Title: SWFWMD Memorandum. SF-Highlands Ridge, Water Use Caution Area, Highlands Ridge Area Summary with map. Oct. 13, 1989 3p.
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Title: SWFWMD Memorandum. SF-Highlands Ridge, Water Use Caution Area, Highlands Ridge Area Summary with map. Oct. 13, 1989 3p.
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MEMORANDUM


TO: LMB
FR: DAL
DATE: Octob 12, 1989
RE: SF-HIG DS RIDGE
Water Use Caution Area, Highlands Ridge Area


Per your request, here is a summary of the Highlands Ridge Water
Use Caution Area (WUCA) information we received from Ken Kuhl.
Also attached is a map which indicates the general location of
Lykes Bros. Inc. lands within the WUCA.

Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has
designated areas within its boundaries Water Use Caution Areas
(WUCA). These are areas which have indicated long-term
continuing declines in surface water bodies and/or ground water
levels. Recently, the District formed a work group to solicit
input and information from water users within the Highlands Ridge
WUCA. The District also used these work groups to distribute
information to water users in the area regarding new conservation
measures being implemented in the WUCA.

According to tax maps, Lykes Bros. Inc. owns approximately 1,135
acres near Lake Wales in Polk County and approximately 1,825
acres near Lake Placid in Highlands County within the Highland
Ridge WUCA. See attached map for delineation of WUCA and lands
owned by Lykes within the WUCA.

SWFWMD has already implemented the following measures, termed
short-term measures by the District, throughout the entire
Highland Ridge WUCA.

Formed a Highland Ridge WUCA work group.

Prohibited new surface water withdrawals from stressed
lakes.

Implemented a program to phase out existing surface
water permits from stressed lakes within 3 years of
permit renewal.

Implemented a well construction program to ensure
integrity of confining units.











Additional conservation measures are proposed by the District,
but are not yet implemented pending Governing Board approval and
further work group discussion. Some of these proposed, or
mid-term measures, include:

S Requiring conservation plans to be developed during the
CUP application process for all permittees who exceed
100,000 gpd.

S Limit total water use within the WUCA by grandfathering
in all existing permitted water withdrawal amounts and
any withdrawal amounts approved from applications
received within 3 months of adoption of this
conservation measure. No additional withdrawals will
be allowed, though withdrawal amounts may be
transferred to other uses or users.

S Limit total water use within the WUCA by grandfathering
in all existing permitted water withdrawal amounts. No
additional withdrawals will be allowed, though
withdrawal amounts may be transferred to other uses or
users.

Require cumulative impact analysis for each new permit
within the WUCA.

Additionally, SWFWMD will be developing long-term conservation
measures based on further analysis of the water levels in the
area and the results of short-term and mid-term conservation
measures.

I would recommend that Lykes Bros. Inc. spend time reviewing
existing and planned water use within the Highland Ridge WUCA.
They may need to move quickly and request consumptive use permits
from SWFWMD for areas that may not yet be developed.


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