Miami-Dade County has recently worked out a $1.5 billion plan with the Environmental Protection Agency to fix its aging sewer system — an over-burdened network of pipes, pumps and plants that’s leaked a lot of sewage in the past years.
But a local environmental group says there’s a major piece missing from that agreement: climate-change planning in a consent decree.
If not for its patchwork of different shades of asphalt, you would never imagine the stretch of State Road A1A along Fort Lauderdale Beach was all underwater a year ago.
Last November, Tropical Storm Sandy and small storms that followed washed out a four-block section of A1A, north of Sunrise Boulevard. Sandy wasn’t a big storm, so the uncharacteristic destruction it brought has been explained by sea-level rise, which can cause increasingly harmful storm surges.
The folks who live along a small stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach just north of Sunrise Boulevard know the drill.
Actually, they spent the first part of 2013 hearing little else.
Nearly every day since early January, work crews have been out between Northeast 14th Court and Northeast 18th Street installing a new sea wall. The first phase involved a huge rig drilling 40 feet down to make way for 500 pieces of sheet metal pilings.