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USACE: $3.348 billion go toward reducing flood risk in Florida, Puerto Rico and USVI

By on July 6, 2018

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced Friday additional work with nearly $17.4 billion for reducing “risks to dozens of coastal communities in Florida” and “massive inland flood damage reduction projects in Puerto Rico.”

The Jacksonville District received $3.348 billion for long-term recovery investments in its area, which includes Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The funding will go toward 13 studies, and 19 construction projects.

USACE allocated an initial $360 million in April for operations and maintenance priority repairs. Jacksonville District received $31.6 million to “immediately address short-term repairs to seven authorized projects,” and received $143.6 million in “work-plan funding in June 2018, and $268.9 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (totaling $412.5 million)”; total “funding allocation for Jacksonville District efforts so far exceeds $4 billion,” USACE said.

The Supplemental Construction funding includes $514.2 million for Herbert Hoover Dike; this will fully fund construction through completion in 2022 with $162.4 million projected in the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations Bill and the $100 million contributed from the State of Florida.

In addition, a $16 million South Atlantic Coastal Study (SACS) will be conducted to “produce a framework for identifying coastal vulnerability along the entire South Atlantic coast, spanning 18,000 coastal miles, including inland, from North Carolina to the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”

Coastal Program Manager Jaqueline Keiser said  the “study will provide the foundation for future solutions that can be implemented by federal, state, local or private entities to mitigate risk associated with water-related shoreline hazards.”

Projects are at various phases of planning, design and construction. Here is a list published by USACE:

Flood Risk Management Construction ($3.3 billion)

Florida ($802.4 million)

Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation – $514.2 million

Coastal flood risk management:

Dade County – $158 million

Flagler County – $17.5 million

Manatee County – $14.3 million

Palm Beach County – $25 million

St. John’s County – $36.8 million

St Lucie County – $20.3 million

Enhanced resiliency in federal beach projects such as dunes; natural or hardened structures:

Brevard County – $2 million

Broward County – $2 million

Duval County – $2 million

Lee County – $2 million

Nassau County – $2 million

Sarasota County – $2 million

Puerto Rico ($2.5 billion)

Rio Grande de Arecibo – $82.9 million

Rio Grande de Loiza – $250 million

Rio Guanajibo at Mayaguez – $60 million

Rio de La Plata – $500 million

Rio Nigua at Salinas – $60 million

Rio Puerto Nuevo – $1,552.4 million


Studies or Investigations ($40.4 million)

South Atlantic Coastal Study – $16 million

Florida ($13 million)

Dade County GRR – $2 million

Collier County Beach Erosion Control – $3 million

Miami Back Bay CSRM – $3 million

Monroe County CSRM – $3 million

Pinellas County Feasibility – $2 million

Puerto Rico ($10.6 million)

Puerto Rico CSRM – $3 million

Rio Grande de Manati – $1.2 million

Rio Culebrinas – $400,000

Rio Guayanilla – $3 million

San Juan Metro Area CSRM – $3 million

U.S. Virgin Islands

Savan Gut, St. Thomas – $400,000

Turpentine Run, St. Thomas – $400,000

In a fact sheet published in March on construction at Puerto Rico’s Río de la Plata basin, 11 miles west of San Juan, USACE wrote that the river “drains approximately 240 square miles,” adding that, “heavy rainfall combined with the steep headwater slopes causes frequent flooding in the towns of Dorado, Toa Baja, and Toa Alta.

“The recommended plan provides 100 year protection upstream of PR Highway 2 and SPF protection downstream. Project features consist of 7.0 miles of channel improvements, 7.6 miles of levees, the replacement of 3 bridges, recreation facilities, and mitigation for the loss of environmental habitats. The Water Resources Development Act of 1990 authorized this project.”



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