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San Juan Puerto Rico Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

  

The San Juan Metro Area Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Study will extensively leverage lessons learned, tools, and processes to ultimately produce a recommended plan for hurricane and storm damage reduction to infrastructure along the San Juan Metro Area coastline.  Puerto Rico is one of the most densely populated areas of the United States and, as a result there are quite a few other fairly large towns and cities on the island.  The largest city in Puerto Rico is San Juan, the island’s capital with a population of 395,326.  Another study, the Puerto Rico CSRM, will evaluate other threatened coastal cities.

Supplemental funding will allow the Corps of Engineers to determine if there is Federal interest, and to prepare a feasibility study that evaluates measures and alternatives for coastal storm damage reduction on approximately 10 miles of San Juan Metro Area shoreline.

 The Federal cost for this study is $3 million with a three-year schedule.

Corps hosts pulbic scoping meeting in San Juan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District hosted a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping meeting for the San Juan Metro Area Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Study Nov. 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The purpose of the scoping meeting was to present and discuss the production of a NEPA document for the feasibility study, and to assess the effects of potential alternatives to reduce coastal storm damages to infrastructure along the coastline of the San Juan Metro Area extending from El Morro, San Juan Municipality to Boca De Cangrejos, Carolina Municipality in San Juan. The scoping meeting information exchange will aid in determining the scope of the NEPA analysis and any potentially significant issues. The NEPA process will also identify alternatives and information needed to evaluate alternatives. Alternatives under consideration for the study include:

1.) No action;

2.) Actions such as shoreline revetment, breakwaters, and sand placement, as well as non-structural measures.

The Corps of Engineers welcomes views, questions, comments, concerns and suggestions. The Corps believes this study will benefit significantly from public involvement and encourages participation in the NEPA scoping process.

Letters of comment or inquiry should be sent to Mr. Paul DeMarco via paul.m.demarco@usace.army.mil, or be addressed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division - Environmental Branch, Jacksonville District, 701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207, by Nov. 16.

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.