The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces a two-part Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting for the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project Study on Thursday, September 2, 2021.
“The purpose of this Project Delivery Team Meeting is to develop alternative plans that store freshwater for use during the dry season, convey multiple sources of freshwater, and restore timing and distribution of freshwater to natural areas such as Biscayne Bay and the Southeastern Everglades,” said April Patterson, BBSEER Senior Project Manager. “We appreciate the continued engagement of the Project Delivery Team, stakeholders and members of the public during the planning phase of this complex project. Your participation during our extended meetings and workshops, your input, local knowledge, expertise and shared data are absolutely critical to the development and success of this project.”
BBSEER Virtual PDT Meetings Thursday September 2, 2021 (morning and afternoon sessions)
Please join the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Restoration Project for a two-part Virtual Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting with a morning session on Thursday, September 2, 2021, from 8:30to 11:30 a.m. AND an afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- 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 Virtual PDT Meeting
Morning Session: Thursday September 2, 2021, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon Session: Thursday September 2, 2021, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WebEx Login: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/April.N.Patterson
Call-in toll-free number: 844-800-2712
Access Code: 199 320 6340##
Morning Session: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Share Meeting Purposes
- Review Project Objectives and Plan Formulation Strategy
- Review Management Measures
a. Description of Screening Process (Q&A, including public comment)
b. Google Earth map of locations
Afternoon Session: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1. Initial Array of Alternatives
a. Examples of alternatives – from planning charrette to now
b. Short Presentations of some Alternatives
c. Discussion in Breakout Groups (4-8 groups including Public)
i. Discuss measures/alternatives
ii. Consider new combinations of measures/alternatives
1. Share Map of Measures (Facilitated with KMZ-loaded Google Earth) – live edits in Google Earth or in PPT separately
iii. Report Back to the Group and Discussion (including Public Comment)
2. Next Steps and Closing Comments
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in the planning phase for the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project, an important part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is our partner as the non-federal sponsor for this project.
The BBSEER Study 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 large-volume freshwater releases from canals, such as the C-111 Canal. As part of the study, the USACE will publish information in a Draft Integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document.
To meet BBSEER objectives, this study will identify, consider, and assess a comprehensive list of features and operational changes. The features and operational changes may include, but are not limited to, canal plugs and backfilling, structure removal, conveyance features, stormwater treatment areas, reservoir and storage areas, seepage capture, treated wastewater, new levees or berms and controlled burns. During the study, additional measures may be added, and project locations and dimensions will be specified in the draft integrated PIR/NEPA document.
Similar to other CERP studies where multiple components are combined into one planning effort and Project Implementation Report, the BBSEER Study will also include more than one CERP component. The BBSEER Study will begin with six CERP components identified in the 1999 study known as the “Restudy” or “Yellow Book.” These components include:
- Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands
- Biscayne Bay Coastal Canals
- C-111N Canal Project
- South Miami Dade County Reuse
- West Miami Dade Reuse
- North Lake Belt
For additional information regarding the project, please visit the project webpage www.saj.usace.army.mil/BBSEER
View the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Project (BBSEER) Fact Sheet at https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p16021coll11/id/4899
The Everglades ecosystem encompasses a system of diverse wetland landscapes that are hydrologically and ecologically connected across more than 200 miles from north to south, and across 18,000 square miles of southern Florida. In 2000, the U.S. Congress authorized the federal government, in partnership with the state of Florida, to embark upon a multi-decade, multi-billion-dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to further protect and restore the remaining Everglades ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region.
The BBSEER Study is the first CERP Study to incorporate the evaluation of sea level change early in the planning process and is the next important step for CERP.