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THE FHJLLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE


DEFINITION

The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force (HRGTF), is a coalition of public, private,
regulatory, environmental and corporate organizations and bodies formed to seek and implement
programs for the permanent protection of the natural resources of the upper Hillsborough River
Basin. The intent of HRGTF is not to be another governmental or regulatory body but an action-
oriented, goal-driven group. Upon the completion of its mission, HRGTF can direct or transfer
the monitoring, continued implementation, and resource management of those designated
programs to the proper private or public organizations.


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Force (HRGTF) is to develop
and implement a regional plan for the permanent protection of the Hillsborough River, its
tributaries, headwaters, intermittent streams, recharge areas, wildlife corridors, habitat areas,
adjacent critical uplands, and buffers, with special emphasis on the Upper Hillsborough River
Basin-Green Swamp corridor.


GOALS

1. To identify both threats and opportunities to protect and/or enhance the natural resources
within the basin, to assemble all available data and complete those studies necessary to
fully analyze the affected areas and conditions, to develop alternative solutions and
programs for the protection of the critical areas and habitats, to implement those
protection plans, establish compatible resource management programs and monitoring
systems, and complete this mission by July 31, 1994.

2. To insure the reservation of adequate water resources for conservation and natural
systems.

3. To protect and encourage sustainable land uses within the basin.

4. To protect in perpetuity the open space, habitats, compatible land uses, and recreational
opportunities of the basin.


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OBJECTIVES


1. To complete the protection of the Hillsborough River corridor--from the Upper
Hillsborough River Wildlife Management Area to the Hillsborough River State Park. This
area is presently designated as Riverine Corridor "C" by Save Our Rivers and ranked as
priority for acquisition.

2. To complete the protection of Blackwater Creek--from Cone Ranch to the Hillsborough
River. This area is presently ranked for acquisition by Hillsborough County's
Environmental Lands Acquisition Protection Program (ELAP).

3. To identify all proposed and potential sitings for public utility, transportation, or other
private/public linear projects within the upper Hillsborough River basin. Seek integrated
approach for the sensitive siting, design, construction, and maintenance of linear projects
when need is supportable. Determine the most practicable alternative consistent with the
protection of natural resources within the basin.

4. To explore alternatives for planning, designing, permitting, construction, monitoring, and
management of the proposed Cone Ranch Well Field. To insure the protection of off-site
natural systems, protect and restore the natural systems corridors, and still provide for a
safe and sustainable withdrawal of water.

5. Evaluate the proposed Plant City/C.F. Industries/Two Rivers Ranch water re-use plan, to
insure the compatibility of the proposal with the mission and goals of the HRGTF. If
feasible, utilize the program as a test case for the use of treated waste water for wetlands
reclamation and seek the involvement of other governments.

6. To develop and implement an regional mitigation bank for the restoration, enhancement,
preservation, and management of natural and previously impacted systems within the
basin.

7. To evaluate the existing and proposed resource management programs of both private and
public major land holdings within the basin, and seek the integration and coordination of
both for a more uniform and overall system of resource management.

8. To review, evaluate, and incorporate as appropriate the ELMS Committee
recommendations of December 1992 (including Recommendations 128, 156, 157, 159,
165, 170, 171, and 173)(Attachment 1).

9. To participate in the evaluation of impacts, the identification of protection programs, the
identification of alternatives, and the review of the full documentation of the continued
C.F. Industries operations within the basin.









10. To develop, design, and implement private/public efforts to prove the feasibility and
effectiveness of overall ecosystems management and protection with both regulatory and
incentive based programs.

11. To research and evaluate the feasibility of seeking special designations (e.g. Area of State
Critical Concern, Outstanding Florida Waters, State Canoe Trail) or expansion of the
existing Green Swamp Critical Area into the Hillsborough River Basin.

12. To participate with Florida Greenways in the preparation of its Suncoast Greenway Project
study and assist in meeting the requirements of the US Fish and Wildlife Service grant.

13. To seek the protection of the public water resources of Crystal Springs in both quality and
quantity.

14. To assist Hillsborough County in achieving the Upland Habitat protection target acreage
within the HRGTF area.

15. To assist Hillsborough County with determining the feasibility of implementing a transfer
and sale of development rights program or other incentive programs within the HRGTF
area.

16. To complete the assembly of all available existing public and private studies, data bases,
technical information, and environmental information into a central resource data bank;
to expand and complete those studies deemed necessary; and to make all information
available to the public, governmental, or private organizations seeking technical and
environmental information within the HRGTF area on a true cost basis.

17. To identify, research, and seek public and private alternatives for the long range
protection and management of lands within HRGTF area (e.g. conservation easements,
transfer and sale of development rights)

18. To investigate the applicability and desirability of long range monitoring and scheduled
reporting of the results of the resource management activities of both public and private
programs.

19. To identify compatible and incompatible existing land uses within the HRGTF area and
to seek incentive programs where possible and regulatory solutions where necessary to
convert incompatible uses to compatible uses.

20. Through these objectives and others to be developed, to implement, monitor, and publish
the results of these public/private programs for use by other governmental organizations,
regulatory bodies, and similar coalitions within the State of Florida.

21. Identify potential funding sources to achieve goals and objectices of the Task Force.


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ORGANIZATION


The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force is composed of an elected chairperson, three
elected vice-chairs, individual Task Force members, and support personnel (Attachment 2). Each
vice-chair heads a specific Action Area (Attachment 3). Each organization represented on the
Task Force is encouraged to have one representative within each Action Area. Each Action Area
includes issues which require the formulation of Action Plans (Attachment 4). Support personnel
are provided to the Task Force by the 1000 Friends of Florida and Hillsborough County Planning
and Development Management Department.



RESPONSIBILITIES

THE CHAIRPERSON is given the overall responsibility for guidance and direction of Task Force
efforts. This position serves at the pleasure of the Task Force.

VICE-CHAIRS are assigned to coordinate Action Plans within the three major Action Areas of
the Greenways Project (Attachment 3): 1) Utilities and Infrastructure, 2) Acquisition, Protection
and Management, and 3) Land Use. The vice-chairs report to the Chairperson. They have the
responsibility of overseeing the group efforts to formulate individual Action Plans within their
Action Area (Attachment 3).

TASK FORCE MEMBERS will work on specific Action Plans with the assistance of the vice-
chairs. Their responsibilities are to develop and implement specific Action Plans in a cooperative
fashion, working toward the overall g6al as stated in the INTRODUCTION.

SUPPORT PERSONNEL are provided by 1000 Friends of Florida and by Hillsborough County
Planning and Development Management Department. Their responsibilities are to facilitate the
entire process by providing scientific, planning, and administrative support to the Task Force.
Support Personel will meet weekly with the Chairperson to update the day-to-day progress of the
Task Force work plan.

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE will monitor and oversee the operations of the Task Force and
its work plan via bi-monthly (months the Task Force does not meet) meetings. Initially the
Executive Committee consists of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairs. All Task Force members are
welcome at Executive Committee meetings.


OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES

The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force is a coalition of private, public, regulatory,
environmental and corporate organizations and bodies that have come together to develop a
consensus regarding the creation and preservation of the natural resources and ecosystem









connections of the Upper-Hillsborough River Basin-Green Swamp Corridor. The Task Force
does not constitute a public body. It is not subject to Sunshine requirements, but will, in keeping
with an overall philosophy of conducting business in a manner consistent with the public interest,
agree to post notice of meetings of the Task Force in advance of such meetings. The Task Force
will invite the public media to attend all meetings. Support personnel will develop, with
assistance from the Chairperson, an agenda for each Task Force meeting, and provide this to Task
Force members, media, and interested public. Support Personnel will keep minutes of each Task
Force meeting. These will be available to interested parties.

