SEPTEMBER 1977 JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT, CORPS OF ENGINEERS
This issue of the Four River Basins (FRB) Water Resources Management Study (WRMS)
lPublJc Information Fact Sheet will present the following:
1. A sunummry 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
effort of the study has been to ev.lu-
ate many possible ways of meeting the
year 2035 municipal water needs of the
study area. In May, the "Hydrologic
and Engineering Evaluation of the Four
River Basins Area" by Geraghty and
Miller, Inc., was distributed for re-
view and comments to nearly 100 offi-
cials of Federal, state and local
agencies. The purpose of the report
is to present, evaluate and provide
preliminary cost estimates of several
alternative water resources plans.
As described in the Hydrologic and
Engineering Evaluation Report, Volume I
by Geraghty & Miller, Inc,, there .rev
four prielipal alto inat Ives to :;uipply
wv.ter to dtiemand ar<,>. 'Thol'r are l ve
major water supply demand areas
needing municipal water for the
year 2035. Present demands evaluated
at the base year of 1975 are being met
with existing supply facilities.
The alternative plans were designed
for the projected increase in municipal
water demand, that is, the projected
2035 demand less the existing 1975 de-
mand. This increase is shown below:
Pinellas West Pasco 150
Tampa-S. Hillsborough 100
Bradent on 35
S; raoot a 65
Port Charlotte 30
The four principal alternatives are
piping of excess surface flow, ground-
water well field development, excess
surface water storage, and injection of
excess surface flow into the aquifer
for retrieval. The four schemes con-
stitute 15 independent alternative
plans. These are discussed below. Each
one of the plans can supply only par-
tially the required demand or, in Com-
bination, could supply the total five
area increased demand of 380 MGD.
GROUNDWATER WELL FIELD DEVELOPMENT
1. Piping water table aquifer water to
Port Charlotte from Telegraph Swamp
(30 MGD). The plan could be accomp-
lished in two fashions: (1) a catch-
ment area (44,800 acres) will inter-
cept 15 percent of the average annual
precipitation since the pumped water
will essentially come from surface
water runoff (not the deep aquifer),
or (2) locate 60 wells, spaced at 1,000
feet between wells, over 1,860 acres
for the well field alone.
2. Linear well field to Pinellas-West
Pasco Area (150 MGD). The plan would
consist of tapping the Floridan Aquifer
upgradient (geohydrologically) of the
coastal springs with wells sp,.aced Iat
5,0(0 feet apart. Water would be de-
liv-red to Eldridge-Wildc WF.
3. Clustered linear well ficld to
Pinellas-West Pasco Area (150 MD).
The plan consists of five component
well fields spaced equally apa.rt. Water
would be delivered to Lldrid~g,,-Wilde WI.
4. Well field in Li.ttle Withll lco(chtee
Flood Detention Area (FDA) to I'ampa-
South llill sborough Area (100 MU;)).
Twenty-five wells spaced 1,000 feet
apart would be located in the Little
Withlacoochee FDA. The system would be
connected to the existing Cypress Creek
WF and then delivered to the City of
Tampa for further distribution (25 MGD
to South Hillsborough Area).
5. Well field in southwestern Polk
County to Lake Manatee (35 MGD). The
14 wells, spaced 1,000 feet aparr,
- would deliver water supply to the Bra-
dent on Area.
6. Three well iIetlda t.o v;upplv Sanr,-;ot1a
Area (65 MGD). The farthest well field
would be midway between Ona and Ft.
Green. The next well field is in the
Horse Creek site. The nearest well
.field is in the Long and Olgleby Creek::
site. The'three well field: would he
connected by pipeline to the'existing
Verna WF to supply the Sarasota area.
EXCESS SURFACE WATER. STORAGE
7. Tampa Bypass Canal (15 MGD). The
plan wobud provide water supply to the
Tampa Reservoir during dry conditions.
Part of the Tampa Bypass Canal, upstream
of S-162, would capture aquifer flow and
be pumped and diverted into the Hills-
borough River. The desired elevation
would be at 15.0 ft., m.s.l. If pumping
were-to be done year-longT-to preven-in-
creased salinity intrusion especially at
S-160, water that has undergone advanced
wastewater treatment at Hooker's Point
treatment facility will be piped up-
stream of S-160 to maintain a higher
than 10 ft., m.s.l., head. S-160 would
require modification. The higher head
will act as a fresh water barrier and
convert the reich between S-160 and
S-162 from a discharge area to a re-
charge area. Environmental impact
assessment will center around salt in-
trusion at the lower (10 ft., m.s.l.)
level and the question concerning water
quality will be addressed.
8. The I'ishhawk Creek site on tbh
Alafia River would provide 41 M1D) to
a considered treatment facility at
Wimniuma. Twenty-five MCDl would be
t related at Wimauma and distributed to
the South illsborough Area. The re-
maining untreated 16 MCD would be pro-
vided for treatment to the Lake Manatee
water treatment plant for distribution
to the Bradenton area. Water quality
will be evaluated in the Alafia River.
9. The"Charlie-Limestone Creeks site
on the Peace River would.provide 54.
MGD of which 30'MGD would be piped to
the Port Charlotte Area and 24 MGD to
the Verna WF for treatment'and supply
to the Sarasota Area. Water quality
will be evaluated in the Peace River.
