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NEWS RELEASE January 25, 1982
MEETING & HEARING
Lake Panasoffkee will be the topic of an informational workshop and public hearing scheduled
by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The meetings will center around regulatory
levels proposed by the' District staff for the 4460-acre lake. Located about seven miles north of
Bushnell, Lake Panasoffkee is in the Sumter County portion of Southwest's Withlacoochee River
The workshop will begin at 7:30 p.m. on February 1 in Room 204 of the Sumter County
Courthouse, located at 400 N. Florida Avenue, in Bushnell. It will be followed on February 22
by a public hearing at the same time and location.
Wm. O. Stubbs, Jr., Chairman of the Withlacoochee River Basin Board and Vice Chairman
of the District Governing Board will chair the workshop and serve as hearing officer.
An audio/visual presentation detailing the objectives and operation of Southwest's lake level
program will be shown during the workshop. The staff will also discuss the levels proposed for
Lake Panasoffkee, receive comments and suggestions and answer any questions the public may
Southwest's program of establishing regulatory lake levels was initiated in 1971. It is designed
to provide guidelines and a common reference for property owners and local planning and zoning
boards in evaluating lakeside development proposals. Once established, the levels also provide
information used in the District's permitting activities and in setting fluctuation schedules. The
latter function is particularly important on lakes like Panasoffkee where a water control structure
-Wysong Dam- affects the lake level. By following a fluctuation schedule, the District can
operate the structure to vary water levels in much the same manner Nature would if there were
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no structure. This is beneficial to the lake, as it allows bottom sediments to oxidize, thereby
increasing the dissolved oxygen content of the water and encouraging the growth of desirable
vegetation and wildlife.
Several lakes within the 16-county District have been on fluctuation schedules for a number
of years, and studies show the concept is valid. Each lake's schedule is uniquely designed to suit
its particular locale and is established so that the lake remains at a "normal" level much of the
Anyone who needs further information on the Lake Panasoffkee meetings, or on another
aspect of Southwest's lake level program, is urged to contact the District's Environmental Section
by phoning (904)796-7211.