The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with Monroe County, released the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the Monroe County Coastal Storm Risk Feasibility Management Study today. Residents will have until Aug. 10 to comment and provide feedback to the USACE on the plan. The following provides the Draft Integrated Study Report/Environmental Impact Statement: www.saj.usace.army.mil/FloridaKeysCSRMFeasibilityStudy/.
The USACE is investigating solutions to reduce the damage and risks from flooding that comes from storm surges associated with hurricanes and tropical storms amplified by sea-level rise. The study focuses on critical infrastructure and areas that are vulnerable to coastal storms. The draft, prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, identifies coastal storm flood risks to residents, industries, and businesses, develops risk-management measures, and evaluates its impacts on human and natural environments.
The public can participate in a virtual online public meeting to learn more about the study and to ask questions:
To participate, log in at https://usace.webex.com/meet/alicia.m.logalbo. For audio, call 877-336-1829, access code: 9556794, security code: 1234. If the line is full, call 888-363-4749, access code: 5073286, security code: 1234.
“It is a top priority of the County to ensure that the community can provide feedback to the Army Corps on the proposed measures in their draft plan,” said Rhonda Haag, Monroe County Chief Resilience Officer.
Formal written comments may be provided to FloridaKeysCSRM@usace.army.mil or by mail to Ms. Kathy Perdue, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, 803 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510. For more information, call 757-201-7218 or email FloridaKeysCSRM@usace.army.mil. The deadline for public comment is August 10, 2020.