MFLs Public Meetings

Information on upcoming and recent public meetings on the District's Minimum Flows and Levels Program will be consolidated on this page.


Public Meeting - Recommended Minimum Flows for the Lower Peace River

Following the Governor's directions to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a public meeting to discuss and solicit comment on recommended minimum flows for the Lower Peace River will be held electronically via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm.

To join the meeting (Conference ID 838 375 52#) 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/2GjUvvv.  Use of the Chrome browser is recommended for best compatibility with Teams.

For telephone-only participation, dial 1-786-749-6127 and when prompted enter the conference ID: 838 375 52#.

Additional Information

  • The Southwest Florida Water Management District has scheduled a public meeting (webinar) to solicit stakeholder input on recommended minimum flows for the Lower Peace River.
  • Minimum flows are limits beyond which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of the area. Minimum flows are established as rules by the District Governing Board and used in regulatory and planning programs.
  • Recommended minimum flows for the Lower Peace River were summarized in a draft report that was presented to the District Governing Board and made available on the District web site in March 2020. Independent, scientific peer review of the report was conducted from March through June 2020. A revised version of the draft minimum flows report will be posted on the District’s web site prior to the public workshop that has been scheduled for October 29, 2020. All public comment received prior to, during and subsequent to the workshop will be summarized for consideration by the Governing Board. District staff anticipate seeking Board approval for initiation of rulemaking for the proposed minimum flows at the Governing Board meeting scheduled for 12/15/2020.
  • A Lower Peace River /Lower Shell Creek web page that includes links to the draft minimum flows report, a web forum used for the independent, scientific peer review, and other relevant information is available at the District web site at: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/projects/mfls/lower-peace-river/lower-shell-creek.
  • Written comments on the recommended minimum flows for the Lower Peace River are welcome and should be submitted no later than November 30, 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.-only participation, dial 1-786-749-6127 and when prompted enter the conference ID: 838 375 52#.

 


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

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.


Annual Update of the Southwest Florida Water Management District Minimum Flows and Levels Priority List and Schedule - Public Meeting (Webinar)

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, the public meeting for the annual update of the District's Minimum Flows and Level Priority List and Schedule will be held electronically via Microsoft Teams on August 26, 2020 from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

To join the meeting via Teams, please click-on or copy and past the following link in 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/39knER3. Use of 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: 765 147 391#

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 Southwest Florida Water Management District has scheduled a public meeting (webinar) to solicit stakeholder input on the annual update of its priority list and schedule for the establishment of minimum flows and levels.
  • The priority list and schedule identifies water bodies for which the District plans to establish minimum flows and levels.
  • Minimum flows and levels are rules established by the District Governing Board for surface waters and groundwater systems that represent limits beyond which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of the area.
  • Minimum flows and levels are used in District regulatory and planning programs.
  • The current 2019 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 priority list and schedule will be made available at the same web page by August 25, 2020.
  • Written comments on the draft 2020 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.


Peer Review Panel Teleconference

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+1 786-749-6127 United States
Conference ID: 619 330 915#

Consistent with direction provided by Governor DeSantis, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has canceled all nonessential travel and implemented social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, the health of our staff and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to help our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.


Peer Review Panel Teleconference

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+1 786-749-6127 United States
Conference ID: 740 405 097#

Consistent with direction provided by Governor DeSantis, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has canceled all nonessential travel and implemented social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, the health of our staff and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to help our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.


Peer Review Panel Teleconference

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting »

+1 786-749-6127 United States
Conference ID: 694 903 32#

Consistent with direction provided by Governor DeSantis, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has canceled all nonessential travel and implemented social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, the health of our staff and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to help our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.


Peer Review Panel Teleconference

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting »
+1 786-749-6127 United States
Conference ID: 852 057 527#

Consistent with direction provided by Governor DeSantis, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has canceled all nonessential travel and implemented social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, the health of our staff and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to help our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.


Peer Review Panel Teleconference

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting »
+1 786-749-6127 United States, Miami (Toll)
Conference ID: 131 261 057#

Consistent with direction provided by Governor DeSantis, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has canceled all nonessential travel and implemented social distancing to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, the health of our staff and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to help our communities recover from the coronavirus pandemic.