The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a public workshop Tuesday, June 11, to share information about the proposed minimum flow reevaluations for the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa River Systems. The meeting will take place at the College of Central Florida, Citrus Campus, Citrus Conference Center Building C4, located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto.
The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. with an open-house style allowing the public to arrive at their convenience to view posters and talk with staff about the reevaluations. Staff will give a presentation about the proposed minimum flows at 5:30 p.m. followed by public comment. Attendees are welcome to submit a comment card during the meeting to provide written feedback.
Minimum flows and levels are limits established by the District Governing Board, and required by state law, to protect water bodies from harm caused by ground and surface water withdrawals. Minimum flows for these systems were adopted in 2013 and scheduled for reevaluation in 2019 to allow the District to use updated data and improved models.
Draft reports summarizing the proposed minimum flow reevaluations are available for review and are posted on the District’s website at WaterMatters.org. For more information, please contact Gabe Herrick, Ph.D., senior environmental scientist with the District’s Springs & Environmental Flows Section at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4275.
Written comments regarding the minimum flows are welcome and can be submitted via mail or email to Gabe Herrick, at 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 or Gabe.Herrick@WaterMatters.org.