PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 24, 2020 — The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts, on the draft 2020 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.
WHAT: Joint public workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts on each agency’s draft 2020 minimum flows and levels and water reservations priority lists and schedules.
WHEN: Sept. 1, 2020
WHERE: Webinar: //bit.ly/33rrHKo
Phone: 1-786-749-6127, Access Code 478 771 808, then press #.
WHAT: Public workshop on the SJRWMD draft 2020 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.
WHEN: Sept. 4, 2020
WHERE: Webinar: //bit.ly/3gl8X1X
Phone: 1-386-256-1151, Access Code 382 111 881, then press #.
These workshops are an opportunity for District staff to publicly present the draft priority list and adoption schedule and take stakeholder comment.
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 updates its MFLs priority list annually. The priority list is based on the importance of the waters to the state or region and the existence of or potential for significant harm caused by withdrawals to water resources or ecology. It includes waters that are experiencing or may be expected to experience adverse impacts because of existing or future water withdrawals.
About the St. Johns River Water Management District
St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay.