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- The Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has developed design guidelines for all capital projects, consistent with Board policy and providing data and analysis that can be used by other departments and jurisdictions to increase infrastructure resiliency. These guidelines involve new minimum elevations for construction at the coastal sewer plants plus cost-effective approaches to hardening sites where additional elevation is not practical. As the program is implemented, the risk of utility system outages due to extreme weather events can actually be reduced below what has been experienced in the past, even as sea level continues to rise.
- WASD has accelerated the implementation of the Pump Station Improvement Program (PSIP) to bring 112 sewer pump station basins out of development moratorium. This work is vital to economic development and job creation that otherwise would be delayed when pump station capacity is constrained. Currently, a total of 32 projects are in the design phase, 18 projects are in construction, and 17 projects have been submitted as complete, totaling $21 million awarded in construction to date. Nearly 80 percent of the consulting engineering work and 100 percent of the construction work has been assigned to small businesses. WASD aims to complete consent decree projects within the next three years.
- Since the implementation of the County’s nationally-acclaimed water conservation effort in 2006, water demands have been reduced by 40 million gallons per day. This represents hundreds of millions of dollars in avoided capital and operating expenses, while fully supporting economic growth and limiting adverse environmental consequences. WASD continues to focus on the efficient operation of our water and sewer system to provide reliable service at the lowest possible cost.
- Improvements to WASD’s Co-Generation facility were recognized with the “Best Overall” award from the Florida Region of the Design Build Institute of America. The award highlights the facility’s capability to reduce the department’s South District Wastewater Treatment Plant’s dependence on purchased electricity by 30 percent by converting bio-gas from the plant and the nearby landfill to create electricity. It represents a savings of $650,000 per year per unit that had previously operated on electricity. It’s also an environmental benefit by capturing the bio-gas and reusing rather than letting it release into the environment.
- Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) has begun to take steps in protecting certain areas of our community from the impacts of sea level rise. A perfect example is how the County has sought to ensure funding for beach renourishment efforts that protect our coastal communities and tourism industry. In addition, Public Works and Waste Management continued to be the Engineers-of-Record for the County’s long-term 10-year multiple renourishment permits which allow for the repair and mitigation of beach erosion in an effective and timely fashion. The long-term 10-year permits secured from the Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida are an innovative approach to improve the County’s response to emergency erosional events, resulting in the protection of lives and properties along the 13 miles of beaches under the maintenance jurisdiction of the County.
- Miami-Dade County residential property owners received more than 6,450 free trees through the Adopt-a-Tree program. A total of 190,756 trees have been adopted by Miami-Dade County residents since the program’s inception in 2001, making it one of the most successful tree canopy replacement programs in the State of Florida.
- This past year RER restored approximately eight acres of coastal hammock and enhanced approximately 1.7 acres of isolated freshwater wetlands at the Virginia Key North Point as part of our habitat restoration efforts and coordinated volunteer planting efforts to promote environmental stewardship while planting 3,600 native hardwood trees.
- This past year, the County acquired an additional 101 acres of environmentally endangered land (EEL), bringing the total to 20,799 acres preserved by the EEL Program and its partners since 1991. This year, over 1,420 adult and children volunteers participated in volunteer work days at our EEL sites.
- Public Works and Waste Management (PWWM) continued the high-profile curbside recycling education program to encourage residents’ participation and promote proper recycling. The education and outreach program utilizes radio, newspaper, transit and online advertising as well as special events, community outreach and direct mail programs to educate more than 351,000 recycling households.
- More than 69,500 site inspections were conducted in an effort to control the mosquito population. Mosquito control staff sprayed more than 100,665 acres by ground and over 37,000 acres by air. Staff also managed over 4,000 mosquito complaints and performed targeted area-wide spraying to eliminate mosquito breeding and mitigate the spread of chikungunya and dengue fever at 91 suspected case sites.
- PWWM monitored County maintained roadways with 10 Neighborhood Enhancement Action Teams (NEAT) to identify and proactively correct minor maintenance and aesthetic deficiencies: 58,534 deficiencies were identified, of which 57,777 were addressed by NEAT crews on site and 757 forwarded to other departments / divisions for corrective action. A total of 49,530 miles were inspected.
- The Animal Services Department (ASD) achieved a save rate of 90 percent for all pets combined in 2015. This represents a 76 percent increase from the previous year.
- ASD’s new 70,000 square-foot facility, which will more than double the size of the existing shelter, is scheduled to open in March. The new facility will provide spacious air-conditioned kennels, help prioritize the adoption of pets and expand spay/neuter services.
- ASD opened its first satellite adoption center through a partnership with the Petco Foundation. The Petco Adoption Center allows ASD to expand its reach for potential adopters and provides for a greater presence in the community. The Adoption Center is open 7 days a week. In the short period since the center opened its doors, ASD has had a 100% success rate in adoptions through the center.
- The Information Technology Department (ITD), in collaboration with ASD, implemented the "Finding Rover" application which uses facial recognition to help reunite lost dogs with their owners.
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