MIAMI RIVER COMMISSION STORMWATER
Mar. 7, 2007
(THIS IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT)
The Miami River Commission’s (MRC)
Stormwater Subcommittee (SSC) met
March 7, 2007
, at the Miami River Inn,
118 South River Drive
FL.The sign in sheet is
enclosed. Mr. Brett Bibeau, MRC Managing Director, noted per the request
of SSC Chair Ms.
, representatives from the City, County, South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(FDEP) will continue to rotate leading attendees through the agenda.Mr. Bibeau asked Mr. Roy Strattman, Miami-Dade Department of
Environmental Resource Management (DERM), to lead this month’s
Presentation of Agency Quarterly Reports - Mr.
Omar Abdelrahman, DERM, noted he
had distributed DERM’s “Third Quarter Miami River Basin Water
Quality Improvement Plan - Quarterly Progress Report” (July-September
2006), during last month’s SSC meeting. Mr. Abdelrahman added that,
per the request of the SSC at the February meeting, he included a graph
that measured fecal coliform levels, and would email the revised report
to the SSC.
, City of Miami Department of
Capital Improvements, and Ms. Diane Waters, City of Miami Public Works
Department, presented the City of Miami’s “Miami River Basin Water
Quality Improvement Plan - Quarterly Progress Report” (January 1,
2007-March 31, 2007). The report is available online at www.miamirivercommission.org.The following are some of the reports presented items:
storm water system retrofitting in project in Pinehurst was recently
completed, costing $2 million, of which $1.2 million was from the
SFWMD.The new system
contains catch basins and pollution retardant structures.
design for the stormwater system rebuilding in Downtown is 80%
commenced in February 2005 and is anticipated to be completed in May
2007, followed by construction November 2007 – May 2008.Estimated project cost is $3.5 million, and currently there
is $671,495 available.
June 2006 the City of
advertised a Request for Letters of Interest (RFLI), to design and
construct the Wagner Creek /
dredging project, and three firms responded. The
City Commission will consider the administrations recommendation for
design, permitting and testing only, and perhaps for a portion of
the total project boundary if sufficient funding isn’t available
in May 2007.The City
Commission will subsequently consider a separate item, for the
actual dredging, after May 2007.The previous design for the project, created by CES, Inc.,
and funded by the City of
, may not be used, rather provided to the new design firm as
De-Contamination Vessel – Services include removal of floatable
debris, oxygenation, and decontamination of
allocated budget is $200,000 through City funds with an additional
, for a grand total $300,000.This
is an on-going project and the contract expires in July 2007.
of on-site storm water treatment alternatives and BMP’s- Texas
continues citywide canal cleaning and maintenance.C3TS has been contracted to perform inspection services for
this project; Waterways where cleanup has taken place include Wagner
, Lawrence Waterway, and the
.Mr. Bibeau thanked the City of Miami for contracting a firm to cleanup and maintain the canals, and inquired
if the tree stumps left behind after the trees were cur down would
be removed. Mr. Lago
stated the stumps might have been left behind because the root
systems provide an element of shoreline stabilization, which may be
jeopardized if removed. Mr. Abdelrahman concurred, adding that
removal of the stumps may cause discharges into the canals.
Status of the Wagner Creek and SeyboldCanal Dredging Permits and Corrective Action Plan – Mr. Lago addressed this topic in Agenda Item I.
Update on the Adoption of the Wagner Creek TMDL – Ms.
Waters reported the new
Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is yet to execute the
final draft TMDL for Wagner Creek.
IV. Status of WASD Smoke Testing of the WagnerCreekWesternSubBasin
–Mr. Abdelrahman noted
DERM had met with Mr. Juan Bedoya, WASD, and conducted site visits to
select the next areas of the Wagner Creek water basin for smoke testing.Ms. Lucy Perez, SFWMD, stated their existing contract with the
MRC is yet to be amended to add the $15,409 in potential 1998 SWIM
funding to cover the aforementioned smoke testing, since the SFWMD has
yet to complete its internal audit, which includes the potential SWIM
funding. Ms. Perez noted Mr.
Evan Skornick, SFWMD, is aware their SWIM funding contract with FDEP
expires this month, and is therefore seeking a time extension.
Abdelrahman asked Ms. Perez if the SFWMD would consider funding
stormwater system bacteria testing a.k.a. “source tracking,” a form
of testing identifying human and non-human sources of coliform bacteria.
Mr. Abdelrahman noted “source
tracking” is a costly technique, ranging from $300 - $500 per
collected sample, with 10 samples taken at 50 locations. Mr.
Abdelrahman agreed to email his request for the SFWMD to provide funding
for “source tracking” to Ms. Perez. Ms. Waters stated that the City
would like to be involved in selecting testing locations in the event
funding is obtained for microbial source tracking for Wagner Creek. Ms.
Perez stated upon her receipt of the e-mailed request, she would forward
it to the appropriate SFWMD administration, noting the Miami-Dade
Service Center had already submitted their FY ’08 budget request to
the regional SFWMD offices.
following items were addressed/discussed:
Bibeau stated the MRC had executed the City Commission approved
$75,000 contract renewal, and returned it to Elyrosa Estevez, City
of Miami, for final City signatures.MRC staff thanked the City of Miami.MRC staff noted they had received the City’s request for
information to submit in reply to the FDEP’s requirements for the
NPDES permit, similar to last year.MRC staff stated they will compile the information and
attachments, and provide them to the City Public Works Department
before the end of the month.
staff distributed the MRC’s 2006 Annual Report, which includes a
report from the Stormwater Subcommittee’s Chairs, outlining the
accomplishments in 2006.MRC
staff thanked all of the environmental agencies for their continued
implementation of the MRC’s MiamiRiver Basin
Water Quality Improvement Report.
staff distributed flyers for the 11th Annual Miami
Riverday Festival which will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007, at JoseMartiPark. Mr. Bibeau noted all
sponsors and environmental agencies are provided a free 10 x 10
tent, table and chairs. Ms.
Chase noted the SFWMD and City had confirmed use of their
informational booths, and Mr. Strattman stated he would reach out to
Ms. Ivy Brown, DERM, to see if DERM would participate once again.
next regularly scheduled public noticed SSC meeting was confirmed for
the first Wednesday of the month,
April 4, 2007
, Miami River Inn,
118 South River Drive