The Task Force will conduct its business in an open, cooperative, and consensus building manner.
It will be the Task Force's policy to make decisions through consensus whenever possible rather
than traditional majority voting. In cases (to be determined by the Executive Committee) when
a vote is necessary to the progress of the Task Force's work products all attending members may
vote. However, the Executive Committee will have the discretion to require that each
organization be entitled to only one vote. If so, the individuals members of each organization
should choose a voting representative. To avoid conflicts of interest, those individuals or
organizations that are working on a consultant basis for a represented organization may not cast
a separate vote (or: should consider not casting a vote).

When helpful or necessary, meetings will follow as closely as practicable Robert's Rules of
Order. Protocol at Task Force meetings will be governed by the basic tenets of communication,
coordination, and cooperation.

Active participation by all Task Force members is urged. In the event a member knows he/she
will be unable to attend a Task Force meeting, that member is requested to inform Task Force
support personnel. Failing that, the Task Force member is requested to contact the Chairperson.

Task Force meetings will be held at a variety of locations. Task Force members will be given
advance notice concerning locations, dates, times, and any special instructions.


WORK PLAN

The following Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force Work Plan Outline has been prepared
for the Upper Hillsborough River Basin-Green Swamp corridor. Outlined are the proposed work
efforts (I IX) that will comprise a regional plan. The purpose of the regional plan is to protect
through public and private management the natural resources, open spaces, appropriate
recreational opportunities, and compatible, sustainable land uses of the area, and to maintain the
ecosystem connection between the Upper Hillsborough River Basin and the Green Swamp.


I. Background, Setting, Introduction to the Plan

[This information will be drafted by staff and will include a description of existing


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conservation efforts in the area, the area's relationship to the Green Swamp, the reason
the HRGTF was formed, and the mission of the task force.]


H. Description and General Delineation of the Area

[Description and delineation of the general area of study. Definitions of critical area
and core area within the general area (critical and core areas to be identified; see VII)].

HRGTF OBJECTIVES: 1, 2
Lead Partners: All Task Force Members
Target Completion: July/August 1993

General Area (study area) Description: The lands, tributaries, land uses, habitats,
wildlife, vegetation, water resources, and land and resource management practices within
the Hillsborough River drainage basin which comprise, contribute to, or impact the Upper
Hillsborough River Basin-Green Swamp corridor.

General Area Delineation: The Hillsborough River drainage basin boundaries.


Critical Area Definition: The Upper Hillsborough River Basin-Green Swamp corridor,
comprised of a core area and the minimum buffer necessary to protect the core area
(criteria and methodology for determining corridor/buffer/core areas to be developed; see
IV.).

Core Area Definition: The area within the corridor requiring the highest level of
protection to protect the natural resources and maintain the ecosystem connection between
the Upper Hillsborough River Basin and the Green Swamp.


III. Plan Objectives

[Statement of plan objectives, addressing natural resources, open space, recreation, and
land use.]

Lead Partners: All Task Force Members
Target Completion: July/August 1993

Objective 1. Natural Resources
Identify the natural resources and existing resource management plans in the
Upper Hillsborough River Basin-Green Swamp corridor and ensure the natural
resources are protected for the benefit of the region's citizens and wildlife by
identifying opportunities and recommending strategies to preserve, best manage,
enhance, and, where needed, restore significant natural habitats, ecosystem








connections, and area water quality and quantity.


Objective 2. Open Space
Identify open space areas that are important in maintaining ecosystem connections,
wildlife populations, and water quality and quantity within Upper Hillsborough
River Basin-Green Swamp corridor. Identify opportunities and recommend
strategies to ensure that these open space areas are protected from urban/suburban
sprawl.

Objective 3. Recreation
Identify existing and potential recreational activities within the corridor that are
compatible with other plan objectives and those recreational activities that are not
compatible. Also identify areas where recreation is not appropriate. Encourage
appropriate recreational activities by identifying opportunities and recommending
strategies to develop, protect, and maintain such recreational activities in the area.

Objective 4. Land Use
Given the other plan objectives, identify the sustainability and compatibility of
existing, proposed, and future land uses and major projects which impact or
potentially impact the corridor. Ensure the plan's natural resource, open space,
and recreation objectives are achieved while providing for economically beneficial
use of the land by recommending land use, design, and management strategies,
feasible alternatives to non-compatible activities, and ways to minimize adverse
impacts.


IV. Corridor Criteria and Methodology

Develop scientifically-based criteria and methodology for determining minimum sizes and
widths of the core and buffer areas, which comprise the corridor.

Facilitator: Scott Emery, Florida Greenways
Technical Assistance:
Hills. Co. Natural Resources Team/PDMD (Shirley Farmer)
Tampa Audubon (Dave Sumpter)
GFWFC (Jim Beever)
ELAP (Rob Heath)
Pasco County (Michael Keaton)
League of Environmental Organizations (John Ryan)
SWFWMD (Manny Lopez)
S Target Completion: September 1993

V. Ecological Inventory

Inventory ecological resources of that portion of the general area from the Lower
Hillsborough River Flood Detention Area up to and including the Hillsborough River


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Wildlife Management Area and SOR Alston Tract/Alston Tract Addition, including plant
communities, plant and animal species, water resources, soils, and topography. This task
involves data compilation and analysis.

S HRGTF OBJECTIVE: 16

Facilitator: Scott Emery, Florida Greenways
Technical Assistance:
Hills. Co. Natural Resources Team/PDMD (Shirley Farmer)
Pasco Co. (Michael Keaton)
SWFWMD (Manny Lopez/Rand Frahm)
GFWFC (Jim Beever)
Two Rivers Ranch (Robert Thomas)
Biological Research Associates (Steve Godley)
ELAP (Rob Heath)
Tampa Audubon (Dave Sumpter)

Target Completion: October 1993


VI. Land Use Inventory

Inventory existing and future land uses, activities, and management plans within and
adjacent to the area described in V above, including a description of consistencies and
inconsistencies with natural resource, land use, recreation, and open space objectives.
This task involves data compilation and analysis.

S HRGTF OBJECTIVES: 3a, 5, 7, 9, 19a

Facilitator: Scott Emery, Florida Greenways
Technical Assistance:
Florida Greenways (Brian Grady)
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
Hillsborough Co.
Pasco Co.
SWFWMD/SOR
Two Rivers Ranch
DEP/Hillsborough River State Park
FGFWFC/Upper Hillsborough Wildlife Management Area
Canoe Escape
P2000(CARL, FCT)
ELAPP
S Target Completion: November 1993

VII. Identification of Corridor and Appropriate Land Uses

Apply minimum size/width criteria to define the corridor (minimum core and buffer








areas). Identify appropriate sustainable agricultural practices and land uses within and
adjacent to the area. Identify non-compatible uses in and adjacent to the area.

Lead Partners: All Task Force Members (draft proposal prepared by
staff based on results of tasks IV-VI above)

Target Completion: December 1993


VIII. Opportunities and Strategies for Protection

Identify opportunities and strategies for protection, conservation, management, and
restoration to achieve natural resource, land use, recreation, and open space objectives.

HRGTF OBJECTIVES: 4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15
Lead Partners: see Action Plans
Target Completion: see Action Plans

HRGTF Action Topics (Attachment 4)

A. Utilities/Infrastructure Dave Sumpter, HRGTF Vice Chair for
Utilities/Infrastructure

1. Highway 39 Expansion
2. Florida Power Corp. 500 kV Transmission Line
3. State Road 54 Realignment
4. U.S. 301 Expansion
5. West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority Regional Loop
System
6. Plant City Wastewater Reuse Project

Issue/Opportunity: These projects have potential to impact the natural
resources in the study area. Opportunity exists for private/public
cooperation to minimize the negative impacts of these projects and enhance
protection efforts.

Strategy: Coordinate among different players to locate and design facilities
so as to minimize environmental impacts. Incorporate greenways design
strategies (e.g. wildlife and recreational corridors) into utility/infrastructure
planning process.

B. Acquisition/Protection Judy Breuggeman, HRGTF Vice Chair for
Acquisition/Protection/Management

1. ELAP Program acquisition/protection sites in the area:
Blackwater Creek Corridor (Arthur Weiss/Two Rivers
Ranch)


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Cone Ranch Addition
2. SOR Program acquisition/protection sites in the area:
Riverine "C" Corridor (Hills. River-Two Rivers Ranch)
Alston Tract/Alston Tract Addition
3. Transfer of Development Rights
4. Two Rivers Mitigation Banking
5. Hillsborough Co. Wildlife Habitat Protection Program/Target
Acreage
6. Purchase of Development Rights
7. Cone Ranch Site Management
8. OFW Designation

Issue/Opportunity: Existing and potential programs are available to help
preserve, protect, and enhance area resources.


Strategy: Cooperation and coordination among program participants to
explore and use various options to preserve, protect, and enhance the
significant habitat, ecological linkages and water quality of the area.

C. Land Use/Management David Voigts, HRGTF Vice Chair for Land
Use/Management


Crystal Springs Recreational Preserve
CF Industries Operations
US 301 Scenic Corridor & Rails-to-Trails proposals
Cone Ranch Wellfield
Northeast Hillsborough Linear Wellfield
Agriculture/Silvaculture
Recreation


Issue/Opportunity: Existing and proposed land uses within the study area have
potential positive and negative impacts.

Strategy: Identify and evaluate environmentally sensitive land use/
management practices, designs, and alternatives.

IX. Recommendations

Make recommendations regarding protection, management, monitoring of the Upper
Hillsborough River Basin-Green Swamp corridor, and applicability to other greenway
planning efforts.

HRGTF OBJECTIVES: 3b, 18, 19b, 20
Lead Partners: All Task Force Members
Target Completion: Draft Plan June 1994, Final Plan July 1994








ATTACHMENT 1 Environmental Lands Management
Committee (ELMS) II Recommendations


Recommendation 156: Sufficient staff and funding from DNR should be made available to
assist in the mapping of critical lands for future public acquisition.

Recommendation 157: DNR should emphasize intergovernmental coordination in the
acquisition of lands and should establish mechanisms to assist governments in undertaking
acquisitions and offer incentives for local joint funding.

Recommendation 159: DER, Water Management Districts and other regulatory agencies
should develop programs allowing mitigation of impacts to wetlands or other natural resources
that utilize creative mitigation techniques to achieve the ecosystem goals of the State, region
and local governments.

Recommendation 165: Florida should seek to maintain and expand agriculture as a self-
sustaining and important component of the states.

Recommendation 170: The legislature should encourage State, regional and local land
acquisition programs to utilize less-than-fee acquisition techniques for preservation purposes.
These techniques include the purchase of conservation easements and the purchase and resale
or leaseback of land with restrictions.

Recommendation 171: The legislature and DCA should encourage local governments to
establish TDR programs for environmentally sensitive and agricultural lands. The DCA
should inform local governments about the benefits of such programs and provide technical
assistance in establishing them.

Recommendation 173: The legislature should explore incentives to allow landowners to
preserve and manage environmentally sensitive lands or lands that are identified for protection
by the local comprehensive plan.

Recommendation 128: When a critical area is designated, there should be a clear statement of
the purposes for the designation and a precise checklist of the actions which, when
implemented, will result in designation. The Legislature or the Administration Commission
should adopt a specific statement of the purposes of a designation and criteria that will be
bring about de-designation of existing critical areas and any future designated areas.

Recommendation 129: The critical area program should be available and utilized for more
limited geographic areas that in the past in order to focus State attention and resources on
critical State issues.

Recommendation 132: Coordination of State, regional and local agency activities should be
emphasized in implementing the principals for guiding development in a designated critical
area. Regulatory agencies should have authority to apply different permitting standards or
criteria, established by statute or rule, within designated critical areas.

Recommendation 133: Land acquisition programs should be emphasized within designated
critical areas where the designation is intended to protect natural resources.


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ATTACHMENT 2


HILLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE
PARTICIPATING STAKEHOLDERS


Organization

Audubon National

Audubon State

Audubon Tampa Chapter

Audubon West Pasco Chapter


Biological Research Associates



Breuggeman and Associates


Canoe Escape


CF Industries




Crystal Springs Recreational Preserve



Environmental and Land Use Attorney

FL Dept. Of Environmental Protection,
Division of Parks and Recreation

FL Dept. of Transportation




FL Game & Freshwater Fish Commission


Florida Power Corporation


Florida Trail Association

Hillsborough County BOCC


Contact Person(s)

Rich Paul

Bernie Yokel

Dave Sumpter (Vice-Chair)

Lucy Seeds


Steve Godley
Doug Durbin


Judi Breuggeman (Vice-Chair)


Jean Faulk


Fred Ball
Mike Vickers
Parker Keen


Robert M. Thomas
Dotti Berger


C. Gary Stephens


Amy Becker

Andy Padgett
Kenneth Hartman
Todd Mecklemborg


Jim Beever


David Voigts
Teresa Guarcello

Phil Winnicki

Ed Turanchik (Commisioner)


12


Phone #

813-623-6826

813-260-8300

813-282-2354

813-863-4074


813-664-4500



813-237-3175


813-986-2067


813-533-3181




813-986-5788



813-222-0660




813-975-6133

813-975-6457


813-639-3515


813-866-5166
813-866-4481

813-681-6986

813-272-5470











Env. Protection Commission of Hills. County

Hillsborough County Parks Department



Hillsborough County Real Estate Dept.


Hills. Co. City County Planning Commission


Hills. County Planning & Development Mgmt.



Hillsborough Environmental Coalition


Hillsborough League of Women Voters


Hillsborough River Board


Hillsborough River State Park


League of Environmental Organizations



The Nature Conservancy



Pasco County



Plant City


Sierra Club


Southwest Florida Water Management District



Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council


Teresa Caddick (Senior Aide)

Julia Palaschak

Peter Fowler
Rob Heath


Kurt Gremley (ELAP)


Alan Wright (Planning Comm.)


Gene Boles
Shirley Farmer


Sally Thompson 813-2;


Kay Allen


Julia Williams


David Jowers


John Ryan
Mary Barnwell


George Wilson
John Flicker


Ann Hildebrand(Commissioner)
Michael Kenton(Co. Biologist)


Bob Bedell


Ruth Mills


Rand Frahm
Fritz Musselman


Julia Green
Jan Vorhees


13


813-272-7104

813-975-2160
813-272-7104


813-272-5810


813-272-5940


813-272-5710


25-5890


813-962-3069


813-237-1648


813-987-6771


813-293-6961
813-925-8538


904-222-0199
404-628-5887


813-847-8100
813-847-8154


813-757-9144


813-839-9307


904-796-7211



813-224-9380 (Tampa)
813-577-5151 (St. Pete)


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Tampa Water Department


Temple Terrace


Two Rivers Ranch


Fran Barford


813-223-8663


813-985-1745


Tom Dyer (Chairman HRGTF) 813-986-5788
Robert M. Thomas


West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority



1000 Friends of Florida, Florida Greeways


Harold Aiken
Jonathen Kennedy


Kent Wimmer
Scott Emery
Brian Grady


813-996-2835



904-222-6277
813-272-5710 X 147
813-272-5710 X 159


Executive Committee
Tom Dyer, HRGTF Chairman
Dave Sumpter, HRGTF Vice Chair Utilities and Infrastructure
Judi Breuggeman, HRGTF Vice Chair Acquisition and Protection
David Voigts, HRGTF Vice Chair Land Use and Management

Support Personnel
1000 Friends of Florida, Florida Greenways
Scott Emery, Project Coordinator, Suncoast Greenways Project
Brian Grady, Environmental Planner, Suncoast Greenways Project


Marjorie Guillory









ATTACHMENT 3


HILLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE
ORGANIZATION (1993-94)


Chairperson
(Tom Dyer)


Vice-Chair -
Utilities/Infrastructure
(David Sumpter)


Issues Requiring
Action Plans

Highway 39 Expansion


State Road 54
Realignment

US 301 Expansion


FPC 500 kV Line


WCRWSA Regional
Loop System


Plant City Reuse


Vice-Chair -
Acquisition, Protection
(Judi Breuggeman)


