Title: Establishment of Minimum Flows for the Outlet River of Lake Panasoffkee
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Title: Establishment of Minimum Flows for the Outlet River of Lake Panasoffkee
Alternate Title: SWFWMD Withlacoochee River Basin Board. Work Session. Minutes of the Meeting. Presentation on Establishment of Minimum Flows for the Outlet River of Lake Panasoffkee
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Language: English
Publication Date: August 10, 1982
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 5, Folder 12 ( SF MINIMUM FLOWS AND LEVELS, Volumes 1 and 2 ), Item 15
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Withlacoochee River Basin Board R91SIOS
Southwest Florida Water Management District

Brooksville, Florida August 10, 1982

The Withlacoochee River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management
District met in Workshop Session on Tuesday, August 10, 1982 at 3:20 p.m. in
the Board Room of District Headquarters in Brooksville. The following persons
were present: Charles E. Booth, Secretary; Herbert C. Craig and Dalton F. Newton,
Members; William C. Tatum, Executive Director; W. D. Courser, Linda R. Cannon,
Jay T. Ahern, R. V. McLean, C. H. Miller, W. F. Sietman, Patricia M. Dooris,
J. A. Brooks and Shirley S. White, District Staff; Wyatt M. Walker, former
Board member; Thomas G. Pierce, Peggy Pierce, Loy Harris, Joyce George, Save
Our Lake Panasoffkee; and others.

Secretary Booth called the work session to order.

Presentation on Establishment of Minimum Flows for the Outlet River of Lake Panasoffkee
Mr. Courser presented an outline to the Board and audience setting forth the
procedures required for establishment of minimum flows. He said the methology for
establishing minimum flows will eventually be based upon rule definitions of minimum
flow as to be set forth in Part VIII Rules, F.A.C The existing definitions from
Part 0 and Part I of the Rules are as follows: (1) "The minimum flow means the limit at
which further withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or
ecology of the area". (2) The minimum flow shall be calculated using the best
information available. "When appropriate, minimum flows may be calculated to reflect
seasonal variations. The Governing Board will also consider and at its discretion may
provide for, the protection of non-consumptive uses ." in the establishment of minimum
flows. Mr. Courser stated technical consideration shall be given to the protection
of water resources, natural seasonal fluctuations in water flows, and environmental values
associated with coastal, estuarine, aquatic, and wetlands ecology. He pointed out the
hydrologic factors to be considered include: flow records, including stage/discharge
relationship; velocity and water quality relationships; seasonality of flow; and
relationship of river flows with lake levels. Structural features of water resource
projects that must be considered include: upstream and downstream flows, operational
capabilities of the structure and emergency operations. Mr. Courser said using
technical information, the criteria must be developed based on minimum flows
required to protect'water resources, beginning downstream and proceeding up the river.
Regarding legal aspects, Mr. Courser stated that when Part VIII Rules, F.A.C.,
for establishment of minimum flow are developed, they must be generally applicable to
the whole district and cannot be accomplished until technical criteria are developed.
He pointed out that the Basin Board and the staff must review the rules and
initiate rule proceedings; a proposed rule amendment would then be presented
to the Governing Board and a workshop and public hearing held on the rules of the
minimum rates of flow on particular rivers. Mr. Courser said there are three basic
options the Board may consider: (A) do nothing; CB) wait until rule criteria are
developed and tested before applying them to the Withlacoochee/Panasoffkee area, which
may take several years to complete; and (C) set temporary levels unde" existing rules
and proceed with development of new rule criteria. Mr. Booth stated that to do
nothing as in Option A is not feasible; and that by waiting until rule criteria
are developed and tested as in Option B, too much time would be wasted; therefore,
he said he favored Option C. Mr. Craig concurred with Mr. Booth in that setting

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temporary levels under existing rules and proceeding with development of new rule
criteria would be the proper procedure at this time. Mr. Frenzel, resident on
Lake Henderson, stated he felt more indepth studies on flow and lake levels should
be accomplished on the Withlacoochee River and Lake Tsala Apopka chain of lakes
prior to establishing lake levels and minimum flows. Mrs. Pierce, resident on Lake
Panasoffkee, said she would like to see a reservoir established along the Withlacoochee
River to retain some of the water flowing directly to the Gulf of Mexico. She said water
storage tanks have been constructed in Hillsborough County and suggested that Citrus
County could do the same. Mr. Harris, member of the Save Our Lake Panasoffkee organization,
expressed concern over the inadequacy of the Wysong Dam, and stated that a more
substantial structure could be placed on the Outlet River to maintain levels throughout
the river and lakes. The Board generally agreed to proceed with Option C, setting
temporary levels under existing rules and development of rule criteria, as
expeditiously as possible.
Dr. Dooris advised the Board that a workshop is being scheduled for November and
a hearing in December on setting management levels on the Tsala Apopka chain
of lakes.
The Work Session adjourned at 2:30 p.m.


OCT20 1982

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