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File Number: 083045
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File Number: 083045 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CAPTURING, STORING AND TREATING WATER FROM THE CANAL SYSTEM Introduced: 10/23/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 12/2/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A11
Notes: SEE 091386 AS ADOPTED AS AMENDED Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF CAPTURING, STORING AND TREATING WATER FROM THE CANAL SYSTEM PRIOR TO ITS DISCHARGE TO BISCAYNE BAY FOR REPLENISHING THE AQUIFER AND FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSES AS PART OF COUNTY’S WATER SUPPLY PLAN
Indexes: FEASIBILITY STUDY
Sponsors: Dennis C. Moss, Prime Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/2/2008 11A11 Amended
REPORT: (SEE AGENDA ITEM 11A11 AMENDED; LEGIALATIVE FILE NUMBER 091386.)

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 11/10/2008 3AA Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Diaz questioned whether the intent of this resolution was only to request a feasibility study. He noted this issue had been previously studied and the cost was implausible. In response to Commissioner Gimenez’ question if it was less expensive to capture and treat water from the canal system than to take water from the Floridian Aquifer, Mr. John Renfrow, Water and Sewer Department (WASD) Director, noted it would depend upon the quality of the water and the amount of treatment needed. He pointed out this item was a departmental item from the Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM), but he did not see any harm in studying this concept. He also noted WASD would be willing to assist, if needed, and the assistance of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) might also be needed. Commissioner Edmonson stated she supported this resolution if it was just a feasibility study because she would like to know what the costs of the project would be. Hearing no further comments or questions, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 10/24/2008 Referred Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 11/10/2008

County Attorney 10/23/2008 Assigned Henry N. Gillman

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF CAPTURING, STORING AND TREATING WATER FROM THE CANAL SYSTEM PRIOR TO ITS DISCHARGE TO BISCAYNE BAY FOR REPLENISHING THE AQUIFER AND FOR IRRIGATION PURPOSES AS PART OF COUNTY’S WATER SUPPLY PLAN

BODY
WHEREAS, South Florida had record droughts two years in a row which caused the implementation of emergency water shortage measures including twice-a-week watering limits to conserve water supplies; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County’s 20-year Water Use Permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District includes many conditions and restrictions including the requirement that the County develop alternative water supply sources to meet increased demands over the next 20 years; and
WHEREAS, the County is making significant financial investments in capital improvement projects to provide adequate water supply for projected water demands by the use of alternative water supplies such as reclaimed water and brackish water from the Floridian Aquifer; and
WHEREAS, the County is also imposing water efficiency standards and other water conservation measures to further prevent and reduce wasteful, uneconomical, impractical or unreasonable use of our limited water resources; and
WHEREAS, each year a substantial amount of fresh water is unavailable for use by the County because the South Florida Management District opens the coastal floodgates and dumps billions of gallons of water into Biscayne Bay to lower drainage canals to minimize and prevent flooding during a rain event; and
WHEREAS, this Board is desirous of capturing the fresh water that is currently lost to tide during a rain event for use during the dry season,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the County Mayor is directed to conduct a feasibility study of capturing, storing and treating water from the canal system prior to its discharge to Biscayne Bay for use in replenishing the aquifer and the County’s water supply or for irrigation purposes as part of the County’s Water Supply Plan. The County Mayor shall provide a report to this Board within 90 days of the adoption of this Resolution.



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