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Miami-Dade County features two unique national parks – Everglades and Biscayne. With nearly 2.5 million residents, it is also the most populous county in Florida. Miami-Dade's combination of ecological treasures and its large population demonstrates the complexities of balancing the South Florida Water Management District's water quality, flood control, environmental restoration and water supply missions.

Regional Representatives develop partnerships with local governments, utilities, community groups and other stakeholders in Miami-Dade County and create a better understanding of local water resource issues through outreach and education activities.

  • Miami Field Station
    9001 NW 58th Street
    Miami, FL 33178
    (305) 513-3420
    Fax: (305) 594-9498
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South Dade Study

Project Options - Learn MoreBeginning in September 2015, the South Florida Water Management District held a series of workshops to provide a forum for integrating all stakeholder perspectives on the hydrology in the south Miami-Dade County area. The goals of the intensive six-month effort were to identify options to reduce flood risks in urban and agricultural areas and to provide much-needed water to natural areas.

The study produced several feasible options that could either be pursued immediately or incorporated into ongoing planning efforts, including:

  • Refining operations at key structures
  • Modifying High Head Cell at S-332D Flow-way to improve efficiency of water delivery to Taylor Slough and reduce seepage back toward developed areas
  • Seasonal lowering of operating range for the S-332B, S-332C and S-332D pump stations
  • Modifying infrastructure in vicinity of Taylor Slough headwaters
  • Increasing S-199 and S-200 pump capacity
  • Constructing seepage collection canal and pump station near S-178
  • Constructing seepage barrier – up to 15 miles in length


C-100A Canal Tree Removal Flood Control Project

graphic for Project OverviewTree removal in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay to begin January 2017

To ensure a 7-mile section of the C-100A Canal can continue to provide adequate flood protection for residents in the Villages of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, the South Florida Water Management District is conducting a phased tree removal effort. A total of seven, 1-mile phases will be completed through 2018.

To access and maintain the canal banks to provide optimal flood protection, the District has right-of-way easements along the canal situated on private property in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. Homeowners can view the easement areas on their property by clicking here. In addition, some residents have planted trees or added unpermitted enhancements (i.e., fences, docks, gazebos) within the easement. These trees and enhancements may need to be removed prior to the removal of trees on the a homeowner's property to allow the project to proceed. These enhancements may ultimately end up as obstructions during heavy rainfall, blocking drainage and causing flooding, as well as interfering with emergency flooding response.

All impacted residents will be notified 30 days from the start date and again two weeks prior to the commencement of work in a specific area. District staff will continue to update residents impacted by the project until all work is complete. This web page will also be updated regularly with canal closures, property access details and project status updates.
  • Winter 2017: The first phase is scheduled to begin January 2017 with a 1-mile section from SW 124th Street (Chapman Field) to SW 136th Street (Howard Drive).
    MAP: Phase 1 [PNG]
  • Spring 2017: The second phase is scheduled to begin in spring 2017 with a 1-mile section of from SW 112th Avenue (Killian Drive) to SW 124th Street (Chapman Field).
    MAP: Phase 2 [PNG]
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Tamiami (C-4) Canal Flood Protection Project

Informational Posters graphicCanal bank improvements to maximize flood protection in Sweetwater and unincorporated Miami-Dade County continue

The Tamiami (C-4) Canal Flood Protection Project was launched in response to local flooding from Hurricane Irene in 1999 and the "No Name Storm" in 2000. It is a multi-phase project and includes the completed 900-acre Emergency Detention Basin in West Miami-Dade County, multiple canal bank improvements, the S-25B Forward Pump Station, the S-26 Pump Station and a dredging project adjacent to Florida's Turnpike. The overall project is providing improved flood protection to 500,000 residents and to 5,000 homes and businesses. more »
Task Force and Coordination Teams
  • Miami-Dade County Lake Belt: The Lake Belt Area encompasses 77.5 square miles of environmentally sensitive land at the western edge of the Miami-Dade County urban area. The wetlands and lakes of the Lake Belt offer the potential to buffer the Everglades from the potentially adverse impacts of urban development. more »
  • Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team: Integrates and coordinates restoration, enhancement, and preservation projects, plans, and activities working towards maintaining a functioning ecosystem.
  • C-4 Technical Group: Updates on the local and District projects for the C-4 Basin.
  • City of Miami Green Commission: Working to make the City of Miami "greener".
  • Environmental Education Providers of Miami-Dade County: Promotes environmental education throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools and organizations.
  • Miami River Commission: Deals with any and all issues related to the Miami River, such as public policy, dredging, pollution, water quality and public awareness. Also participate on Stormwater Subcommittee, Greenways Subcommittee, Dredging Working Group and Urban Infill Working Group.
  • Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force and sub-committees: Deals with climate change issues in a comprehensive effort that may impact zoning, land use, building codes and other planning areas.
  • Miami-Dade Planner's Technical Committee: Planning group with representatives from all municipalities and the county dealing with water supply issues, climate change legislation/issues, growth planning and Department of Community Affairs issues.
  • Urban Horticulture Advisory Committee: Planning on agricultural and water conservation issues and events for the year.

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  • Armando Vilaboy – Regional Representative
    (305) 513-3420, ext. 7249

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