Title: Letter to Charles P. Lykes re Highlands Ridge Work Group
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Title: Letter to Charles P. Lykes re Highlands Ridge Work Group
Alternate Title: Letter to Charles P. Lykes, Jr. from Kenneth A. Kuhl re Highlands Ridge Work Group, SWFWMD
Physical Description: 7p.
Language: English
Publication Date: Sept. 20, 1989
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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General Note: Box 5, Folder 2 ( HIGHLANDS RIDGE AREA ), Item 6
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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LYKES BROS INC.

Southern Operating Division
106S.W. CR 721
TELEPHONE Okeechobee, Florida 34974-8918 FLORIDA RANCH
(813) 763-3041 FOREST PRODUCTS
(813) 763-3545 FORESTRY
(813) 763-4332 MACHINERY
SUGARCANE
September 20, 1989





TO: Charles P. Lykes, Jr.

FROM: Kenneth A. Kuhl

SUBJECT: Highlands Ridge Work Group
Southwest Florida Water Management District


The Highlands Ridge Work Group met in Sebring on September 19, 1989 at
5:30 PM. The Lake Wales Ridge, as defined graphically on the attached
map, has been designated a Water Use Caution Area. The District's
justification for this designation is primarily the declining trend of
lake levels on the ridge. Although the District recognizes that many
factors influence area lake levels, the thrust of their concern is the
permitting of additional withdrawals by all users.

The purpose of this meeting is to solicit local input on the three
management alternatives (Mid-term measures). The Short-Term Measures
have already been adopted. The District's recommendation is to stabilize
permitted withdrawals within two critical areas (attached map) located
within the Lake Wales Ridge area. Permitted quantities would be
protected. Requests for additional quantities would most likely be
denied. Our Camp Mack grove is close to the northern most critical area.
For locations outside the two critical areas, but within the Lake Wales
Ridge area, new permit applications would be treated the same as any
request throughout the District. Independent from this proposal, all
District permitting will be evaluated on a watershed basis beginning
October 1, 1989 as per a new rule passed last year. This will mean that
impacts of requested withdrawals will be evaluated not only on neighboring
properties but also on the entire watershed.

The District Board will not vote on this most recent recommendation by
staff for several months. However, all concerns, etc. should be addressed
through the Working Group during the interim. The Working Group will
vote on the proposal in October.


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ITEM 3.A SAFE YIELD OPTIONS FOR MID-TERM MEASURES

HIGHLANDS RIDGE WATER USE CAUTION AREA

The District's Water Use Caution Area (WUCA) program has been
developed in three stages, including short-term, mid-term, and
long-term measures to address the resource problems within each
area.

A. Short-Term Measures
The short-term measures include those actions which have been
identified by District staff which can be implemented
immediately. The short-term measures for the Highlands Ridge
WUCA were reviewed with the Work Group in previous meetings and
are summarized below:

1) Form work group;
2) No new withdrawals from stressed lakes;
3) Cease existing withdrawals from stressed lakes within 3
years of permit renewal;
4) Locate and construct wells to limit impact to lakes;
5) Floridan wells must be constructed to maintain
integrity of the confining unit(s); and
6) Require conservation plans to be developed during the
CUP application process for all permittees who exceed
100,000 gpd.

Measures 1 through 5 are currently being implemented by the
District and measure 6 is scheduled for review and approval by
the District Governing Board at its September meeting.

B. Mid-Term Measures
The mid-term measures are to be those actions which are reviewed
and recommended by the Work Group and ultimately adopted by the
District Governing Board. In the Highlands Ridge area several
potential causes of regional lake level declines have been
identified, including decreased rainfall amounts, drainage, and
growth in water use within the area. The mid-term measures will
necessarily address each of these potential causes, to the extent
practicable.

The purpose of this agenda item is to review and discuss with the
--Work Group potential mid-term measures which address controlling
continued growth in water use within the area by establishing
interim limits on permitted quantities. The objective of these
interim measures will be to stabilize lake level declines within
the area. The following options are offered for discussion
purposes:

1) Permit with an upper limit consisting of all existing
permitted use plus any quantities approved on
applications received within three months of adoption
of this interim measure;
2) Permit with an upper limit consisting of all existing










permitted use at the time of adoption of this interim
measure; or
3) Permit using cumulative impact analysis without an
established upper limit.

Staff will review each of these options in detail, the potential
ramifications of each option, and will solicit Work Group input
on each. The purpose of this discussion will be to identify one
of these options for recommendation to the District Governing
Board.

C. Long-Term Measures
The long-term measures are to be those recommendations which come
about as a result of the District's multi-year detailed
hydrologic investigations within each area. These investigations
are designed to estimate the "safe yield" of each area and are
currently ongoing.





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