US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

Sewell ParkThe Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study will examine the impacts of and potential responses to storm-surge damage in Miami-Dade County. The study area includes the coastal and inland areas of Miami-Dade County that are at risk from coastal-storm flooding and sea-level rise. This study will not address barrier island beach projects (Miami Beach, for example) that are undergoing a separate and concurrent study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The study will examine current and future strategies and measures to address these coastal risks. It will evaluate current studies, scientific consensus, guidelines and design standards to recommend a project that increases resilience for infrastructure systems and the built environment. Analyses will include assessments of engineering feasibility, costs, economic benefits, and impacts to the environment and local communities.
Supplemental funding will allow the Corps of Engineers to complete a three-year feasibility study that evaluates measures for coastal-storm risk management, sea-level rise and chronic back-bay flooding issues for Miami-Dade County.

The federal funding for this study is $3 million.

NEPA scoping meeting and public comment

"Scoping" is the NEPA process step in which the public is invited to participate in identifying issues, alternatives and potentially significant effects to be considered in the analysis. This helps the Corps identify and eliminate issues within the detailed study that are not significant or have been covered by prior environmental review.

Scoping meeting

Community members and stakeholders heard more about the Miami-Dade County Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study and Miami-Dade County CSRM Feasibility Study and provided input at a combined National Environmental Policy Act Public Scoping Meeting on Dec. 5, 2018. It took place at the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management.

The open house included informational poster boards and a presentation by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel from Jacksonville and Norfolk districts. Staff from both project teams answered questions and received written comments from the public.

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received disaster funds provided in Public Law 115-123, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The act provides nearly $17.4 billion to the Corps for disaster recovery. Jacksonville District received $3.35 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding goes toward 13 studies and 22 projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events. So far, the total federal funding allocation for Jacksonville District recovery efforts exceeds $4 billion.


Alternatives eyed at public meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Miami-Dade County, the nonfederal sponsor, held an informational public meeting Sept. 10 on the Miami-Dade County Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. It took place in the North Shore Park & Youth Center at 501 72nd St., Miami Beach, FL 33141.

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 Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, go to Google Chrome is best for full functionality).

For more information about the study, contact Alicia Logalbo of USACE Norfolk District at or 757-201-7210. The mailing address is: Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Alicia Logalbo, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510. 

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