110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Nov 26, 2013 - 2:30:06pm
A plan for protecting water flows and levels in Blue Spring and in lakes around Volusia County is set to be finished in December.
While the 2013 District Water Supply Plan has been in the making, however, the St. Johns River Water Management District has already been looking at ways to protect the water levels, which in turn protect plant and aquatic animal life, including the manatees that visit the run at Blue Spring in the winter to escape the open river's colder water.
A regime of minimum flow levels for Blue Spring was put into place by the Water Management District in 2006, and its requirements been extended from 2024 to 2030. The regime requires that groundwater withdrawals be maintained at or below sustainable limits by use of reclaimed water, water-supply projects, and conservation.
Laying pipes to accommodate the use of reclaimed water, as DeLand and other municipalities are doing, along with cost-incentives for customers who reduce their permitted allocations, are part of the Water Management District's strategy.
Note: The draft Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Regional Water Supply Plan is available for public review and comment at www.cfwiwater.com. Comments can be provided online or by mail and email. Details are available on the web page. The comment period will close on Jan. 10, 2014.
A public workshop will be held to discuss the draft plan. The workshop will include a presentation and an informal, open-house format. CFWI experts will be available to answer questions and receive input.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 12
Time: 4–7 p.m., with presentation beginning at 5 p.m.
Location: Clermont Community Center
620 W. Montrose St.
Clermont, FL 34711
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