Issues Requiring
Action Plans

Hills. Co. ELAP Program
Blackwater Creek Preserve

Save Our Rivers Corridor
"C" & Alston Tract

Outstanding Florida Waters


Conservation Easements
(PDR's, TDR's)

Two Rivers Ranch
Mitigation Bank

Hillsborough County Wildlife
Protection Program


Vice-Chair -
Land Use, Mgmt.
(David Voigts)


Issues Requiring
Action Plans

Crystal Springs
Recreational Preserve

CFI Expansion


301 Scenic Corridor/
Rails-to-Trails

Cone Ranch Wellfield/
Site Management

Northeast Hills. Linear
Wellfield


Support Personnel

1000 Friends of Florida and Hillsborough County Planning and Development Management Deptartment
(PDMD):

Scott Emery, Project Coordinator, Florida Greeways' Suncoast Greenways Project
Brian Grady, Environmental Planner, Suncoast Greenways Project


Executive Committee

Chairperson and Vice-Chairs


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HILLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE ACTION PLANS


PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Highway 39 Expansion FDOT Ken Hartmann, FDOT
Comments: FDOT is currently undertaking the PD&E for the expansion of SR 39. Goal is to have FDOT consider a
utility corridor along the existing SR39 corridor for the consolidation of all current and future linear projects, so as
to avoid or minimize impacts to the natural resources, water quality, wildlife corridors, and existing open space
within the Hillsborough River Basin.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Construction of FPC 500 Teresa C. Guarcello,
kv transmission line from Lake Florida Power Corporation Environmental Services
Tarpon to Kathleen Florida Power Corporation
Comments: If sited as planned, the LTK project would cross three major environmentally sensitive land holdings-
two are presently under contract for public acquisition, the third being nominated for acquisition. Goals include
identifying and evaluating more practicable alternatives than those presently proposed by FPC. Possibly utilize the
resulting plan as a pilot program for the design, construciton, maintenance, and restoration of transmission line
corridors.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Blackwater Creek Hillsborough County Kurt Gremley
Protection Program Environmental Lands ELAPP Acquisition
S Program Acquisition Program Manager
Comments: Goal is to complete acquisition of the Blackwater Creek Corridor (3,600 acres) by June 1994. Also
participate in development of management plans for buffers and upland areas within and adjoining Blackwater
Creek. Identify existing land uses incompatible with management objectives. Acquisition would include 1,825 acres
of Arthur Weiss property and 1,800 acres of Two Rivers Ranch.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

SR 54 Program FDOT Ken Hartman, FDOT
Comments: FDOT has completed the PD&E study for the 14-mile realignment of SR 54; approximately 3 miles of the
new SR 54 would impact Two Rivers Ranch and Indian Creek. Goal: to include the creation of a utility corridor (for
the consolidation of all linear utilities) within or adjoining the proposed SR 54 corridor.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Riverine Corridor "C" Fritz Musselman,
Acquisition SWFWMD Dir. of Land Resources
SWFWMD
Comments: Corridor "C" is the only remaining unprotected portion of the Hillsborough River from the Green Swamp
to the Hillsborough River State Park; goal is to complete acquisition by June 1994.






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PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Cone Ranch Well Field West Coast Regional Water Ken Herd,
Supply Authority John Kennedy
WCRWSA
Comments: The Cone Ranch was acquired for the purpose of establishing a future well field for public supply
through the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority. Goals: to conduct, based on existing and future analysis,
the safe and sustainable yield of groundwater from the Cone Ranch Property; to ensure that the eventual
development of the Cone Ranch Well Field and the future withdrawals will have no detrimental effects on the
natural systems, habitats, and wetlands of the Cone Ranch property or the surrounding lands and resources.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Crystal Springs Crystal Springs Thomas Dyer
Recreational Preserve Recreational Preserve

Comments: Mission is to design and implement a permanent protection program which would ensure the continued
quality and quantity of spring flow from Cyrstal Springs; provide for continued public access to CSRP and the
Hillsborough River, and preserve the wildlife habitat of its lands.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

TDR Program Hillsborough County Gene Boles
P&DMD Hillsborough County P&DMD
Comments: Hillsborough County has recently designed and mapped urban, suburban, and rural service areas,
making the design and implementation of a TDR program feasible. The program would identify a suitable Rural
Service Area site within the Hillsborough River Basin as a sending zone and match it with a suitable receiving site in
an Urban Service Area. The program should also include an incentive package.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Two Rivers Mitigation Bank Two Rivers Ranch Thomas Dyer

Comments: Goal is to design and implement a mitigation plan designed to provide mitigation opportunities for
public and private projects within the Hillsborough River Watershed.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Wildlife Program Hillsborough County Gene Boles,
P&DMD Hillsborough County P&DMD
Comments: Develop a Wildlife Habitat Program for a minimum of 8,500 acres in the Hillsborough River Basin. Will
entail contacting individual property owners and having them adopt the plan.












PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

US 301 Expansion Program FDOT Ken Hartmann, FDOT

Comments: FDOT has determined that the current US 301 will require expansion in the future. Goal: to seek FDOT
consideration and participation in leading a conceptual design effort for the creation of a greenways corridor within
or adjoining the existing and future expanded US 301 corridor.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

US 301 Scenic Corridor Hillsborough County Gene Boles, Director
Planning and Development Hillsborough County
Management Department P&DMD
Comments: Hillsborough County's FLU Plan designates several portions of US 301 as part of a scenic corridor. Goal:
to design and implement US 301 Scenic Corridor Plan by 12/31/93.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

West Coast Regional Water West Coast Regional Water Ken Herd, John Kennedy
Supply Authority Regional Supply Authority West Coast Regional Water
Loop System Program Supply Authority

Comments: Goal is to complete an alternatives analysis which would explore alternative routes for the third phase of
the Regional Loop System, avoiding or minimizing impacts to natural resources; where impacts for the proposed
routing are unavoidable, to seek and participate in the proposed Mitigation Bank within the Hillsborough River
Basin.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Plant City Reuse Program Plant City Steve Cottrell,
Director, Public Works
City of Plant City
Comments: Comply with the DER and EPC orders to develop a re-use program for Plant City by developing program
for re-use delivery first to CF Industries, then to Two Rivers Ranch for wetlands restoration.

PROGRAM PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

CF Industries Expansion CF Industries Mike Vickers,
Parker Keen,
CF Industries, Inc.
Comments: Goals: To identify and evaluate more environmentally sensitive alternatives than are now proposed by
CF Industries; to seek from CF Industries a commitment date for closure of the existing stack and an acceptable
remediation plan; if possible, utilize the resulting plan as a model for the design, construction, maintenance,
operation and eventual closure of phosphate manufacturing in an environmentally sensitive manner.




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Richard Ake
Clerk of the Circuit Court liJO
Hillsborough County, Florida -. f-


9y\ Clerk to Board of
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0' 80aoR '- Room # 214-F
P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, Florida 33601
Telephone 272-5845

March 23, 1993




MR MARK BENEDICT
THE FLORIDA GREENWAYS PROGRAM
524 E COLLEGE AVENUE
PO BOX 5948
TALLAHASSEE FL 32314-5948

Re: Resolution Concerning the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Force
H.C. Resolution No. R93-0050

Dear Mr. Benedict:

Attached is an executed copy of referenced resolution, approved by the
Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners on March 3, 1993.

We are providing the copy for your files.

