Commissioner Sosa advances legislation to secure County infrastructure from impacts of Sea Level Rise

MIAMI-DADE –On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, County Commissioners gave unanimous approval to a resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, aimed at protecting the County’s water, sewer and road infrastructure from the potential impacts of Sea Level Rise.

Sea Level Rise poses a significant threat to our local water and sewer infrastructure and roads. Rising water tables may compromise the integrity of these underground systems and cause widespread disruption throughout County roadways. As such, it is imperative that steps be taken to account for such issues and ensure that all roadways retain their viability for vehicular access. Certain modifications to traffic flow such as permanent street closures and access limiting devices may reduce our resiliency by limiting the County’s capacity to adjust to changing needs.

Commissioner Sosa and her colleagues have long been at the forefront of addressing the underlying threat of Sea Level Rise. In 2013, Commissioner Sosa sponsored the creation of the Sea Level Rise Taskforce and advanced subsequent legislation to implement the group’s recommendations. This latest initiative directs the administration to produce a report outlining recommended measures to preserve County infrastructure and the ability to respond to road and water and sewer issues resulting from Sea Level Rise. The administration will also identify whether or not changes to the County code are needed to accomplish the overarching goal of strengthening our community’s resiliency.

“I commend my colleagues for their continued support of initiatives that address the potential impacts of Sea Level Rise,” said Commissioner Sosa. “While we still are unsure as to how it will affect us specifically, we must take precautions to make sure that we have every option on the table to protect our residents. It is my hope that this legislation will result in meaningful actions that will bolster our resiliency in the future.”

County Commissioners gave unanimous approval to a resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, aimed at protecting the County’s water, sewer and road infrastructure from the potential impacts of Sea Level Rise.

Sea Level Rise poses a significant threat to our local water and sewer infrastructure and roads. Rising water tables may compromise the integrity of these underground systems and cause widespread disruption throughout County roadways. As such, it is imperative that steps be taken to account for such issues and ensure that all roadways retain their viability for vehicular access. Certain modifications to traffic flow such as permanent street closures and access limiting devices may reduce our resiliency by limiting the County’s capacity to adjust to changing needs.

Commissioner Sosa and her colleagues have long been at the forefront of addressing the underlying threat of Sea Level Rise. In 2013, Commissioner Sosa sponsored the creation of the Sea Level Rise Taskforce and advanced subsequent legislation to implement the group’s recommendations. This latest initiative directs the administration to produce a report outlining recommended measures to preserve County infrastructure and the ability to respond to road and water and sewer issues resulting from Sea Level Rise. The administration will also identify whether or not changes to the County code are needed to accomplish the overarching goal of strengthening our community’s resiliency.

“I commend my colleagues for their continued support of initiatives that address the potential impacts of Sea Level Rise,” said Commissioner Sosa. “While we still are unsure as to how it will affect us specifically, we must take precautions to make sure that we have every option on the table to protect our residents. It is my hope that this legislation will result in meaningful actions that will bolster our resiliency in the future.”

Author  Manuel Orbis, Jr.
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