MIAMI – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District and Miami-Dade County, its non-federal sponsor, will host a charrette Nov. 14-18, including a public meeting Monday, Nov. 14, for the reinitiation of the Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study.
The Nov. 14 meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 3, 2nd floor, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. The weeklong charrette schedule is on the county calendar at https://www.miamidade.gov/global/calendar/global.page.
“The reinitiation of the Back Bay study is a huge win for Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “If we are going to safeguard our coasts, protect the Everglades, and remain a resilient and safe community, we must develop a workable plan to protect urban areas of the county from more intense and frequent storm surge.
“In partnership with the Army Corps, Miami-Dade intends to work with our municipalities, community members and all stakeholders to solicit public participation and feedback, and we will work to include nature-based solutions into this milestone project,” she said.
The primary goal of the charrette is to work with stakeholders, agencies and the public to adapt and refine the 2021 Recommended Plan that resulted from the original feasibility study into an alternative that is determined to be economically justified, engineeringly feasible, and environmentally and socially acceptable.
“Our goal is to maximize public participation and community engagement in the alternative formulation process,” said Michelle Hamor, chief of planning and policy branch at USACE Norfolk District. “The public is invited to learn more about the study during the public meeting as well as ask questions and engage with staff during the open house visuals.”
The Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study examines the impacts of and potential responses to storm surge damage in Miami-Dade County. The study area includes coastal and inland areas at risk from coastal storm flooding and sea level rise.
The public is encouraged to submit comments in any of several ways:
To learn more about the study visit https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/MiamiDadeBackBayCSRMFeasibilityStudy/