Sincerely,

RICHARD AKE
CLERK OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS



By: j
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Deputy lerk, BOCe rds

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Attachment
cc: Board files (1 orig.)
1000 Friends of Florida
Greenways Task Force
Roger Stewart, Executive Director, Environmental Protection Commission
Candace Hundley, Director, Legislative Delegation
Joe Egozcue, County Attorney's Office


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Resolution No. R93-0050

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA CONCERNING THE HILLSBOROUGH
RIVER GREENWAY TASK FORCE

Upon motion by Commissioner Phyllis Busansky seconded
by Commissioner Jim Norman the following Resolution
was adopted by a vote of 5 to 0 Commissioner(s)
voting "No".
WHEREAS, the Future of Hillsborough Comprehensive Plan
contains goals and policies requiring the preservation, protection
and management of natural resources in Hillsborough County; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners is committed to the
protection and public access where appropriate, of these
significant resources; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution
#92-0096 on April 21, 1992, setting forth the anticipated activi-
ties and schedule for a Wildlife Habitat Protection Program; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners at its regular
meeting of February 20, 1991, passed a motion directing staff to
define general geographic boundary areas that should be designated
as wildlife corridors, and for the Board to support the
preservation of those areas, through acquisition and private
ownership as wildlife corridors, and work with Pasco and Polk
counties to try and link those areas together to keep the ecosystem
in place; and

WHEREAS, the Hillsborough River is a significant natural
resource which is part of the larger Green Swamp ecosystem; and

WHEREAS, public agencies, non-profit conservation
organizations and affected property owners have convened to form
the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Force to achieve the following
goals:

-protect and preserve the Hillsborough River and its adjacent
uplands and tributaries;

-protect the water quality and quantity on which these
resources depend;

-establish greenways for protection of resources, the
protection of wildlife and the creation of recreation areas;

-integrate resource management and develop better land
management tools and techniques;

-minimize and avoid public and private development impacts on
river resources; and

-consolidate and complete data gathering and analysis; and









WHEREAS, the State of Florida has appointed a Greenways
Commission to develop a statewide Greenways Plan; and

WHEREAS, the non-profit 1,000 Friends of Florida will provide
support to the Greenways Commission and has received a Challenge
grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to undertake
regional and local greenways prototype projects including
Hillsborough River and Suncoast Rivers Greenways in Hillsborough
County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, IN A MEETING ASSEMBLED THIS 3RD
DAY OF MARCH 1993, AS FOLLOWS:

1. That the Board of County Commissioners hereby endorses the
formation of the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Force and
approves of the goals set out by the Task Force to preserve and
protect this valuable natural resource of Hillsborough County. The
Board of County Commissioners also directs County staff to
participate in this Task Force to assist in achieving these goals.

2. That the Board also endorses the assistance to be provided by
1,000 Friends of Florida for ecological greenways planning in the
County and directs staff to identify and recommend to the Board
appropriate funds to match 1,000 Friends' National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation Challenge Grant.

3. That this resolution becomes effective upon adoption.

STATE OF FLORIDA )

COUNTY OF HILLSBOROUGH )

I, RICHARD L. AKE, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex-Officio
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County,
Florida do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true
and correct copy of a Resolution adopted by the Board at its
meeting of March 3 1993, of Public Reports of
Hillsborough County, Florida.

WITNESS my hand and official seal this 23rd day of March
1993.


RICHARD L. AKE, CLERK

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HILLSBOROUGH RIVER BASIN BOARD
RESOLUTION NO. 107
IN SUPPORT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE


WHEREAS, the Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management
District at its regular meeting on May 20, 1993, passed a motion directing staff to prepare a Resolution
in support of the mission and goals of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force (HRGTF).

WHEREAS, the mission of the HRGTF is to develop and implement a regional plan for the
permanent protection of the Upper Hillsborough River Basin. This plan will include the Hillsborough
River Corridor, its tributaries, intermittent streams, recharge areas, wildlife corridors, adjacent critical
uplands and buffers; and

WHEREAS, public agencies, non-profit conservation organizations and affected property owners
have convened to form the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force to achieve the following goals:

protect and preserve the Hillsborough River and its adjacent uplands and tributaries;

protect the water quality and quantity on which these resources depend;

establish greenways for protection of resources, the protection of wildlife and the creation of
recreation areas;

integrate resource management and develop better land management tools and techniques;

minimize and avoid public and private development impacts on river resources; and

consolidate and complete data gathering and analysis; and

WHEREAS, the Southwest Florida Water Management District protects and manages water
resources and natural lands within the Lower and Upper Hillsborough areas; and

WHEREAS, the Southwest Florida Water Management District currently has a designated Save
Our Rivers/Preservation 2000 project identified as the Hillsborough Riverine Corridor "C" project
proposed for acquisition in connection with the protection of the Green Swamp River Systems; and

WHEREAS, the Southwest Florida Water Management District is acquiring lands within its Save
Our Rivers/Preservation 2000 Five-Year Plan consistent with the Florida Preservation 2000 Act, Section
259.101, Florida Statutes, and with the Florida Resource Rivers Act, Section 373.59, Florida Statutes;
and

WHEREAS, the State of Florida has appointed a Greenways Commission to develop a statewide
Greenways Plan; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 1993, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissions passed
a Resolution in support of the goals of the HRGTF; and


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BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District does hereby endorse the concept of the mission and goals of the HRGTF.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chairman Ex Officio and Vice Chairman of the
Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District -are hereby
authorized to affix their signatures to this Resolution on behalf of the Board.

PASSED AND ADOPTED on this ;43k- day of n ,_ 1993.


HILLSBOROUGH RIVER BASIN BOARD, a
subdivision of Southwest Florida Water
Management District


By:
Ramon F. Campo, Chairah Ex Officio


Attest: ___
ark Sherwood, Vice Chairman


(Seal)

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
STATE OF FLORIDA
COUNTY OF HERNANDO

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this lil' day of S-. 1993, by
Ramon F. Campo and Clark Sherwood, Chairman Ex Officio and Vice Chair respectively, of the
Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florid ter Manaement District, a public
corporation, on behalf of the corporation. They areeonallto mer have produced
and as identification and did (did not) take an oath.



Nae of Notary
(Seal)
(Nam of Ntcby typed pritd or amped)
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JOAN RICCAROELLI
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July 16, 1993


9455 Koger Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2491
(813) 577-5151/Tampa 224-9380
Suncom 586-3217

Officers
Chairman
Councilman Robert B. Stewart
Vice-Chairman
Mayor Charles A. Mclntosh, Jr.


Ed Turanchik
Chair
Hillsborough County Board
of County Commissioners
P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, FL 33601

Dear Chairman Turanchik:


Subject:


Formation of the Hillsborough River
Greenways Task Force


Secretary/Treasurer
Mayor Barbara H. Gilberg

Executive Director
Julia E. Greene


The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council supports the
Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force in seeking ways
to permanently protect the natural resources of the upper
Hillsborough River Basin as part of the Suncoast
Greenways and the Florida Greenways Projects.

The Tampa Bay Region is dependent upon its natural
resources to support economic growth and recreational
opportunities. The upper Hillsborough River basin is a
significant component of the region's natural features
and an important extension of the Green Swamp ecosystem.
Its protection is necessary for the long-term viability
of wildlife habitat in the region.

The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council applauds the
efforts of the public and private entities involved in
accomplishing the goals and objectives of the
Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force. If we can be of
further service, or if you have any questions, please
call me or Ms. Jan Vorhees at (813) 577-5151.

Sincerely,



Julia E. Greene
Executive Director


Enclosure





Agenda Item #13.C.
S7/12/93

RESOLUTION NUMBER 93-4



A RESOLUTION OF THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL
ENDORSING THE FORMATION OF
THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE



WHEREAS, the upper Hillsborough River Basin, including the Hillsborough River
corridor, its tributaries, intermittent streams, recharge areas, wildlife corridors, adjacent
critical uplands, and buffers are a significant natural resource within the greater Green
Swamp ecosystem.

WHEREAS, one component of this system, Crystal Springs, serves as a public water
resource for the City of Tampa.

WHEREAS, a connection between the Hillsborough River State Park, the upper
Hillsborough River Basin and the Green Swamp, would provide a viable significant wildlife
corridor.

WHEREAS, in light of the fact that Hillsborough County has recognized the need
to identify geographic boundary areas and has voted to support preservation of those areas
through acquisition and private ownership, working with Pasco and Polk counties to try to
establish appropriate linkage, thereby maintaining the area as an intact ecosystem.

