meetings
Monday November 28, 2022
9 to 11 a.m.
and
6 to 8 p.m.

WebEx: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/zulamet.z.vega-liriano
Join by phone at:
+1-844-800-2712 US Toll Free=
+1-669-234-1177 US Toll
Access code: 199 148 6470

Please submit NEPA Scoping comments by Wednesday, December 7, 2022 via e-mail at CSFFRSComments@usace.army.mil (suggested subject: CSFFRS Scoping Comments) or in writing at the following address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District
ATTN: Mr. Richard Skinker
701 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida, 32207-8175

The NEPA Scoping comment period is being extended through Wednesday December 7, 2022,