item I, Land Acquisition:
Hernstadt of Miami-Dade County is in charge of acquiring a temporary
disposal site for dredged fill, but unfortunately he is on vacation
until September 6, so Aleida Arrazcacta represented the county.
Arrazcacta reported that the County placed two ads in local
publications soliciting berthing and fill locations.
The eight responses are being reviewed by the county, starting
with the berthing locations. The
county is deciding whether to place a resolution on the proposed
temporary disposal site, bound by NW 37th Ave. on the west,
NW 33rd St. in the South, NW 36th Ave. in the East
and NW 35TH ST in the north, on the Miami-Dade Board of
County Commissioners agenda for September or October agenda.
Glenn Schuster, Army Corps of Engineers, is preparing the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) water quality application,
and canít complete it without a confirmed temporary disposal site.
The proposed vacant parking lot is five miles upriver.
Glen Schuster stated the further the site is from Biscayne Bay,
the better for the water quality permit.
Walter Revel offered
his assistance in asking DEP Secretary Struhs to facilitate the
application process, which according to Glen Schuster could take a year.
Chinquina, Tropical Audobon Society, recognizes the need for dredging
the Miami River and pledged his support to secure the proposed NW 36th
Ave and NW 33rd Street temporary drying location. In addition he asked that all available technology be
utilized in an effort to provide a sound environmental dredging project.
River Commission managing director, David Miller, stated Representative
Carrie Meek is on the appropriations committee and her concerns are the
City and County working together in a partnership and identifying the
drying location. Rep. Meek worked to get the dredging funding last year and is
willing to work for allocation this year.
item II, Status of Corps Surveys:
Army Corps of Engineers
Miami River Dredging project manager, Jerry Scarborough, reported the
hydrographic surveys were completed.
John Bearce, Army Corps of Engineers, reported that the fieldwork
is done, and the survey paperwork will be completed by August 25, 2000.
New arial photographs are included.
The Corpís consultants will start taking samples of the
sediment from the river no later than early September to determine the
content of the sediment (is it sand, mud, how deep is the rock, etc.)
and therefore, how long it will take to dry.
Once started the fieldwork should only take a few weeks.
In response to a letter from the County concerning the Project
Cooperation Agreement (PCA), the Corps of Engineers will finish a draft
of the PCA by the end of September. The County will review it, provide their comments and
revisions, and return it to the Corps.
Once everyone is satisfied, the PCA will be sent to the Army
Corps of Engineers headquarters to be reviewed and approved.
The Corps will work on the DEP water quality permit application
and engineering design of the project simultaneously. Once they have a
confirmed temporary drying site. The
years of open public meetings concerning the dredging project and amount
of sediment and water testing completed by the Army Corps of Engineers
and Department of Environmental Education will help expedite required
David Miller reported that in a preliminary
meeting with Mr. Green and other DEP personnel they understood that the
current contaminated sediment is flowing into bay due to vessel activity
and during periods of heavy rainfall, and delaying the project is
resulting in further damage. The
environmental improvement will greatly outweigh any temporary conditions
caused by dredging.
Schuster, Army Corps of Engineers, pointed out a report which stated
that the contamination caused by turbidity of ship traffic is
significantly greater than anything caused by the dredging itself.
The Army Corps of Engineers designs its projects to comply with
all state and federal water quality regulations.
item III, Status of FIND Application:
Johnson, City of Miami Department of Real Estate and Economic
Development, reported that the county is amending its Florida Inland
Navigational District (FIND) grant application to include the City of
Miamiís financial portion of the dredging project.
This amendment would add $300,000 to the Countyís application
for matching FIND funds for dredging.
Miami-Dadeís FIND application, requesting $300,000 of matching
funds, was already approved. FIND director, David Roach, told Mrs. Johnson that amending
the countyís application to $600,000 of matching funds would result in
less administrative work for FIND, than having two separate grants from
the City and County. The
FIND Commission will vote on the matter August 19.
item IV, Fact Sheet:
the July 31 Dredging Working Group meeting,
Miami River Commission Managing Director, David Miller, presented
a draft dredging fact sheet which would be distributed to the public,
press, politicians, etc. He
asked for any suggested revisions.
Receiving none, the fact sheet was adopted, and has been used in
Miami River dredging presentations.
item VI, New Business:
The next meeting was
scheduled for Wednesday September 13, 10 AM at the U.S. Coast Guard
Marine Safety Office, 100 McArthur Blvd., Administration Bldg., 2nd
floor, and the meeting was adjourned.