Item 43 Planning Department staff indicated, “in a perfect world (financially speaking), this extension would not even begin until 2025-2030.” • Thousand Oaks/Trinity Oaks Problem-Solving Task Force (9/10/12) – Due to the recent rains, homeowners in Thousand Oaks and Trinity Oaks raised concerns over water levels rising in their neighborhoods. Pasco County is currently pumping water from the neighborhoods. The County reported that initial survey data is showing that the wetlands in the area are not connected like they had thought and this may complicate any future potential projects. The HOA representatives reported that District staff met with them to look at the maintenance on the stormwater systems. They reported that they have a timeline to perform the needed maintenance. The County also provided a wetland update, stating that Five Mile Creek (owned by Pasco County) is a potential area for wetland mitigation. Pasco County attorneys continue to look at language to address designating the area a Drainage Basin of Special Concern. There are some conflicts due to exemption language in the ordinance that exempts developments with a master drainage plan. C • Lake Jackson Water Levels and Hydrology Public Meeting (09/17/12) – Residents living near Lake Jackson and Little Lake Jackson in Highlands County are concerned the lakes are losing water and there is seepage near the structures. At the request of Representative Denise Grimsley and the Highlands County BOCC, staff from the District, FDOT & FDEP was requested to provide a presentation on Lake Jackson and Little Lake Jackson. Staff from each agency provided an overview of how their agency manages the lake and surrounding areas. Clell Ford of Highlands County gave a brief history of lake levels on Lake Jackson and Little Lake Jackson. District staff explained how the District develops MFLs as determined by state statue and also described what happens after an MFL has been set and further detailed specifics with Jackson/Little Jackson lakes. Dr. Gary Williams provided the results of the Jackson/Little Jackson Watershed Recovery Evaluation. Williams’ primary focus was on the lack of rainfall in the region. Approximately 120 residents attended the presentation and participated in a question and answer session. Many asked how the passage between the two lakes can be dredged for boat traffic. Out of the questions directed to the District, the following required follow-up: (1) District staff will work with the BOCC, Representative Denise Grimsley, and Congressman Tom Rooney to set up an onsite tour of Structure 1 which is the first structure on the Josephine Canal. Residents believe most of the seepage leaving Little Jackson is happening at this County structure and want the District and others to observe the seepage; (2) The District was asked to consider a study that would further investigate the possibility of cracks/seepage (breaks in the hardpan) beyond what has already been studied around both lakes and the Josephine Canal. If a study is to proceed, it should be done through cooperative funding. Congressman Rooney's Aide offered to work with the folks as much as possible to accommodate dredging (financially) between the lakes. • Utility Service Program (9/19/2012) – Members of the District’s Utility Service Program met with the Windstream Utilities Co., in Marion County. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce District staff and explain the Utility Service Program. We discussed District resources that are available to utility operators, Public Supply Annual Reports and per capita rates. Butch Dlouhy, Windstream owner, provided several recommendations regarding the program and the reference manual. • Lakes Bonable, Tiger and Little Bonable MFL Public Workshop (9/27/2012) – District staff presented proposed Minimum Levels for three lakes in Marion County. Approximately 40 people attended the public meeting and asked staff questions pertaining to how the MFL was developed, how existing withdrawals impact water levels and if the District would be augmenting the lake with groundwater. Staff explained the process of developing the MFL including the modeling that was completed which indicated that very little drawdown occurs due to groundwater withdrawals. The lakes are primarily driven by rainfall. Staff also explained the District has no intentions to augment the lake. • Tri-County Water School (9/11/12) – Approximately 70 people attended the Tri-County Water School sponsored by UF/IFAS, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hillsborough County and the District. Participants heard from several speakers regarding current and future challenges for water issues within the region. Participants had numerous questions regarding water use permitting, water quality, public utility rates, bottle water permits and agricultural issues.
Item 43 • Hernando County Chamber of Commerce (9/20/2012) – District staff presented to the Hernando Leadership Steering Committee at their annual meeting of this year’s class of graduates from the program. Graduates are members of the Hernando County business community. They heard presentations regarding the origin of the District, areas of responsibility, surplus lands and water quality programs. Staff Recommendation: This item is provided for the Committee’s information, and no action is required. Presenter: David T. Rathke, Chief of Staff