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Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

The Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study area is located on the lower west coast of Florida, about 120 miles south of the entrance to Tampa Bay and about 100 miles north of Key West.  Naples is the largest city located along the shoreline in the county.  There is also a dense population of people that require more time and assistance for evacuation, concerns for critical structures, and evacuation route protection.

Supplemental funding will allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a planning feasibility study within three years. The Federal cost for this study is $3 million.

With a significant portion of the population and economic activity in coastal areas, the Corps is helping local communities identify issues and find solutions to address increasing risk.

Study kicks off with public scoping to help identify issues (Archive)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formally initiated a scoping process Nov. 20, 2018, for the Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. USACE is the lead federal agency for this study, and Collier County is the nonfederal sponsor. The study authority is Public Law 84-71 dated June 15, 1955, which authorizes an examination and survey of coastal and tidal areas in the eastern and southern United States, with particular reference to locales where severe damage has occurred from hurricanes and tides. The project's purpose is to reduce potential damage caused by coastal storms and improve safety and coastal resiliency in Collier County. 

Potential measures being considered include but are not limited to: structural and nonstructural alternatives such as increased dune height and width, increased berm height and width, a seawall behind the beach, pump stations, breakwater riprap revetments, a ring levee, elevated structures, hurricane evacuation, retreat based on elevation, revised building codes for minimal elevations, buyouts, a comprehensive evacuation plan, revised hurricane-response and emergency-preparedness plans, and natural and nature-based features such as mangrove planting, reefs, vegetative dune planting and living shorelines.

The scoping period began the public process for the generation of a National Environmental Policy Act document to assess the effects of alternatives associated with the Collier County CSRM Feasibility Study. The NEPA document being prepared is an Environmental Impact Statement. Scoping aids in determining an analysis range and any potentially significant issues. This process also helps identify alternatives and information needed to evaluate those options. 

The Corps of Engineers welcomes the public’s views, questions, comments, concerns and suggestions. USACE believes this study will benefit significantly from the public’s involvement. A public NEPA Scoping Meeting took place Dec. 6, 2018, at the Collier County Administrative Building in Naples. The open house featured informational poster boards and interaction with the Corps team. The comment period for the Collier County CSRM Feasibility Study's scoping phase closed Jan. 10, 2019.


Alternatives eyed at public meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Collier County, Florida, the nonfederal sponsor, staged an informational public meeting Sept. 9 on the Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. It was held at the Collier County Administrative Building, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Building F (third floor), Naples, FL 34112.

The meeting's purpose was to provide the public an opportunity to learn more about project alternatives and make comments on the feasibility study. USACE will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives and determine the potential for significant effects.

To submit comments about the Collier County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, go to Google Chrome is best for full functionality).

For more information about the study, contact David Schulte of USACE Norfolk District at or 757-201-7007. The mailing address is: Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: David Schulte, Fort Norfolk, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510. 

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