10. The llorse Creek site would suin-
pl ement Lhe above 'plin (No. 11) wilt
14l MOD t:o bf pi ped a;iong wIth the
24 NI I;D to the Verna WF.
*PIPING OF EXCESS SURFACE FLOW
11. Pipiing excess surface Ylow of the
Suwannee River (350 MGD). The pipe-
line would begin at Fannin on the Suwan-
nee River and would flow southward to
demand areas I-IV. The four areas
could combine funds "nd construct one
major pipeline, thereby reducing costs.
Supply may be to Eldridge-Wilde Well
Field (WF) in Area I, City of Tampa in
Area II, Lake Manatee in Area III and
the City of Sarasota in Area IV.
12. Piping excess surface flow from
Lake Rousseau (350 MGD). Singular
pipelines or a joint pipeline could be
constructed. The plan is basically
identical to Suwannee River excess
flow piping plan except for source
INJECTION OF EXCESS SURFACE FLOW INTO
THE AQUIFER (Grouhdwater storage and
13. Lake Manatee (35 MGD). The plan
cal l; for a diversion structure at
Lake Manatee and piping of the water to
an injection-recovery facilitv nearby.
Only excess; surface water would he In-
14. Tatum Sawgrass (60 MGI)). The Ta-
turn Sawgrass site on the Myakka River
will act as an excess surface-wiat r de-
tention site and provide water for in-
jection near the Sarasota area..
15. The Charlie and Limestone Creeks
site (30 MGD) on the Peace River will
act as an excess surface-water detention
:site.and provide water for injection--
near the Port Charlotte area.
All injection plans will be
evaluated with respect to water quality.
The following is an excerpt from
the summary, conclusions and recom-
mendations chapter in the Hydrologic
and Engineering Evaluation.
"Despite the availability of suffi-
cient surface-water and ground-water
resources to meet the projected water-
supply demands of the population to
Sthe year 2035, localized water short-
ages undoubtedly will occur and water
quality problems will probably develop.
However, hvdrologic and e.ngi, n'er in u
solutions for such problems are avail-
able, and most probably will involve
the conveyance of water from areas
having a surplus to areas having a de-
ficiency. .The successful implementa-
tion of the solutions ultimately de-
pends on economic, environmental, and
sociopolitical constraints in other
words, the problems are not purely
of a scientific or engineering nature,
but are essentially people and money
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND
INSTITUTIONAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND
EVALUATION OF RECREATION RESOURCES OF
ALTERNATIVE WATER RESOURCES PLANS
A contract has recently been
awarded to the consulting firm of
Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern of
Roanoke, Virginia. The firm has an
office in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The impact assessment and recreation
evaluation will be performed on the
15 alternative plans described in the
Hydrologic and Engineering Evaluation.
Two additLonal plans Lower Ilillc-
borough FDA and Green Swamp FDA will
;also be n:;sessed and eva;luated.
The general objective of the
contract is to measure and describe
(quantitatively and qualitatively)
the economic, social, environmental
;and institutional impacts and evaluate
recreation resources of the alternative
water resources management plans. The
results will indicate the most feasible
'ones for implementation or further
al'RB WRMS COORDINATION COMMIITTEE MEETS
The Coordinatioi: Commi ttee ;!eti for
the third time in Brooksville, Vlorida,
at the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District. The Corps of Engineers
presented the status of the study, sum-
marized the alternative water resources
plans developed in the Hydrologic and
Engineering Evaluation, and presented
highlights of the scope of work for
the impact assessment and recreation
The next meeting of the Coordina-
tion Committce is tentatively scheduled
for NovLenb1er 1977.
PUBLIC MEETING ON FRB WRMS
Public meetings are tentatively
scheduled for October 11, 12 and 13 in
Tampa, Sarasota, and Inverness, respec-
tively. Notices of meetings will be
mailed using the Public Information
Fact Sheet mailing list.
CONTRACT WORKS AVAILABLE
The following reports may be pur-
chased for the cost of printing. Checks
should be made payable to U. S. Treas-
urer and sent to the Department of the
Army, U. S. Army Engineer District,
Jacksonville, P. O. Box 4970, Jackson-
ville, Florida 32201. The title of the
reports should be referenced.
1. Economic Base Study, Four River
Basins Area, by Roy F. Weston, Inc.
($30.00). Establishes water demands for
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Water Resources Management Study
Alan J. Lauwaprt (904) 79L-3506, or Mann C. Davis (904) 791-3594
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U. S. ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, JACKSONVILLE
P. O. BOo 4970
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32201
PENALTY FOR PRIVATE USE. $300
MR, GLEN SCH4AEFER
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4CACDIA, FL, 33821
POSTAGE ANU FEES PAID
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
both present and future conditions.
2. Land Use Map Atlas, Four River
Basins Area, by Roy F. Weston, Inc.
($43.00). Supplements the Economic
Base Study and depicts land use for
1975, 1985 and 2035.
3. Hydrologic and Engineering Evalua-
tion, Four River Basins Area, by
Geraghty & Miller, Inc., and Reynolds,
Smith and Hills (Vol. I Report $6.00,
Vol. II Appendices $16.00). Evaluates
and presents preliminary cost estimates
of several alternative water resources
4. Literature Search of Environmental
Elements Four River Basins Area, by
Gulf South Research Institute ($11.00).
Presents existing- environmental-setting--
in the study area. Includes history,
archeology and recreation information.