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Neighborhood Services

Miami-Dade County is vigorously making strides to position itself as a premier global community. We must therefore continue to develop our community in the areas of municipal services, aesthetics, social offerings, and openness because our County should also be a place where people desire to build their lives and pursue their professional and business interests. In order to do that, we must invest in establishing a world class infrastructure that improves the quality of life of all our residents and at the same time drives economic development.

Neighborhood Services


• The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) manages three regional water treatment plants and five smaller plants that in 2013 treated approximately 300 million gallons of water per day in over 7,918 miles of pipelines. The Department also operates three regional wastewater treatment plants treating and disposing wastewater with over 6,277 miles of pipeline and 1,048 pump stations.

• The success of WASD’s High Level Disinfection (HLD) project - the Department’s largest single construction project to date - at the department’s South District Wastewater Treatment Plant (SDWWTP) - has satisfied the regulatory conditions of a 2003 Consent Decree nine months early and approximately $100 million under budget.

• WASD completed a complex $77.5 million utility project to relocate an existing 20-inch water main and a 54-inch sewer force main that ran under Government Cut to allow for the dredging of PortMiami as part of the Port’s Deep Dredge and Expansion Project. This was necessary in order to accommodate the new, larger Post-Panamax cargo vessels that require a deeper depth at the channel. The project was completed on time and within budget.

• WASD has planned a systematic and responsible multi-year capital improvement plan to provide necessary upgrades to the system. The County, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection agreed to a 15-year, $1.6 billion program, known as the Consent Decree, to maintain the sewer system infrastructure in reliable condition, providing a solid basis for sustaining economic vitality while better protecting the environment.

• In June 2013, Audubon Florida presented WASD their annual Excellence in Water Conservation Award. The award celebrates outstanding dedication to caring for Florida’s water resources and promoting water conservation for the environment.

• The Public Works and Waste Management (PWWM) Department’s single-stream curbside recycling program continued its successful implementation through 2013, collecting 61,633 tons of recyclable newspaper, paper and paperboard products, glass, plastic, aluminum, steel and aseptic containers in FY 2012-13. This highly-visible community recycling program is available to more than 350,000 single-family households in unincorporated Miami-Dade County and 20 participating cities.

• PWWM received two National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards in 2013. The first award was for PWWM’s Second Shift Waste Transfer Operation, which increases productivity by 25% at landfills and 45% at waste transfer stations. The second award recognized the Department’s Waste and Recycling Cart Management Program.

• The Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) is recognized as one of the most respected departments in the country. Its focus on habitat restoration and preservation provides environmental and ecological benefits and increases the resilience of our coastal areas by providing erosion and storm surge protection for our urban and natural areas.

• In 2013 DERM restored approximately 4 acres of coastal hammock and dune habitat on the north shore of the Miami Marine Stadium and two islands in the Dinner Key basin and stabilized their shorelines with 3,400 linear feet of limestone boulders, providing high quality habitat for wildlife and maintaining water quality by preventing shoreline erosion.

• Maintaining our beautiful beaches is crucial for Miami-Dade County, because they are one of the main tourist attractions in South Florida bringing billions of dollars to our local economy. Our beaches also provide storm protection for the properties along the coast, which also represent billions of dollars in real estate value for our economy. In 2013 DERM’s Beach Erosion Control Program (BECP) and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS), Department worked to address regions of Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour and central Miami Beach that received excessive erosion following the passage of Hurricane Sandy in late October of 2012. Additionally, the BECP worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to implement the re-nourishment of approximately 4,750 ft of shoreline in Bal Harbour.

• Miami-Dade County (RER) participated in the Florida Building Commission’s development of the Florida Building Code 5th edition (2014), and successfully integrated all the hurricane wind provisions of its High Velocity Hurricane Zone.

• One of the largest and most popular artificial reef programs in the nation, Miami-Dade County’s Artificial Reef Program continued its growth in 2013 through the addition of two “Reefball” deployments in the Golden Beach Artificial Reef Site. The local diving industry is an important part of Miami-Dade County’s economy, and the Artificial Reef Program provides a vital support for this industry while also enhancing our environmental resources.

• The County retained its long-standing compliance of the Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) by adopting amendments to the CDMP to clarify and strengthen the County’s commitment to plan future land use and public facility/transportation improvements in a coordinated and complementary manner, and by adding numerous policies addressing climate change and sea level rise.

• The Animal Services Department (ASD) continues moving forward with plans to open its new Animal Shelter by the middle of 2014. In addition, the Department’s budget increase of 40% in 2013 allows for an additional $4m in funding towards No Kill implementation. This allows the expansion of the Trap-Neuter-Giveback Program, safely sterilizing and returning over 2,600 animals.








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