SEPTEMBER 1977 JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT, CORPS OF ENGINEERS
This issue of the Four River Basins (FRB) Water Resources Management Study (WRMS)
Public Information Fact Sheet will present the following:
1. A summary of the contract work performed by Geraghty & Miller, Inc.
2. Current ongoing contract work.
3. Update on FRB WRMS Coordination Committee meetings.
4. Next scheduled public meeting on FRB WRMS.
5. List and prices of contract results available for purchase.
HYDROLOGIC AND ENGINEERING EVALUATION COMPLETED
During the past year, the major major water supply demand areas
effort of the study has been to evalu- needing municipal water for the
ate many possible ways of meeting the year 2035. Present demands evaluated
year 2035 municipal water needs of the at the base year of 1975 are being met
study area. In May, the "Hydrologic with existing supply facilities.
and Engineering Evaluation of the Four
River Basins Area" by Geraghty and The alternative plans were designed
Miller, Inc., was distributed for re- for the projected increase in municipal
view and comments to nearly 100 offi- water demand, that is, the projected
cials of Federal, state and local 2035 demand less the existing 1975 de-
agencies. The purpose of the report mand. This increase is shown below:
is to present, evaluate and provide
preliminary cost estimates of several Area Description MGD
alternative water resources plans. (Million Gallons
As described in the Hydrologic and I Pinellas West Pasco 150
Engineering Evaluation Report, Volume I, II Tampa-S. Hillsborough 100
by Geraghty & Miller, Inc,, there are III Bradenton 35
four principal alternatives to supply IV Sarasota 65
water to demand areas. There are five V Port Charlotte 30
The four principal alY/natives are Area (65 MGD). "he farthest well field
piping of excess surface f w, ground- would be midway between Ona and Ft.
water well field development, excess Green. The next well field is in the
surface water storage, and injection of Horse Creek site. The nearest well
excess surface flow into the aquifer field is in the Long and Ogleby Creeks
for retrieval. The four schemes con- site. The three well fields would be
stitute 15 independent alternative connected by pipeline to the existing
plans. These are discussed below. Each Verna WF to supply the Sarasota area.
one of the plans can supply only par-
EXCESS SURFACE WATER STORAGE
tially the required demand or, in com-
bination, could supply the total five 7. Tampa Bypass Canal (15 MGD). The
area increased demand of 380 MGD. plan would provide water supply to the
*GROUNDWATER WELL FIELD DEVELOPMENT Tampa Reservoir during dry conditions.
Part of the Tampa Bypass Canal, upstream
1. Piping water table aquifer water to of S-162, would capture aquifer flow and
Port Charlotte from Telegraph Swamp be pumped and diverted into the Hills-
(30 MGD). The plan could be accomp- borough River. The desired elevation
lished in two fashions: (1) a catch- would be at 15.0 ft., m.s.l. If pumping
ment area (44,800 acres) will inter- were to be done year long, to prevent in-
cept 15 percent of the average annual creased salinity intrusion especially at
precipitation since the pumped water S-160, water that has undergone advanced
will essentially come from surface wastewater treatment at Hooker's Point
water runoff (not the deep aquifer), treatment facility will be piped up-
or (2) locate 60 wells, spaced at 1,000 stream of S-160 to maintain a higher
feet between wells, over 1,860 acres than 10 ft., m.s.l., head. S-160 would
for the ll11 field alone, require modification. The higher bend
2. Linear well field to Pinellas-West will act as a fresh water barrier and
Pasco Area (150 MGD). The plan would convert the reach between S-160 and
consist of tapping the Floridan Aquifer S-162 from a discharge area to a re-
upgradient (geohydrologically) of the charge area. Envirnriental impact
coastal springs with wells spaced at assessment will center around salt in-
5,000 feet apart. Water would be de- trusion at the lower (10 ft., m.s.l.)
livered to Eldridge-Wilde WF. level and the question concerning water
ni11alit will be a ddrecsed.
3. Clustered linear well field to
Pinellas-West Pasco Area (150 MGD). 3. Tie FlshIawk Creek site on the
"The plan consists of five component Alaffi River wu,:ld provide 41 MMD to
well fields spaed equally apar-. Water a considered treatment facility at
eln, 1 U7 I Twenty-five MGD wou.ild be
would be delivered to Eldridge-Wilde F W uma. Twenty-five MD would be
treated at Wimauma and distributed to
4. Well field in Little Withlacoochee the South Hillsborough Area. The re-
Flood Detention Area (FDA) to Tampa- mining untreated 16 MGD would be pro-
South Hillsborough Area (100 MGD). vided for treatment to the Lake Manatee
Twenty-five wells spaced 1,000 feet water treatment plant for distribution
apart would be located in the Little to the Bradenton area. Water quality
Withlacoochee FDA. The system wquld be will be evaluated in the Alafia River.
connected to the existing Cypress Cr,.-k
connected to the existing Cypress Cr 9. The Charlie-Limestone Creeks site
WF and then delivered to the City of
Tamp for further distribute 25 MD on the Peace River would provide 54
Tampa for further distribution (25 MGD
SArea). MGD of which 30 MGD would be piped to
to South Hillsborough Area).
