US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Miami-Dade County Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

Sewell ParkA feasibility study is required to seek a new 50-year authorization as Federal participation ends for the Miami Main segment in 2025 and the Sunny Isles segment in 2038.  The Study will evaluate coastal storm risk measures and structure implementation currently not authorized as part of the Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection (BEC&HP) project.  The Dade County Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project (BEC&HP) as originally authorized provided for the placement of beach fill along the 9.3-mile reach of shoreline extending from Bakers Haulover Inlet to Government Cut and along the 1.4-mile length of Haulover Beach Park located immediately north of Bakers Haulover Inlet. Work on the original project was completed in January 1982 at a total cost of approximately $48 million. The 2.4-mile length of the Sunny Isles segment was added to the project in 1985 under a separate authorization. Construction of Sunny Isles was completed in 1988. In addition, other project-related construction occurred such as modifications to the adjacent navigation jetties at Bakers Haulover Inlet and Government Cut, construction of a series of detached breakwaters at Sunny Isles, and shore-connected breakwaters at Miami Beach.

Supplemental funding will allow Jacksonville District to complete a three-year feasibility study that evaluates a new 50 year life and evaluation of measures for coastal storm risk management for the entire Dade County shoreline.

The Federal cost for this reevaluation 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.

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.