Want a 35 ft high wall along the Brickell waterfront? Neither do we. Comment now!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a $4.6 billion investment to address storm surge risk in our region. This proposal, called the "Back Bay Study," proposes a range of "grey" infrastructure options like seawalls and flood gates, but largely leaves out nature-based solutions like mangrove and restoration and living shorelines. You can read the full proposal HERE.
Flooding in downtown Miami after a King Tide -- grey infrastructure, such as seawalls, are often made of concrete. (Source: Weather.com)
What to Say
- This study presents an opportunity to invest billions into resilience-building for Miami.
- I am concerned that this proposal does not adequately consider routine flooding, environmental justice, or nature-based solutions like mangrove or coral reef restoration.
- I want a plan that benefits the environment and our community while reducing storm surge risk.
- Please include fortifications for our wastewater treatment plants, septic to sewer conversion for Little River and Arch Creek, stormwater retention and filtration, coral restoration, and living shorelines in your proposed plan.
- Please leverage existing, community-based resiliency plans, such as Resilient305 and others.
- Add in any of these Talking Points to customize the below email comment!
Sample Comment - Just Copy & Paste!
Send the comment below to MDBB-CSRMStudy@usace.army.mil before August 19!
SUBJECT: Public Comment Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study
Dear Ms. Conner:
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Back Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. This study represents a significant and important occasion to address the large investments necessary to address storm surge and other climate change-related risks to the Miami-Dade community.
However, this proposal largely omits investments in nature and nature-based investments that are supported by the community, and which would provide multiple bottom-line benefits to our community and environment. It also misses clear opportunities for risk minimization by omitting sewage treatment plants and other critical infrastructure from the proposal. Further, it proposes unacceptable environmental harm, particularly to Biscayne Bay, and threatens to make routine flooding from sea level rise worse through structural improvements. Many stakeholder-led initiatives, such as Resilient305, have identified strategies for reducing storm surge risk. We recommend that the Army Corps utilizes the solutions that have been vetted by the community, stakeholders, and experts.
There are significant equity concerns raised by this proposal. The proposal, as written, would disrupt communities with flood barriers - creating "winners" and "losers." Furthermore, the cost-benefit analysis favors investments in higher property value areas, which leaves under-resourced communities without crucial storm risk assistance.
We ask this proposal be modified to focus on:
- Nature and nature-based features like living shorelines and coral restoration
- Fortification of critical infrastructure such as water and wastewater treatment plants
- Septic to sewer conversion as a pollution prevention and resiliency measure
- Investment in under-resourced communities
- Manage stormwater through filtration and retention-focused projects
Thank you for your consideration,
How to Submit Your Comment
You can make your public comment in the following ways before August 19:
- Online by clicking HERE
- By email addressed to MDBB-CSRMStudy@usace.army.mil
- By mail sent to Ms. Justine Woodard, Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Fort Norfolk, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510.
- Please also send your comments to the County Commission by emailing them to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Only formal written comments will be taken into consideration by the Army Corps.*
For more detailed information, please see below for Miami Waterkeeper's comments on the Back Bay Study.