HMinutes of the Dlcpa,-u 'cnt .
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July 18, 1972 ..
ADDENDUM Item 22 Division oE Interior Resources
Upon motion by Mr. Dick].in;on, secondeld ]v Mr. Stone, and without
objection, the rule s wore waive -nd -nddlndm itrm 22 wa cons i.dred.
The said item was a staff request to author i ze. th Florida Power
and Light Compa.ny to capture, store and use water in excess oF 40
cubic feet per second from the Little Manatee River at a point near
Wimauma, Florida, in order to maintain a 4,000 acre cooling pond .
for use as condenser cooling water in a proposed 1,700 megawatt power
plant for Manatee County.
This staff request was made pursuant to Section 373.141, Florida
Statutes, which authorizes the capture, storage, and use of water
of any water course only in excess of average minimum flow at the
point of capture. The Little Manatee River at the point of diversion
of the water to the 4,000 acre cooling pond has a low average flow
of approximately 22 cubic feet per second; however, in order to
provide sufficient flow to maintain an ecological balance in the river
beyond the point of capture-, the staff has set 40 cubic feet per
second as a minimum flow below which no water may be diverted.
The amount of water that will be diverted is estimated to be approxi-
mately 13% of the average annual flow of the river at the point of
The envirc.imental impact statement covering Florida Power and
Light Company's project has been coordinated by the State Planning
and Development Clearinghouse with the environmental agencies. The
Department has received a copy of a letter dated July 12, 1972, from
the Clearinghouse to Mr. Norris R. Kincaid, Director, Department
of Environmental Affairs, Florida Power and Light Company, indicating-
that the environmental statement covering the project has been
coordinated with the environmental agencies. (A copy of this letter
has been attached as a part of these minutes.)
Mr. Christian moved approval, seconded by Mr. Dickinson.
Dr. Robert O. Vernon, Director of the Division of Interior
Resources, st ated that he had just that morni.nq rec.ivod a lettr
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ADDENDUM Item 22 Division of Interior Resources
the staff had considered thie measurement of flow of water at the point
of diversion upstream from a monitoring station which the Department
had maintained for approximately sixteen years--and the base lev el
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of that flow (for the lowest monthly readings for five months in a
ten-year period) being about 20 second feet, the staff had recommended
that tlhe power company take this down no lower than 40 second feet,
which would mean that the remainder of the river all the way down
to the Bay would have twice the flow of record it would normally have.
The staff had computed that this is sufficient water to maintain the-
ecoloQv and hydrolo-,y of the area down below that point of diversion.
The company would be skimming off that part above 40 second feet for
1 only three or four months in a year, Dr. Vernon expl .'ined, and the rest
of the time the stream would be untouched.
There being no further discussion on the matter, Mr. Christian's
motion to approve carried unanimously. This authorization was
granted to the Florida Power and Light Company with tte understanding
that.the company will be subject to those Rules and Regulations
developed by the Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to
Section 373.171, Florida Statutes.
(A dredge permit involving this project was approved this date
on the agenda of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.)
There being no further business, the meeting was-adjourned.
GOVER',OR AND ClHAIRMAN
EXECUTIVE DIR SECTOR