The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will host two National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping meetings for the Miami Harbor Navigation Improvements Study. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at Cruise Terminal F on Port Miami, Florida. The first meeting will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the second meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The information at both meetings will be the same.
The purpose of the meetings is to present and discuss the production of a NEPA document for the feasibility study, and to assess the effects of potential navigation improvements to Miami Harbor. The NEPA process will also identify alternatives and information needed to evaluate alternatives. Alternatives under consideration for the study include:
no action or widening and/or deepening specific areas within Miami Harbor’s federally authorized channels. Issues that are anticipated include concern for hardbottom/reef communities, turbidity and sedimentation associated with dredging operations, seagrasses, threatened and endangered species, and cultural, commercial and recreational resources.
Letters of comment or inquiry should be sent to CESAJ-MiamiHarbor@usace.army.mil or be addressed to the Planning Division, Environmental Branch, Jacksonville District, 701 San Marco Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207, by November 11.