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W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam, located along the Caloosahatchee River, approximately 33 miles upstream of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
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W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam, located along the Caloosahatchee River, approximately 33 miles upstream of the Gulf Intracoastal

What Should the Army Corps of Engineers Fix in Fla.?

Fla. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott sent a letter to the Army Corps that requests funding for Fla. environmental projects. The list includes 70 items with impacts across the state, from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in South Fla. to Pensacola Harbor.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finalizing their Fiscal Year 2020 work plan, to ensure that, “all proposed and ongoing projects in Florida receive full and fair consideration of their value to local communities, our state, and our nation.”

Florida has a lengthy roster of public projects that fall under the Army Corps of Engineers, and its two U.S. senators – Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – sent a letter outlining each one to the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Civil Works.

Overriding goals, the senators said, include “maintaining record progress towards the restoration of Florida’s Everglades through projects like the Central Everglades Planning Project and Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir.”

Projects with “significant momentum towards completion”

  • C&SF Project Flood Control Restudy* – Proposed to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of South Florida’s aging water management infrastructure in concert with concurrent efforts to enhance the region’s water management and resilience, including through CERP, LOSOM, and the South Atlantic Coastal Study.
  • C&SF Upper St. Johns River Basin* – S252 construction repairs and project close out activities
  • Caño Martín Peña, PR – New start required for an urgently needed ecosystem restoration project with flood control benefits.
  • Collier County, Beach Erosion Control*
  • Dade County, Beach Erosion Control and Hurricane Protection Project* – Incorporate Key Biscayne Shore Damage Mitigation, Key Biscayne, as part of this project.
  • Daytona Beach Flood Protection Project*
  • Florida Keys Water Quality Improvements
  • Fort Pierce Beach*
  • Jacksonville Harbor Deepening
  • Jacksonville Harbor, Mile Point, – Payments owed to non-federal sponsor
  • Lee County, Beach Erosion Control*
  • Lido Key, Shore Protection Project*
  • Manatee County Improvements,
  • Miami Back Bay Study*
  • Miami Harbor Channel – Payments owed to non-federal sponsor.
  • Miami Harbor Improvements
  • Monroe County, Shore Protection Project*
  • Okaloosa County, Shore Protection Project*
  • Panama City Harbor
  • Pinellas County, Shore Protection Project*
  • Port Everglades Harbor Deepening, – New start required.
  • Putnam County Comprehensive Water Supply Infrastructure Modernization Project (Palatka)
  • South Atlantic Coastal Study*
  • South Dade Flood Protection Project* – Study, design, and construction of a comprehensive seepage management solution along the boundary of the eastern Everglades to maintain current levels of flood protection service for landowners subjected to a rising water table
  • South Florida Ecosystem Restoration, – To include: Bird Drive Basin Conveyance, Seepage Collection, and Recharge – Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands – Broward County Water Preserve Areas – C-111 South Dade – C-111 Spreader Canal – Central Everglades Planning Project – Indian River Lagoon-South (C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area, C-23/C-24 Reservoirs) – Kissimmee River Restoration – Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration – Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration – Picayune Strand – Western Everglades Restoration
  • St. Augustine Back Bay Study*
  • St. Johns County, Shore Protection Project* – Feasibility study for potential North Ponte Vedra Beach segment
  • Tampa Harbor Improvements, – General Re-evaluation Report to support improved channel navigability and reduce increasing annual O&M needs

*Denotes those projects with expressed feasibility, PED, or construction capabilities in FY20 that could be fulfilled via otherwise unallocated disaster supplemental funds provided by division B, title IV of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 or title IV of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019.

Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) projects critical to local communities

  • Alligator Creek, Starke, (Sec. 205)
  • Big Fishweir Creek, Jacksonville, (Sec. 206)
  • Ft. George Inlet, Jacksonville, (Sec. 111)
  • Lake Toho Restoration, Osceola County, (Sec. 1135)
  • Lake Worth Lagoon, Palm Beach County, (Sec. 1135)
  • Pahokee Restoration, Pahokee, (Sec. 1135)
  • Porpoise Point Shoreline Restoration Project, St. Johns County, (Se. 103)
  • St. Francis Barracks Seawall, St. Augustine, (Sec. 14)

Operation and maintenance funding with legally obligated outstanding payments

  • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway – Includes the Fernandina to St. Johns River, St. Johns River to Miami, and Miami to Key West segments
  • Anclote River, – Project requires immediate restoration of funding for dredging activities lost via emergency reallocation in the aftermath of 2018 disasters.
  • Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, GA, AL & FL
  • Apalachicola Bay
  • Canaveral Harbor
  • Central & Southern Florida
  • East Pass Channel, Destin,
  • Escambia and Conecuh Rivers
  • Fernandina Harbor – Kings Bay
  • Fort Myers Beach
  • Fort Pierce Harbor
  • Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – Includes the Florida portion of the Northern Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Western Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Caloosahatchee River to Anclote River)
  • Inspection of Completed Works
  • Jacksonville Harbor
  • Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, Lake Seminole,, AL & GA – Includes need for shoreline management activities and enhanced aquatic plant control
  • Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual revision
  • Manatee Harbor, – Includes need for reimbursements as directed in Senate Report 116-102 and additional funding for the Port Manatee Dredged Material Disposal Area.
  • Miami Harbor
  • Naples to Big Marco Pass, Collier County
  • Okeechobee Waterway
  • Palm Beach Harbor
  • Panama City Harbor
  • Pensacola Harbor
  • Port Everglades Harbor
  • Port St. Joe Harbor
  • Project Condition Surveys
  • Removal of Aquatic Growth
  • St. Augustine Harbor
  • St. Johns River
  • Suwannee River
  • Scheduling Reservoir Operations
  • South Florida Ecosystem Restoration – Includes payments owed to the South Florida Water Management District and the Seminole Tribe of Florida for work performed by local project sponsors
  • Tampa Harbor – Includes need for advanced maintenance funds to ensure short-term navigability of federal channel for post-Panamax vessels
  • Water/Environmental Certification

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