Joint Public Workshop for the Annual Update of Minimum Flows and Levels Priority Lists and Schedules of the SFWMD, SWFWMD, and SJRWMD for the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Planning Area

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – 10:00 am

How To Watch and Participate

Following the Governor’s directions to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, this public workshop will be held electronically via Microsoft Teams.

To join the meeting via Teams, please click-on or copy and paste the following link into your browser and follow the instructions provided at the website: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. Alternatively, you can use this URL to join the meeting: https://bit.ly/33rrHKo. Use of the Chrome browser is recommended for best compatibility with Teams.

To join the meeting by telephone only, dial 1-786-749-6127 and when prompted enter the conference ID: 478 771 808#.

Additional information for this meeting is available in the agenda and from Doug Leeper at doug.leeper@watermatters.org, 1-800-423-1476 (extension 4272) (FL only) or 352-796-7211, extension 4272.

Additional Information

  • The South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District and St. Johns River Water Management District have scheduled a joint public meeting to solicit stakeholder input on each District’s annual update of their priority list and schedule for the establishment of minimum flows and water levels, and water reservations.
    • The priority lists and schedules identify water bodies for which the District’s plan to establish minimum flows and levels, and also identifies planned water reservations.
    • Minimum flows and levels are rules established for surface waters and groundwater systems by a district Governing Board that represent limits beyond which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of the area.
    • Reservations are established by a District Governing Board as rules to set aside water from withdrawals for the protection of fish and wildlife or public health and safety.
    • Minimum flows and levels are used in District regulatory and planning programs.
  • The joint public meeting is being held to discuss each District’s priority list and schedule with a focus on prioritized water bodies in the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Planning Area.
    • The CFWI Planning Area includes Polk, Orange, Osceola, Seminole counties and the southern portion of Lake County, and is a region of the state where the boundaries of three water management districts – the South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and St. Johns River Water Management District – abut.
    • The South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Water Management District and St. Johns River Water Management District are working collaboratively with other agencies and stakeholders to implement consistent water resource planning, water supply development, and water management to address increasing demands on water resources and sustainable groundwater-withdrawal limits.
  • The current 2019 Southwest Florida Water Management District priority list and schedule is posted on the District’s Minimum Flows and Levels (Environmental Flows) Documents and Reports web page at: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/projects/mfl/documents-and-reports.
  • The draft 2020 Southwest Florida Water Management District priority list and schedule will be made available at the same web page by August 25, 2020.

Written comments on the draft 2020 Southwest Florida Water Management District priority list and schedule are welcome and should be submitted no later than September 23, 2020 to: Doug Leeper, MFLs Program Lead with the District’s Natural Systems and Restoration Bureau, via email (doug.leeper@watermatters.org) or by U.S. Mail (2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida, 34604-6899). Doug can also be reached by phone at 1-800-423-1476 or 352-796,7211, extension 4272.

Contact
Doug Leeper, MFLs Program Lead
Environmental Flows and Assessments Section
1-800-423-1476, ext. 4272
352-796-7211, ext. 4272
Location
Online/Teleconference