District to Hold Public Workshop on Priority List and Schedule for the Establishment of Minimum Flows and Levels

News Release

The "Southwest Florida Water Management District":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/ (District) is soliciting stakeholder input on the annual update of the Priority List and Schedule for the Establishment of Minimum Flows and Levels. A workshop will be held at the District's Tampa Service Office, 7601 Highway 301 North on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Minimum flows and levels are limits set 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. Reservations set aside water from withdrawals for the protection of fish and wildlife or public health and safety. The Priority List identifies water bodies for which the District plans to establish minimum flows and levels and reservations.

Written comments on the draft Priority List and Schedule are welcome and may be submitted to Doug Leeper, Chief Advisory Environmental Scientist with the District's Water Resources Bureau via email at "doug.leeper@watermaters.org ":doug.leeper@watermaters.org or by U.S. Mail at 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida, 34604-6899 no later than October 15, 2014.

The current Priority List and Schedule is posted on the District's Minimum Flows and Levels (Environmental Flows) Documents and Reports web page at: "watermatters.org":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/. The draft FY2015 Priority List and Schedule will be made available at the same web page on September 19, 2014.

This workshop can also be accessed remotely via conference call and on-line through Cisco WebEx Meetings. For instructions, please visit "watermatters.org/calendar":http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/calendar/2014/10/ and click on the meeting agenda.