the Port Charlotte Area and 24 MGD to
5. Well field in southwestern Polk the Verna WF for treatment and supply
County to Lake Manatee (35 MGD). The to the Sarasota Area. Water quality
14 wells, spaced 1,000 feet apart, will be evaluated in the Peace River.
would deliver water supply to the Bra- 10. The Horse Creek site would sun-
denton Area. plement the above plan (No. 11) with
"14 MGD to be piped along with the
6. Three well fields to supply Sarasota 24 MGD to the Verna WF.
PIPING OF EXCESS SURYF'- FLOW solutions E r such problems are avail-
able, and most probably will involve
11. Piping excess surface flow of the e nean of war ro ara
the conveyance of water from areas
Suwannee River (350 MGD). The pipe-
ne i having a surplus to areas having a de-
line would begin at Fannin on the Suwan- ficiency. The successful implementa-
ficiency. The successful implementa-
nee River and would flow southward to
tion of the solutions ultimately de-
demand areas I-IV. The four areas
d spends on economic, environmental, and
could combine funds and construct one
Sconsociopolitical constraints in other
major pipeline, thereby reducing costs.,
words, the problems are not purely
Supply may be to Eldridge-Wilde Well
of a scientific or engineering nature,
Field (WF) in Area I, City of Tampa in ni
but are essentially people and money
Area II, Lake Manatee in Area III andpr
the City of Sarasota in Area IV.
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND
12. Piping excess surface flow from INSTITUTIONAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND
Lake Rousseau (350 MGD). Singular EVALUATION OF RECREATION RESOURCES OF
pipelines or a joint pipeline could be ALTERNATIVE WATER RESOURCES PLANS
constructed. The plan is basically
identical to Suwannee River excess A contract has recently been
flow piping plan except for source awarded to the consulting firm of
location. Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern of
INJECTION OF EXCESS SURFACE FLOW INTO Roanoke, Virginia. The firm has an
THE AQUIFER (Grounidwater stor:-ge and office in West Palm Beach, Florida.
retrieval) The impact assessment and recreation
evaluation will be performed on the
i3. Lake -anaitee (35 MGD). The plan 15 alternative plans described in the
calls for a diversion structure at Hydrologic and Engineering Evaluation.
Lake Manatee and piping! of the w 'ter to Two additional plans Lower Hills-
an injection-recovery facility -"arby. borough FDA and Green Swamp FDA will
Only excess surface water would be in- also be assessed and evaluated.
14. Tatum Sawgrass (60 MGD). The Ta- T': general objective of the
tum Sawgriass site on the Myakka River contract is to measure and describe
will act as an excess surface-water de- (quantitatively and qualitatively)
tention site and provide water for in- lhe economic, social, environmental
section near the Sarasota area. and institutional impacts and evaluate
recreation resources of the alternative
15. The Charlie and Limestone Creeks water resources management plans. The
site (30 MGD) on the Peace River will results will indicate the most feasible
act as an excess surface-water detent-ion 'nes for implementation or further
site and provide water for injection st -1
near the Port Charlotte area.
aFRB IrIS COORDINATION COMMITTEE MEETS
All injection plans will be
evaluated with respect to water quality. The Coordinationi Committee met for
thie third time in Brooksville, 'lorida,
The following is an excerpt from at the Southwest Florida Water Mianage-
the summary, conclusions and recon,- rnt District. The Corps of Engineers
mendations chapter in the Hydrologic presented the status of the study, sum-
and Engineerin0; Evaluation. marized the alternative water resources
plans developed in the Hydrologic and
"Despite the availability of suffi- Engineering Evaluation, and presented
cient surface-water and ground-water highlights of the scope of work for
resources to meet the projected water- the impact assessment and recreation
supply demands of the population to contract.
the year 2035, localized water short-
ages undoubtedly will occur and water The next meeting of the Coordina-
quality problems will probably develop. tion Committee is tentatively scheduled
However, hydrologic and engineering for November 1977.
*PUBLIC MEETING ON FRB WRMS both present ai. future conditions.
Public meetings are tentatively 2. Land Use Map Atlas, Four River
scheduled for October 11, 12 and 13 in Basins Area, by Roy F. Weston, Inc.
Tampa, Sarasota, and Inverness, respec- ($43.00). Supplements the Economic
tively. Notices of meetings will be Base Study and depicts land use for
mailed using the Public Information 1975, 1985 and 2035.
Fact Sheet mailing list. 3. Hydrologic and Engineering Evalua-
SCONTRACT WORKS AVAILABLE tion, Four River Basins Area, by
Geraghty & Miller, Inc., and Reynolds,
The following reports may be pur- Smith and Hills (Vol. I Report $6.00,
chased for the cost of printing. Checks Vol. II Appendices $16.00). Evaluates
should be made payable to U. S. Treas- and presents preliminary cost estimates
urer and sent to the Department of the of several alternative water resources
Army, U. S. Army Engineer District, management plans.
Jacksonville, P. O. Box 4970, Jackson-. Lit e S ch o r
4. Literature Search of Environmental
ville, Florida 32201. The title of the
Elements Four River Basins Area, by
reports should be referenced.
SGulf South Research Institute ($11.00).
1. Economic Base Study, Four River Presents existing environmental setting
Basins Area, by Roy F. Weston, Inc. in the study area. Includes history,
($30.00). Establishes water demands for archeology and recreation information.
.. on the Four River Basins Water Resources Management Study
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