Public Invited to Kickoff Meeting for the Withlacoochee River Minimum Flows Study
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a kickoff meeting on Thursday, March 1 at 5 p.m. at the Ridge Manor Community Center located at 34240 Cortez Blvd. in Ridge Manor. The purpose of the meeting is to gather feedback about the upcoming development of the minimum flows for the upper and middle Withlacoochee River.
Minimum flows protect rivers, streams and springs from impacts associated with groundwater and surface water withdrawals. They are one tool used by the District when considering requests for water withdrawals and for future water supply planning. This multi-year study will establish limits on how much water can be withdrawn from the river for human use and protect the river from significant harm.
This kickoff meeting will provide an opportunity for local governments, residents, landowners and others to provide input and guidance as this multi-year study begins. The meeting will start with an open house until 5:45 p.m. when a panel of experts will lead a presentation and discussion. The open house will continue after the presentation until 7 p.m.
For more information regarding the upcoming minimum flows study, please contact Kym Holzwart, senior environmental scientist, at 1-800-423-1476, ext. 4295.