The District is identifying and prioritizing recovery options for Lake Wailes, which is an impacted waterbody in the Ridge Lakes area that does not meet its adopted Minimum Flows and Levels.
Staff is working with stakeholders to identify opportunities to recover the lake. Specific project options may include, but are not limited to:
This project is part of the District’s SWUCA Recovery Strategy and the Central Florida Water Initiative. One of the goals of the SWUCA Recovery Strategy is to restore minimum levels of nine of the 10 priority lakes in the Lake Wales Ridge area.
If effective, the process developed for Lake Wailes will be applied to the other Ridge lakes not meeting adopted minimum levels.
Phase I: The District will be working with stakeholders, including the water use permit holders, to identify and prioritize project options for Lake Wailes in Polk County.
Phase II: Conduct technical feasibility of the identified options.
Phase III: Provide conceptual-level design and cost analyses of options.
Phase IV: Coordinate with project partners to develop and initiate a project implementation plan.
Chief Professional Engineer
(352) 796-7211, ext. 4242