Title: Letter re: Thoughts about the Florida Power and Light's
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Title: Letter re: Thoughts about the Florida Power and Light's
Alternate Title: Letter re: Thoughts about the Florida Power and Light's proposed Manatee County power plant by a Biologist.
Physical Description: 2p.
Language: English
Publication Date: June 8, 1976
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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General Note: Box 1, Folder 6 ( FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT CO. - LITTLE MANATEE RIVER ), Item 47
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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June 8, 1972




Mr. Vince Williams, Blologist
Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission
2202 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, Florida 33801

Dear Vince:

Enclosed please find our thoughts about the Florida Power and Light Company's
proposed Manatee County power plant. Larry Brown and I both agree that a more
detailed study is needed to assess the environmental impact of the plant and
reservoir.

Our Alafia River Basin Board disapproved their plans to withdraw forty percent of the
flow of the river (on a long term average) proposed under their original plan. The
current plan for the Willow site would involve withdrawing only thirteen percent of the
river's flow at the pumping station. The size of the reservoir would also be smaller.
Many of the questions we raised in our assessment have been answered by a new report
recently prepared by Florida Power and Light Company.

Three points still need to be examined in more detail. The effect that the withdrawal
of thirteen percent of the average flow of the river will have on fishery resources and
J the Cockroach Bay estuary still need to be evaluated. Perhaps your agency could help
in these two matters. The third point involves the reservoir. Design of a littoral zone
Into the pool could probably enhance its recreational aesthetic value.

The questions I raised are not intended to be in opposition to the project but only to
point out the necessity for proper study before such an undertaking is pursued. I
believe Florida Power and Light should have looked into the environmental impact
of a plant site on salt water and inland locations. After pr-oper study and determination
of the environmental impact at each site, the site with least impact (assuming economics
cc-i jun-ifiably show a need for the plant) should be chosen for project implementation.













Mr. Vince Williams
June 8, 1972
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i The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board has gone on'
record as opposing the use of Florida's diminishing fresh water resources for power
plant cooling.

I hope you wiii find these comments useful

Sincerely yours,



WILLIAM D. COURSER
Biologist

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