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Minimum Flows and Levels for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System

Independent Scientific Peer Review of Minimum Flows Proposed for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System in Citrus County

STATUS UPDATE: The final draft Peer Review Report has been completed and is available electronically. For more information and questions, please email the project manager.

Overview

Minimum flows and levels are limits established by the District Governing Board for surface waters and groundwater that are intended to prevent significant harm to the water resources or ecology of an area that may be caused by water withdrawals. Field survey Proposed minimum flows for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System in Citrus County are summarized in a draft report and appendices.

In accordance with Section 373.0421(4), Florida Statutes, the District voluntarily subjected all scientific or technical data, methodologies, models, and scientific and technical assumptions used to support development of the proposed minimum flows to independent scientific peer review. The Crystal River/Kings Bay System’s review was conducted by a panel of three independent, recognized experts in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, limnology, biology and other scientific disciplines relevant to the development of the minimum flows. The panel prepared a final report for the District Governing Board and the Board gives significant weight to the report when establishing the minimum flows for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System.

Peer Review Panel Meetings

Meetings conducted by the peer review panel occurred in November and December 2016. They included an initial, in-person meeting, which included a field trip to sites on the bay and river, as well as web-based teleconferences facilitated from the District’s Brooksville office. Details about the peer review panel’s work is accessible through the Web Forum.

Outreach Activities

Staff has been meeting with residents, community groups, elected officials, local governments and other stakeholders to communicate the recommended minimum flow and to solicit feedback. District staff will provide an overview of the recommended minimum flow for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System for review and comment during a public workshop outlined below.

  • April 27, 2017: 5 p.m. Ask-an-Expert Open House; 5:45 p.m. presentation starts; followed by public comments, Crystal River Middle School Auditorium, 344 N.E. Crystal St., Crystal River, FL 34428

Tentative Schedule

During the March 28, 2017 District Governing Board meeting, the Peer Review Report and the District response will be presented as a submit and file report. The public comment period closes May 23, 2017. The tentative schedule is outlined below.

  • January-May 2017: Stakeholder outreach and meetings
  • March 28, 2017: District Governing Board meeting – Submit and file report item on the peer review and staff response to the peer review
  • April 27, 2017: Public workshop starts at 5 p.m. with Ask-an-Expert Open House; presentation starts at 5:45 p.m.; followed by public comments – Crystal River Middle School Auditorium, 344 N.E. Crystal St., Crystal River, FL
  • May 23, 2017: District Governing Board meeting – Discussion item and request to approve staff minimum flow recommendation
  • May–June 2017: Rulemaking (includes, among other things, public notices, 21-day public comment period, legislative committee review, public hearing, if any, and rule filing — visit Online Sunshine’s rulemaking process for details)
  • July 1, 2017: Minimum Flow must be adopted

 
 
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