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Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

Sewell ParkThe Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) 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 the barrier island beach projects (e.g. Miami Beach) which are undergoing a separate and concurrent study with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The study will examine current and future strategies and measures to address these coastal risks. The study 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 step in the NEPA process when 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 from detailed study issues that are not significant or that have been covered by prior environmental review.

Scoping Meeting

Members of the public and stakeholders are invited to learn more about the projects and provide input to both teams at the combined NEPA Public Scoping Meeting. The format of the meeting will be an open-house that will include informational poster boards and a presentation beginning at 4:30 p.m. The public can attend any time during the meeting hours (4 to 7 p.m.) and staff from both project teams will be available to answer questions and receive written comments from the public.

Combined NEPA Public Scoping Meeting
Miami-Dade County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study and Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
4 to 7 p.m. December 5, 2018
Miami Dade County Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) Training Room
701 NW 1st Court
Miami, FL 33136
** The site has MetroRail access and public parking across the street from the meeting location.


Please Submit Scoping Comments by Wednesday, January 9, 2019

to Carissa.R.Agnese@usace.army.mil
or by mail:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510-1096
ATTN: Carissa Agnese, Biologist

The 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 $3.348 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area of responsibility, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding will go towards 13 studies and 22 projects that will reduce risk to communities damaged by storm events. The total Federal funding allocation for Jacksonville District recovery efforts so far exceeds $4 billion.

Contact Information

561-340-1527