WHEREAS, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has set a goal to
complete the protection of the Hillsborough River corridor by acquiring Riverine Corridor
"C" (the only remaining unprotected portion of the Hillsborough River from the Green
Swamp to the Hillsborough River State Park) under the Save Our Rivers Program by June
1994.

WHEREAS, the Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Acquisition Program
has established a goal to complete acquisition of the Blackwater Creek Corridor and to
participate in development of management plans for buffers and upland areas within and
adjoining Blackwater Creek (a tributary of the Hillsborough River) by June 1994.

WHEREAS, because of the environmental concerns in this area coupled with several
transportation, public utility and water supply authority projects that are proposed for
construction, the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force, a coalition of public, private,
regulatory, environmental and corporate organizations and bodies was formed to seek and
implement programs for the permanent protection of the natural resources of the upper
Hillsborough River Basin.








WHEREAS, the non-profit 1,000 Friends of Florida will provide support to the
Greenways Task Force and has received a Challenge grant from the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation to undertake regional and local greenway prototype projects including
Hillsborough River and Suncoast Greenways projects in Hillsborough County.

WHEREAS, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council recognizes the upper
Hillsborough River Basin to be a regionally significant natural resource;

WHEREAS, the stated goals of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force were
identified as being consistent with and in furtherance of the goals and policies of Future of
the Region. A Comprehensive Regional Policy Plan for the Tampa Bay Region, particularly
in the areas of: water resources, natural systems and recreational lands, land use, property
rights, and plan implementation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Tampa Bay Regional Planning
Council, at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 12, 1993, endorses the stated mission,
goals and objectives of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
reserves the right to endorse and/or comment on specific projects as they are proposed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the
Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force, the Hillsborough County Board of County
Commissioners, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, the
Hillsborough County Planning Commission, The Nature Conservancy, the Southwest Florida
Water Management District, the Florida Department of Transportation, and 1,000 Friends
of Florida.




Robert B. Stewart, Chairman
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council


Attest: / / l 4l br ,
ayor Barba Gilbe
Secretary-Treasurer

The above Resolution was approved by the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council this
12th day of July, 1993.












COMMISSION
PHYLLIS BUSANSKY
JOE CHILLURA
SYLVIA KIMBELL
LYDIA MILLER
JIM NORMAN
JAN KAMINIS PLATT
ED TURANCHIK

FAX (813) 272-5157


ROGER P. STEWART
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
AND
WATER MANAGEMENT DIVISION
1900 9TH AVENUE
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33605
TELEPHONE (813) 272-5960
AIR MANAGEMENT DIVISION
TELEPHONE (813) 272-5530
WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
TELEPHONE (813) 272-5788
ECOSYSTEMS MANAGEMENT DIVISION
TELEPHONE (813) 272-7104


August 12, 1993


Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force
Thomas Dyer, Chairman
40 Ranch Road
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592

Dear Mr. Dyer:


SUBJECT:


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSION OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY ENDORSEMENT OF THE FORMATION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH
RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE


On July 28, 1993, the Commission approved the enclosed resolution
stating their endorsement of the stated mission, goals and
objectives of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force. In it,
the Commission reserves the right to endorse and/or comment on
specific projects as they are proposed.

Many people in and around Hillsborough County have yet to realize
the beauty and value of the Hillsborough River. The success of the
Task Force will assure everyone the opportunity to discover the
River for themselves.

The Commission looks forward to endorsing many successful projects
for the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force, and looks forward
to providing you with any assistance we can. Please direct any
questions or requests to my staff, Julia Palaschak, at 272-7104.


Sincerely,




C arles M. Courtney
Director, Ecosystems Management Division


//


Enclosure










A RESOLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSION OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
ENDORSING THE FORMATION OF
THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER GREENWAYS TASK FORCE


WHEREAS, the upper Hillsborough River Basin, including the Hillsborough River
corridor, its tributaries, intermittent streams, recharge areas, wildlife corridors, adjacent
critical uplands, and buffers are a significant natural resource within the greater Green
Swamp ecosystem.

WHEREAS, one component of this system, Crystal Springs, serves as a public water
resource for the City of Tampa.

WHEREAS, a connection between the Hillsborough River State Park, the upper
Hillsborough River Basin and the Green Swamp, would provide a viable significant wildlife
corridor.

WHEREAS, in light of the fact that Hillsborough County has recognized the need to
identify geographic boundary areas and has voted to support preservation of those areas
through acquisition and private ownership, working with Pasco and Polk counties to try
to establish appropriate linkage, thereby maintaining the area as an intact ecosystem.

WHEREAS, The Southwest Florida Water Management District has set a goal to
complete the protection of the Hillsborough River corridor by acquiring Riverine Corridor
"C" (the only remaining unprotected portion of the Hillsborough River from the Green
Swamp to the Hillsborough River State Park) under the Save Our Rivers Program by June
1994.

WHEREAS, the Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Acquisition Program has
established a goal to complete acquisition of the Blackwater Creek Corridor and to
participate in development of management plans for buffers and upland areas within and
adjoining Blackwater Creek (a tributary of the Hillsborough River) by June 1994.

WHEREAS, because of the environmental concerns in this area coupled with several
transportation, public utility and water supply authority projects that are proposed for
construction, the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force, a coalition of public, private,
regulatory, environmental and corporate organizations and bodies was formed to seek
and implement programs for the permanent protection of the natural resources of the
upper Hillsborough River Basin.

WHEREAS, the non-profit 1,000 Friends of Florida will provide support to the
Greenways Task Force and has received a Challenge grant from the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation to undertake regional and local greenway prototype projects including
Hillsborough River and Suncoast Greenways projects in Hillsborough County.











WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
recognizes the upper Hillsborough River Basin to be a regionally significant natural
resource;

WHEREAS, the goals of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force are identified
as being in furtherance of the goals ahd policies for protection of our water resources,
and natural systems from destruction and pollution.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Environmental Protection Commission
of Hillsborough County, at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 28, 1993, endorses the
stated mission, goals and objectives of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Environmental Protection Commission of
Hillsborough County reserves the right to endorse and/or comment on specific projects
as they are proposed.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the
Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force, the Hillsborough County Board of County
Commissioners, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the Hillsborough County
Planning Commission, The Nature Conservancy, the Southwest Florida Water
Management District, the Florida Department of Transportation, and 1,000 Friends of
Florida.





J K. Platt, Chairman
Environmental Protection.Commission
of Hillsborough County



Attest: ,d6

The above Resolution was approved by the
Environmental Protection Commission of
Hillsborough County this 28th day of July 1993.


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Dear Reader:

The legislation that created the Department of Environmental Protection also
empowered this new department to focus more of its resources on the protection
of entire ecological systems.

We take that charge seriously, and in the pages that follow you will find
descriptions of the kinds of activities we at the Department feel are part of
ecosystem management. After reading them, I think you will discover that in some
areas we in Florida have been doing ecosystem management all along. What is
new is the Department's commitment to the process in the future.

Governor Chiles' merger of the two premier state environmental and natural
resource agencies gives us the chance to do it better. Now, with almost all of the
tools needed for ecosystem management under the same roof--tools such as
planning, land acquisition, environmental education, regulation, and pollution
prevention--we have new opportunities for cooperation. Working with the five
water management districts, we can use these tools to improve our ties with local
governments and other agencies which have key roles to play in ecosystem
management, and with landowners and other members of the public. We can
begin to develop a public ethic of shared responsibility for the world around us.
We can become more efficient; more effective. Our combined resources will let us
reduce duplication and overlap--resulting in better use of both state and local tax
dollars. Most importantly, we can do a better job.

