A group of key water managers and stakeholders from across Miami-Dade County and the broader water basin recently completed a week-long intensive workshop in partnership with the Resilience Shift, Arup, and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to test the City Water Resilience Framework. This workshop was part of Phase 2 of the City Water Resilience Approach, which was developed over the course of 12 months of research, field engagement with eight cities (including Miami), and consultation with over 700 individual stakeholders, to help cities grow their capacity to provide high quality water resources for all residents, to protect them from water-related hazards, and to connect them through water-based transportation networks. Through this process, Arup and other partners developed The City Water Resilience Framework, which identifies four distinct but connected dimensions of resilience, and a series of increasingly specific requirements for building resilience in each dimension. The Framework supports cities in assessing strengths and weaknesses in their own water systems.
The July workshop tested the City Water Resilience Framework through qualitative and quantitative measures and engaged stakeholders in visioning to develop a City Water Resilience Profile. The result will be proposal of a prioritized action plan, including reference to the Regional Climate Action Plan recommendations, which builds resilience into decision-making around the urban water systems. The water action plan will be available in September 2019, and will be shared with the Compact partners, who all play an important role in the management of this shared critical resource.