Miami’s Solutions to Guard against Infrastructure Damage and Climate Change

Mar 01

Miami’s Solutions to Guard against Infrastructure Damage and Climate Change

The city of Miami has demonstrated remarkable resiliency for sewer infrastructures in the Southeast region of Florida. As a coastal city with strong geographical growth constraints, Miami is already experiencing the effects of climate change, including frequent tidal floods. The city is planning a Sea-Level Rise Pilot Program that will use geographic information system data to strengthen innovation and resources for the residents of the city. The geology and topography of Miami make groundwater issues particularly challenging, making flooding issues problematic and frequent. Because of this, strategic and advanced planning becomes a necessity. With the vulnerability of critical infrastructure, a planning committee, a task force of sorts, has been put in place to best prepare for hurricanes and flooding. The committee is expected to become available in all 34 cities in Miami-Dade County. This agenda will be used as a strengthening mechanism for many infrastructures within the city and will help manage coastal areas. Organizing greenTop of FormBottom of Form infrastructure along the coastline is part of the initiative, as well as understanding how green infrastructure like sand dunes, coral reefs and mangroves can reduce potential damages due to storm surge. What appears to be minor flooding can have a big impact on drainage and water flows, primarily due to the very flat terrain. Miami Beach—where flooding impacts have been more pressing—has self-financed investment in flood pumps and elevating roads. This accommodation required raising sewer fees in certain areas of the city. However, residents have been receptive to Miami’s efforts in implementing coastal infrastructure protection measures. The agenda is also expected to be a helpful tool for the economic stability of the region. Miami continues to be viewed as a trendsetter on sea-level rise and climate change solutions. Interesting fact: A house built above storm surge height will make the property more resilient when facing long-term risks from higher sea...

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Miami’s Shifting Sea Wall Elevation and Waterfront Homes

Jun 23

Miami’s Shifting Sea Wall Elevation and Waterfront Homes

In Miami, many tourists and residents alike find the charm of the city has a pull of its own.  An array of pleasing characteristics make Miami an ideal place to reside. While beautiful homes surround waterfront lots, there are important factors to consider when looking into local real estate. A question that one may ask: does the street flood during extreme tides? The city is part of a region where climate change will fuel sea-level rise by as much as 10 inches, over the levels of decades ago, by 2030. So ‘will it flood?’ is a buyer’s question. South Florida is home to 6 million people and is projected to grow by 3 million over the next three decades. Most of the estimates of growth rely on the continued enticement of the beaches, waterways and natural environment. Yet, by 2050, an estimated $15 billion to $36 billion of Florida’s coastal property will be threatened by sea-level rise. Additionally, climate change has a role to play, particularly for the resources of roads and sewer lines in low-lying areas, and storm and flood insurance rates. Residents, for those reasons, are now looking for reassurance that their investments will be secure. Many are beginning to realize that protecting people and property from more intense storms, higher temperatures and sea-level rise will require a massive investment in ideas and infrastructure. Currently there are changes to base flood elevation requirements with increases to sea wall elevation. Developers have started marketing storm-resistant homes and resilient buildings, such as a high-rise in downtown Miami designed to withstand 300-mph winds. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a Trenchless Tour on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned! Click here to...

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Miami is Pioneering Advancements in Sewage Containment

Apr 12

In an effort to adapt to a state law prohibiting Miami-Dade’s disposal of treated sewage through ocean outfall pipes, the county is building injection wells designed to pump treated waste into a cavern like space or ‘ boulder zone’.  Deep caverns have been documented in Florida’s geology. The county currently has 21 injection wells in north and south Dade. By 2025, it is projected to be double that amount at a cost summary of $635 million. This initiative is considered cutting-edge and could very well put distance between the residence of Miami and the millions of gallons of sewage produced every day. The city is also working to improve flood mitigation for families and businesses in the 8.5 Square Mile Area east of the Everglades National Park. Last week, the District excavated a 175-foot connection between the S-358 seepage canal and the S-357 pump station adjacent to the 8.5 Square Mile Area. This is for the purpose of lowering the water level in that seepage canal, lowering the water table, thus providing direct relief to properties within the 8.5 Square Mile Area that are experiencing standing water. The connection also eliminates the need for several pumps being used to provide temporary relief. Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you...

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