To illustrate how we have moved toward ecosystem management over the
years, and to show how it can be done in the future, we chose six of Florida's
threatened ecosystems as examples. We easily could have chosen others. In the
pages that follow, you will see that for one or two of these areas our ecosystem
activities are well advanced. In others, we have scarcely begun. You also will see
how ecosystem management will work for Florida--and that it works best when


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By cOeMM1SIONZR BILD93RAsD


RESOLUTION T Te BOARD Or COUNT COMWSOOzNERS Or PAsCO
COUNTY, FLORIDA SUPPORTING TN STABLIXZEKET ARID MSSIb0W
or T E zxTLsBOXooUG RIVE GREoIWAT ASK roacI.

wmmRBAS, the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Porce is a coalition of
public, private regulatory, environmental, and coporoate.organisations formed for
the purpose of providing advanced regional planning and resource protection
consistent with orderly development in the UpperHillsborough River watershed;
and
WHZEREA, a large portion of the Hillaborough River and its watershed lies
within Pasco County; and
WXIWEAS, Cyrstal Springs, a component of the Killsborough River system, is
recognized by the County as a major source of fresh water for the cities of
Zephyrhills and Tampa, provides a major flow resource for the Hillsborough River,
and provides recreational opportunities for local Citisens, all worthy of
protection; and
WBEAAS, the need exists for orderly regional planning for the economic
growth in the Billaborough River watershed specifically for transportation and
utility corridors consistent with the protection of the Hillaborough River and
its natural resource attributes; and
WNURAS, the mission of the Hillsborough River Greenway Task rorce is to
develop and implement a regional plan for. the permanent protection of the
Billsborough River, its tributaries, headwaters, intermittent streams, recharge
areas, wild-life corridors, habitat areas, adjacent critical uplands, and buffers
with special emphasis on the Upper Hilleborough River Basin Green Swamp
corridor; and.. : ..

WEBREAJ, the adopted Comprehensive Plan for, Pasco County contains
Objectives and Policies consistent with.'the Mission, Goals, and Objectives
adopted by the Hillsborough River Greenway.Task rorce; and

WxBREAs, Pasco county. is represented on the Hillsborough River Greenway
Task Force consistent with the Objectives and Policies of the Intergovernmental
Coordination Element of the comprehensive Plan; and

wuRnzAS, the state of Florida has. appointed a Greenways Comaission to
develop a Statewide Greenway Plan and for which the Hillsborough River Greenway
and the Green Swamp are to become components of the Statewide Plan; and

W3EREAS, the necessary funding for the staffing, activities and plan
development of the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Force has been accomplished
through a Challenge grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through
the nonprofit 1,000 Friends of Florida and the Suncoast Rivers Greenways in
Hillsborough County; and

WEZREAS, the Board of county Commissioners wishes to indicate its support
for the establishment and mission of the Hillsborough River Greenway Task Force;
and

NOW, THEREPORE, U IT RUsOLVXD that the Board of County Commissioners of
Pasco County, Florida in regular session duly assembled, that said Board hereby
formally endorses the formation of the Hillaborough River Greenway Task Force and
supports its Mission, Goals, and Objectives; and

B8 IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board reserves the right to comment on
and/or endorse the specific projects, programs, and plans proposed and/or adopted
by said Task Force as they may impact Pasco County and its citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be transmitted to the
chairman of the Hillaborough River Greenway Task Force for use in obtaining
regional support and for transmittal to the other members of the Task Force; and
AND RESOLVED this 4th day of January, 1994.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA









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public and private interests in an area work in partnership. The following are the
six areas we chose:

Apalachicola River and Bay. Of the six areas, the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Rivers basin in Florida, Georgia and Alabama is perhaps
the most advanced example of ecosystem management in action. Interstate
activities in the ACF basin have been going on since the late '70s. The three
states and the Army Corps of Engineers are in the midst of an extensive
study that will result in a blueprint for managing this resource which is so critical
to the health of the Apalachicola Bay and the economy it supports. Much,
however, remains to be done to assure that the needs of residents around the
Apalachicola River and Bay are considered when land and water use decisions are
made by upstream jurisdictions.

Lower St. Johns River. The Lower St. Johns (the river reach between the north
end of Lake George and the Atlantic Ocean), is a less-studied river basin than the
Apalachicola. State agencies and the water management district each have
worked in the river, but while there have been successful attempts at
project-by-project coordination, most of the work was to meet an agency's specific
need--water quality or water quantity--and associated land uses often were
considered in only a cursory fashion. With the merger, ecosystem management for
the lower St. Johns River offers the chance to bring the agencies, local
governments, land owners, and others together for the good of the river basin.and
themselves.

Florida Bay. Although a flurry of activity over the last several months might make
it seem otherwise, Florida Bay is one of the least-studied ecosystems in Florida.
Management of the bay is a challenge because of the huge number of complicating
issues that must be dealt with. Ecosystem management for the bay and its
immediate tributary watersheds focuses upon three key areas: intergovernmental
coordination; restoration-oriented research and monitoring, and reestablishing the
water quality and hydroperiod of Taylor Slough.

Wekiva River. The Wekiva River basin is another in which much has been done but
more needs doing. The river flows through a rapidly growing and urbanizing area,
and interagency and community groups--such as the Friends of the Wekiva, the
Governor's Wekiva River Task Force and the Wekiva River Basin Working
Group--have been working on the basin for several years now. Ecosystem
management for the Wekiva will concentrate on urban problems such as
















Hillsborough River Ecosystem Management Area








Contributors


Southwest Florida Water Management
District
Brooksville:
David L. Moore, Deputy Executive Director
Ron Daniel, Land Acquisition Manager
Sid Flannery, Environmental Scientist

Tampa:
Gerold Morrison, Environmental Scientist

The Hillsborough River Greenways Tsk Force
Tom Dyer, Chairman

1000 Friends of Florida
Scott Emery, Proj. Coordinator


Florida Department of Environmental
Protection
Tampa:
Nan Baggett, Environmental Manager
Allen Burdett, Environmental Spec. III
Norton Craig, Environmental Admin.
Douglas Farrell, Environmental Spec. III
Ken Huntington, Environmental Manager
Stormy Ingold, Environmental Spec.
Early Sorenson, Prof. Engineer II
Robert Stetler,-Environmental Admin.

Tallahassee:
Trudie Bell, Environmental Spec. III
Fred Calder, Environmental Superv.


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Hillsborough River Ecosystem Management Area Implementation Plan

Summary
Recent increased concern over protecting and restoring water supply, water
and air quality, and the habitat functions of the Hillsborough River watershed and
better awareness of the interdependent nature of these functions, has spurred
efforts by local governments, private interests, and regional and state agencies to
improve resource management in this area. This report summarizes these
activities and makes preliminary recommendations on strengthening them within
a framework of systemwide protection.

Because the Hillsborough River watershed includes counties, cities, and
other jurisdictions, as well as private land ownerships through the basin, a
regional approach is needed to protect and manage the ecosystem, to fully
identify management alternatives, and to provide broad governmental,
landowner, and public involvement. The challenge is to pull diverse ongoing and
proposed actions together into a coherent watershed management strategy, and
assuring that this strategy is upheld by those with responsibilities for the
resources and investments in this watershed.

A Hillsborough River Watershed Management Plan should be developed
under the aegis of the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The plan should be closely tied
to the District's Water Management Plan, and coordinated with other affected
plans and initiatives, such as the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force,
Hillsborough River Basin Board plans and projects, local plans, and the SWIM
Program. Since some issues pertinent to watershed management lie outside the
purviews of the both the Department and the water management district, the
scope and effectiveness of this ecosystem approach depends on commitments by
landowners, local governments, and by other public and private interests.

The report recommends the following near-term actions:

Expedite DEP review of Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force petition
for Outstanding Florida Water Designation for portions of the Hillsborough
River.
Evaluate needs for additional water quality and biological watershed
monitoring.
Assist the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force in planning and
management activities in the upper basin.
Assist the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board in development
reviews and formulating recommendations to local, regional and state
agencies.


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Below the Park, some 10 miles above the reservoir for the City of Tampa,
the only surface outlet of Lake Thonotosassa, Flint Creek, joins the river
(SWFWMD, 1990). The Lake water is of poor quality from many years of
domestic and industrial wastewater discharges and runoff. The Lake is a SWIM
water body and and its surface area accounts for 15% of the river's watershed
area. It presumably contributes a large percentage of nitrogen and phosphorus to
the river (G. Morrison, SWFWMD, pers. comm.). Two tributaries upstream
from Lake Thonotosassa, Pemberton and Baker Creeks, are channelized, thus
eliminating significant historical floodplain water storage and habitat.

