Water-Related News

FWC asks lawmakers for $7M to save Florida’s beloved manatees

VOLUSIA COUNTY – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking state lawmakers for more money to help manatees.

Manatee are among Florida's most popular sea creatures. There are tourist parks dedicated to the gentle giants but a lack of food is now challenging an already threatened population.

“We've had 957 manatee deaths this calendar year and due to that east coast event, this is a record level of mortality,” Gil McRae said.

McRae is director of FWC's research institute and spoke this week before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources appropriations subcommittee.

At the meeting, McRae asked for $7 million in 2022.

Lake County Water Authority seeking new Executive Director

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LCWA is now accepting applications for the position

The Lake County Water Authority, (LCWA), an independent special taxing district, located in Tavares, Lake County, Florida, is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.

The position requires a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Business Administration, Management or related field; and experience in areas of natural resource planning & management, engineering, computer science, geographic information systems, contract administration, financial, administrative applications, public speaking; or any equivalent combination of related education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job junctions. Technical project management and personnel management experience required.

Submit resume or curriculum vitae (CV) and a completed LCWA application online to: HR@LCWA.org or to the offices of the Lake County Water Authority, 27351 SR 19., Tavares, FL 32778.

SJRWMD approves new Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) priority list

The annually-updated list protects water bodies from harm

FERNANDINA BEACH — The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board today adopted the 2021 Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) priority list, which lays out the agency’s plan for completing and re-evaluating MFLs through 2024.

Establishing minimum flows and levels (MFLs) is an important goal in the District’s work of planning for adequate water supplies for today and for future generations while also protecting the District’s water resources. The District sets MFLs for lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands and springs, updating the list annually.

MFLs define the limits at which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of an area. Establishing MFLs is a requirement of the state Legislature and is required by the state Comprehensive Plan, the water resources implementation rule (formerly state water policy), and a 1996 governor’s executive order for priority water bodies.

The District has established MFLs on 132 water bodies (105 lakes, 14 springs, 6 rivers, and 7 wetlands). A total of 32 MFLs have been re-evaluated.

The Notice of Proposed Rule for Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, Clay and Bradford counties, were approved by the District’s Governing Board on April 13, 2021 and became effective on September 28, 2021.

View the 2021 Minimum Flows and Levels priority list and schedule here.

Read an in-depth article about the District’s MFL program in our online magazine, StreamLines.

Citizen support for LCWA needed at upcoming meetings

The Lake County Water Authority has been committed to conserving, improving, and protecting our lakes in Lake County since 1953. In the past, many of these lakes were considered eutrophic lakes but the Water Authority has made great strides improving them to clean and enjoyable lakes. Working together with other agencies, we have seen improvements in water quality in lakes where the Water Authority has served a pivotal role.

There is an effort to replace our elected board with an LCBCC-appointed board. Please come in support of the Water Authority and its elected Board.

Here are the dates of meetings related to the Proposed Lake County Water Authority Legislation.

Important dates and meetings coming up:

  • October 5th - Lake County BCC/Truenow Workshop – LCWA special dependent district legislation - 2PM to 4PM at the Lake County Agricultural Center auditorium - 1951 Woodlea Rd, Tavares, FL 32778
  • October 6th - The Legislative Lake County Delegation’s Public Meeting for the 2022 Session – 9AM to 1PM at the Venetian Center - 1 Dozier Cir, Leesburg, FL 34748
    Please contact their office at 352-742-6275 or hdist031@myfloridahouse.gov

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