JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District announces a Sea Level Change and Modeling Workshop for the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project Study on Wednesday, May 26.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in the planning phase for the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (BBSEER) Project, an important part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is our partner as the non-federal sponsor for this project.
The BBSEER Study is focused on formulating plans to restore parts of the south Florida ecosystem in freshwater wetlands of the Southern Glades and Model Lands, the coastal wetlands and subtidal areas, including mangrove and seagrass areas, of Biscayne Bay, Biscayne National Park, Manatee Bay, Card Sound and Barnes Sound. These areas have been affected by over-drainage and by large-volume freshwater releases from canals, such as the C-111 Canal. As part of the study, the USACE will publish information in a Draft Integrated Project Implementation Report (PIR) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document.
Please join us for the BBSEER Sea Level Change and Modeling Virtual Workshop on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon.
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BBSEER Sea Level Change and Modeling Workshop - May 26, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9 a.m. to noon
Call In: 844-800-2712 Access Code: 199 320 6340# #
• Share the BBSEER Strategy for Evaluating Sea Level Change
• Welcome questions, information, and examples from experts working in the climate and sea level change space and learn about local efforts for resilience and climate preparedness
• The following topics will be presented for discussion and comment during the workshop:
• BBSEER Sea Level Change (SLC) Strategy
• NOAA Tide Gauge Selection
• USACE Sea Level Change Curves
• Gulf Stream/Florida Current
• Existing Conditions Baseline
• Future Without Project with Sea Level Change
• BBSEER Sea Level Change Formulation Considerations: Adaptability, Measures, and Pilot Studies
• Coastal Structures, Level of Service
• Existing Conditions
• Project Assumptions & Modeling Assumptions
To meet BBSEER objectives, this study will identify, consider, and assess a comprehensive list of features and operational changes. The features and operational changes may include, but are not limited to, canal plugs and backfilling, structure removal, conveyance features, stormwater treatment areas, reservoir and storage areas, seepage capture, treated wastewater, new levees or berms and controlled burns. During the study, additional measures may be added, and project locations and dimensions will be specified in the draft integrated PIR/NEPA document.
Similar to other CERP studies where multiple components are combined into one planning effort and Project Implementation Report, the BBSEER Study will also include more than one CERP component. The BBSEER Study will begin with six CERP components identified in the 1999 study known as the “Restudy” or “Yellow Book.” These components include:
• Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands
• Biscayne Bay Coastal Canals
• C-111N Canal Project
• South Miami Dade County Reuse
• West Miami Dade Reuse
• North Lake Belt
For additional information regarding the project, please visit the project webpage www.saj.usace.army.mil/BBSEER
View the Biscayne Bay and Southeastern Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Project (BBSEER) Fact Sheet at https://usace.contentdm.oclc.org/utils/getfile/collection/p16021coll11/id/4899
The Everglades ecosystem encompasses a system of diverse wetland landscapes that are hydrologically and ecologically connected across more than 200 miles from north to south, and across 18,000 square miles of southern Florida. In 2000, the U.S. Congress authorized the federal government, in partnership with the state of Florida, to embark upon a multi-decade, multi-billion dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) to further protect and restore the remaining Everglades ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region.
The BBSEER Study is the first CERP Study to incorporate the evaluation of sea level change early in the planning process and is the next important step for CERP.