U.S. Army Corps and Miami-Dade County to host charrette for re-initiation of Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District
Published Nov. 10, 2022

MIAMI – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District and Miami-Dade County, its non-federal sponsor, will host a charrette from November 14 to 18, which will include a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 14 for the re-initiation of the Miami-Dade Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study​.

The public meeting on Monday will take place from 6 to 8 pm at the Miami-Dade College, located at the Wolfson Campus, Building 3, 2nd floor, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. The week-long charrette schedule can be found on the county calendar at https://www.miamidade.gov/global/calendar/global.page.

“The re-initiation 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.”

The primary goal of the charrette is to coordinate with stakeholders, agencies, and the public to adapt and refine the Recommended Plan (2021) 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.

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To learn more about the study visit https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/MiamiDadeBackBayCSRMFeasibilityStudy/.