September 6, 2011

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is inviting the public to comment on proposed minimum and guidance levels for Lake Wimauma at a public workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

Minimum levels are established to protect lakes from impacts associated with groundwater and surface water withdrawals. Guidance levels are developed as advisory information on expected water level fluctuations within lake basins. Minimum and guidance levels serve as guidelines for the District’s permitting programs and for development of water resource projects.

During the workshop, District staff will review the technical basis for the proposed levels. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for local governments, citizens and others to be part of the development of minimum levels for the lake.

Information obtained at the workshop will be summarized and made available to the District’s Governing Board. District staff anticipates presenting the proposed levels for Lake Wimauma at the November 2011 Governing Board meeting, where the Governing Board may choose to recommend adoption of the minimum and guidance levels into District rules. Governing Board meetings are open to the public and brief oral comments are permitted on meeting agenda items.

Written comments are also welcome and can be submitted via mail or email to Keith Kolasa, senior environmental scientist, no later than Sept. 20. The addresses are 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 or Keith.Kolasa@WaterMatters.org.

A draft report containing information on the development of levels for Lake Wimauma is available on the District’s web site. To locate the report, visit WaterMatters.org/mfl and click on the “MFL documents and reports” link. You will find the Lake Wimauma report under the “Proposed Minimum & Guidance Lake Levels” tab.

For more information, please contact Keith Kolasa at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4236.

 
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