An independent panel of experts has released its final review and recommendations to improve Miami Beach’s efforts to combat sea level rise and other flooding challenges. The multi-disciplinary group, assembled by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and made possible by the support of 100 Resilient Cities, spent an intensive three days in the City in April. Their initial comments included praise for the City’s efforts to date and high-level recommendations for improvement.
This week, the final report with more details was published.
Miami Beach’s stormwater management efforts to date have included installing improved drainage systems, new pumps, and elevation of roads and public seawalls to protect from three types of flooding, coastal flooding including King Tides, flooding from heavy rains, and groundwater flooding.
“The City of Miami Beach has shown an impressive commitment in the last few years to addressing these flooding vulnerabilities, including identifying the funding for and beginning execution of a projected $600 million stormwater management program, sourcing financing independently of federal and state funds,” the report said.
“In short, the city acted with courage to fix sunny-day and stormwater flooding.”
That said, “The panelists agreed that the city’s stormwater management strategy, although a good start, is not currently sufficient to address the extent of the risk faced by the city and does not reflect its cultural leadership.”
The report outlines a series of key opportunities, guiding principles, and recommendations. More details, examples, and case studies can be found in the report. We encourage you to read it.
Integrating flood management within the larger resilience strategy: The panel urged the City “to embrace a more comprehensive and holistic plan for ‘living with water,’ an approach they called “critical given the extent of flooding and climate risk faced now and in the future.”
“This strategy should also include investing in technology, such as enhanced modeling, to better inform the city on the varied types of flooding risks and the cost/benefit of different interventions to address them.”
Read the full story and report HERE >>>> Source: reMiamiBeach Urban Land Institute Issues Final Report on Miami Beach’s Resiliency Efforts