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• In April 2014, the U.S. District Court approved a consent agreement regarding the compliance of Miami-Dade County’s sewer system with the Clean Water Drinking Act. This agreement includes a 15-year work program to address aging infrastructure throughout our system. These projects are crucial to the continued economic viability of our growing economy, and they are important toward ensuring public health and protection of the environment.
• Construction began on the Animal Services Department’s (ASD) new 70,000 square-foot facility, which will more than double the size of the existing shelter. The new facility will provide spacious air-conditioned kennels, help prioritize the adoption of pets and expand spay/neuter services.
• HOPE Express, the first-ever mobile pet adoption vehicle in Miami-Dade County and the first in the State of Florida, went into service in July. It has contributed to a 150 percent increase in the number of mobile pet adoption events. ASD’s save rate has reached almost 82 percent for both dogs and cats—the second highest save rate in the State of Florida.
• Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department and ASD established the Second Chance Dog Training Program with the aim of developing employability skills for inmate participants while modifying the behavior of animals to increase their chances for adoption. Upon completion of this eight week program, the inmates and dogs earn the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen training certificate.
• The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has partnered with IBM and Honeywell to implement energy-saving measures to reduce water and electricity use in 34 parks. The department is implementing an energy, water conservation and sustainability plan expected to save $1.8 million over the next three to five years, along with providing environmental benefits including greenhouse gas reductions.
• The Water and Sewer Department (WASD) and nonprofit partner Dream in Green were awarded a $216,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Water and Agency Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) project. WE-LAB focuses on delivering urgent and highly relevant environmental education about the water-energy nexus through educational workshops, classroom learning, online community forums and interactive tools.
• Since 2003, the County has received an excellent rating from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System as a result of our continued efforts to improve and maintain the local storm water and flood control system. As a result of this rating, Miami-Dade County residents have benefitted from discounts on flood insurance rates ranging from 10 to 15 percent—a savings of more than $21 million on flood insurance premiums for County residents.
• In 2014, WASD’s Water Treatment and Distribution Division surveyed 8,027 miles of water pipes for leaks; repaired 2,042 leaks and breaks to the water distribution system; flushed 1,032 water mains; repaired 2,584 fire hydrants; installed more than 50 new fire hydrants; and replaced/installed 25,000 feet of water mains.
• MDFR’s Office of Emergency Management completed 34 projects totaling nearly $44 million from the County’s Local Mitigation Strategy, which is a proactive plan to reduce and eliminate the risks associated with natural and man-made hazards.
• During the Sixth Annual Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, elected and community leaders shared their perspectives on how climate change and rising sea levels are influencing planning on urban, regional, transportation and economic planning. Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, along with the Florida Climate Institute, signed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, agreeing to increase their collaboration with the academic community and plan for climate change based on scientific findings.
• To reduce waste collection routes and equipment, sanitation managers implemented RouteSmart routing software, resulting in a cost savings of more than $1 million.
• More than 14,000 site inspections were conducted in an effort to control the mosquito population. Mosquito control staff sprayed almost 200,000 acres by ground and 227,000 acres by air. Staff also performed targeted area-wide spraying to eliminate mosquito breeding and mitigate the spread of chikungunya and dengue fever at 138 suspected case sites.
• With cooperation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, approximately 4,750 feet of shoreline was re-nourished by placing more than 230,000 cubic yards of sand between the south jetty of the Haulover Inlet and 96th Street in the Village of Bal Harbour.
• Miami-Dade County residential property owners received more than 7,125 free trees through the Adopt-a-Tree program. Since its inception in 2001, the County has distributed more than 184,000 free trees to County residents through this program, making it one of the most successful tree canopy replacement programs in the state.
• Million Trees Miami, an initiative aimed at achieving a 30 percent tree-canopy cover by planting 1 million trees by 2020, secured $145,000 in grants that will be used to assess existing tree-canopies and plant more than 400 trees in underserved communities like Little Havana and Miami Gardens.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Thu Feb 19, 2015 1:21:30 PM
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