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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tides and Currents data predicts that the South East Florida Region will experience unusually high tides again this fall. Tides are predicted to be at their highest on November 3rd through November 6th, November 15th, and December 3rd through December 6th.  These high tide events are expected to be 7’’ to 10” above the average high tides for 2013 during these dates (see chart below). Tidal fluctuations are a natural occurrence and typically go unnoticed. However extreme tide events such as these can potentially impact drainage systems and may cause flooding in low lying areas.

Town Hall is free and members of the public are encouraged to participate.

Members of Congress and southeast Florida leaders will discuss sea level rise and climate change at a Coastal Communities Town Hall on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m., at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, during the Fifth Annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a discussion of local impacts of sea level rise, public perceptions of climate issues and possible solutions. The participants include:

Many people talk about hard coastal structures as if they are all the same and are all equally harmful to beaches. This unfortunate misunderstanding originates from past indiscriminate use of structures in ways that often were harmful to beaches.  

Many of these structures were constructed 20-plus years ago when we had little understanding of the interactions between the structures and coastal processes.  

Living in South Florida, we’re surrounded by water, but only a limited amount is drinkable. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s (WASD) staff works around the clock to deliver high-quality drinking water that meets or exceeds local, state and federal requirements, as well as the reliable sewer services you use every day.

Just as cars, roads, bridges and even your body wear down due to age and stress, so do the more than 14,000 miles of underground pipes and treatment plants currently in use in Miami-Dade County. Since there are some pipes as old as 80 years still in service, WASD is embarking on a Multi-year Capital Improvement Plan to enhance and upgrade our infrastructure, which will result in improved service for decades to come, including improved firefighting capacity, environmental improvements, economic growth and increased capacity.

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