Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 090138
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File Number: 090138 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-123-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGING TO FUND BISCAYNE BAY COASTAL WETLANDS PROJECTS Introduced: 1/26/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 2/17/2009
Agenda Date: 2/17/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A7
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO FULLY FUND BISCAYNE BAY COASTAL WETLANDS PROJECTS
Indexes: BISCAYNE BAY
  LEGISLATURE
  U.S. CONGRESS
  URGING
Sponsors: Katy Sorenson, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, 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 2/17/2009 11A7 Adopted P

County Manager 2/10/2009 Additions 2/17/2009

Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 2/10/2009 2HH Forwarded to the BCC by the BCC Chairperson with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Commissioner Heyman asked that she be listed as a co-sponsor. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote. Chairwoman Sorenson noted she would prepare a memorandum requesting that Chairman Moss waive the Board's Rules and Procedures to allow this proposed resolution to be considered at the February 17, 2009, County Commission Meeting.

County Attorney 1/26/2009 Referred Budget, Planning and Sustainability Committee 2/10/2009

County Attorney 1/26/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE U.S. CONGRESS AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO FULLY FUND BISCAYNE BAY COASTAL WETLANDS PROJECTS

BODY
WHEREAS, the Greater Everglades Ecosystem is a globally imperiled habitat and the primary source of drinking water for Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) is the largest ecosystem restoration effort in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the CERP is intended to restore fresh water sheet flows to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park; and
WHEREAS, two projects on the list of 68 identified in CERP, the C-111 spreader canal and the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands rehydration projects, are the only elements of the restoration plan that rehydrate wetlands and restore the estuaries within Biscayne National Park; and
WHEREAS, full funding for all phases of both of these projects are critical to the restoration of Biscayne National Park; and
WHEREAS, these two projects are also critical to Miami-Dade County’s efforts to adapt to the projected impact of sea level rise that will cause additional saltwater intrusion in areas that are already experiencing significant saltwater migration several miles inland; and
WHEREAS, restoration of freshwater sheet flow feeding into southern Biscayne Bay will help hold back saltwater intrusion and improve the County’s resilience to potential climate impacts; and
WHEREAS, these projects are also both “shovel-ready” and “green,” making them consistent with early goals for federal economic stimulus funding,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature to fully fund Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands projects, in particular the two projects critical to Biscayne Bay and Biscayne National Park: (i) both phases of the C-111 spreader canal and (ii) the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetland rehydration project.
Section 2. Urges the U.S. Congress and the Florida Legislature to prioritize funding for Everglades restoration projects in any economic stimulus package passed.
Section 3. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the members of the Florida Congressional Delegation, the Governor of Florida, the President of the Florida Senate, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade State Legislative Delegation.
Section 4. Directs the County’s federal and state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation set forth in Sections 1 and 2 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2009 Federal and State Legislative Packages.



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