From the Flint Creek confluence to the dam, the Hillsborough River is
designated a Class I (potable) water (FDER, 1988). Below the Hillsborough
River State Park, small tributaries enter the river from northern, rural
sub-basins. At the Hillsborough River Reservoir, a flood control structure
(Harney Gate structure) allows water to be diverted from the river to the Tampa
By- Pass Canal for flood prevention. The reservoir itself is 4 miles long and
supplies approximately 75% of the City of Tampa's potable water (FDER, 1992).

The largest water supply in the Hillsborough River watershed is the City of
Tampa's Hillsborough River Reservoir System, which includes the instream
reservoir, augmented by withdrawals from the Tampa By-Pass Canal and Sulphur
Springs. The City of Tampa also owns the Morris Bridge Wellfield, located-
approximately 8 km up the watershed from the reservoir. Demand for water in
the City of Tampa is approaching the Southwest Florida Water Management
Districts's (SWFWMD) permitted quantities for withdrawals from these sources.
The availability of reservoir water is limited and withdrawals from the wellfield
can affect base flows to the river and the amount of water available for the
reservoir. Also, there is a concern about minimum flows needed from the
reservoir for living resources in lower Hillsborough River and Hillsborough Bay.
Work need to be done on steps to assure that base flows to the river are not
adverely affected, and that the effects of withdrawals on the river, its floodplans
and creeks are minimized.

Below the dam, the river is modified with hardened shoreline and receives
urban stormwater runoff as it flows almost 10 miles through the City of Tampa to
Hillsborough Bay. The sediments in the lower part of the river are contaminated
with metals and organic substances (FIT, 1988). Although the river receives
freshwater flows in this segment from Sulphur Springs, it is brackish downstream
of the dam (SWFWMD, 1993). Sulphur Springs consistently exhibits high
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Water Quality Protection and Management

The upper reaches of the river appear to be adversely affected by nonpoint
sources of pollution. Most of the point source dischargers in Blackwater and
Itchepackesassa Creeks are in compliance or were eliminated; however, there are
a wide range of sources of excess nutrients, coliform bacteria, and sedimentation
in this part of the basin, including farm, pasture and dairy runoff, mining
operations, and package wastewater treatment plants.

In the upper basin, relatively small changes in agricultural, grazing, and
dairy practices may reduce or eliminate problems. Putting these into effect will
require assistance from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services (DACS). Fencing streams and associated flood plains would reduce
direct contact by cattle or other grazing animals. Row crop runoff may be
reduced by changing cultivation practices. Direct runoff may be reduced by
replacing standard irrigation practices with drip irrigation systems. Initially,
some of these changes could be completed voluntarily, and working through
DACS would be the most effective approach.

Lake Thonotosassa, located in the middle basin, is a SWIM priority
waterbody. Several SWIM projects are setting base-line data on water and
nutrient budgets, aquatic life, and wetlands. These projects-will result in-targets
for protection and restoration, including deriving interim pollutant load reduction
goals for nonpoint source management. The condition of Mill Creek, a tributary
to the lake is of concern to the District and to DEP. In a Water Quality Based
Effluent Limitation Study (WQBEL) of the Plant City WWTP, and a
Bioassessment on the receiving waters at the point of discharge, the DEP found
that the WWTP had a negative impact on the water quality and biological
communities of Mill Creek. In separate studies the SWFWMD SWIM Program
traced a portion of Lake Thonotosassa's degradation to the Plant City discharge.
Based on these factors, the Department decided that it could no longer permit
Plant City to continue discharging into this watershed.

Plant City has agreed to discontinue discharging to state surface water. In
the meantime, the City will design and build a ten-mile pipeline to deliver
effluent to CF Industries -- a fertilizer chemical plant. CF will use at least two
million gallons of that reclaimed water every day and reduce its withdrawals
from deep wells by an equivalent amount. The company also will allow Plant
City to construct an artificial wetland on CF property to provide additional
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ways to retrofit treatment to roadways draining to sinkholes.
Natural Systems Protection and Management

There are large tracts of relatively undisturbed habitat in public and private
ownership in the upper basin which can be connected via a greenways-type
system. However, there are many other areas in the watershed where habitat has
been altered and destroyed. Proposed large-scale projects three roads, a power
line, and gas and water pipelines -- may further affect habitat.

Protection, restoration, and mitigation
Pemberton and Baker Creeks are tributaries to the Hillsborough River
through Lake Thonotosassa and Flint Creek. The creeks were channelized
eliminating significant floodplain storage areas and other wetland functions. A
drainage study of the creeks and their headwaters, initiated through agreement
between Hillsborough County, SWFMD, and DEP, will likely recommend
options for creek and floodplain restoration. Also, the SWFWMD SWIM
Program has begun wetland restoration projects adjacent to Baker Creek and
along the eastern shore of Lake Thonotosassa.

The DEP, SWFWMD, and Hillsborough County are coordinating efforts
to identify historic wetland areas, promote County purchase of these sites where
necessary, and conduct restoration. The result of this effort will be reconnection
of severed floodplain/wetland areas to provide increased wetland habitat, water
quality benefits, and flood attenuation. The restoration effort will likely be
funded from sources such as the Pollution Recovery Trust Fund, the SWIM
Program, and coordination with the Department of Transportation for mitigation
banking.

Current permitting of mining operations protects wetlands within the 25 -
year floodplain, but often places wetlands above that elevation in jeopardy.
These wetlands are often proposed to be mined, causing direct wetland loss.
Typically, the mining company proposes mitigation (wetland creation) to offset
these direct impacts. The Department must take a strong stand to only accept
mitigation plans that are based on proven practices with a solid record of success.
Because of the numerous documented cases of failures associated with forested
mitigation and the resultant cumulative loss of forested wetland habitat, mining
should be designed to avoid impacts to forested systems. Furthermore, in the
ecosystem management concept, critical upland habitat also should be preserved
to provide the complete habitat component essential for wildlife. Current rules
sometimes force the Department to accept the loss of valuable upland habitat to
provide the space necessary for the creation of mitigation wetlands. The


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)f the river north of Fletcher Avenue to Highway 301 is under consideration for
resignation as a Aquatic Resource Protection Area. This designation will allow a
tery limited range of activities permitted by the Port Authority.

The SWFWMD SWIM Program and the DEP have teamed up to restore
:he north end of the river bank at Lowery Park. Similar activities between the
DEP, SWIM and the City of Tampa may be fruitful, such as developing an
inventory of private and public lands suitable for habitat restoration.

Land Acquisition -
There are large tracts of relatively undisturbed habitat in the watershed
which can be connected via a greenway-type system and act as a kind of buffer
along the river. A significant amount of land acquisition has been underway in
the watershed for many years. These efforts have made clear progress toward
ecosystem management and have gained public support and cooperation of
private landowners.

Upstream, water resources, swamps, adjoining uplands, and wildlife along
the Hillsborough River are protected by more than 2,519 ha. of WMD
acquisitions, including over 9.6 km. along the course of the river. Further
downstream, the SWFWMD Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area includes
6,456 ha. and adjoins the Hillsborough River State Park. Taken together,
publicly owned protected lands total nearly 8,984 ha. and include over 32 km.
along the river. In the western part of the basin, the SWFWMD has acquired
2770 ha. along Cypress Creek, a tributary to the river. In addition, the WMD
has three ongoing projects to purchase additional land adjacent to or near the
river totaling 6986 ha., and the Hillsborough County Environmental Lands
Acquisition and Protection Program has a project to purchase approximately 809
ha. along Blackwater Creek.

Air Resources Management

High levels of mercury in the Hillsborough River have led to advisories on
fish consumption. Much is still unknown about the source of mercury
contamination in aquatic wildlife. However, atmospheric sources are suspected.
Known sources of mercury emissions to the atmosphere include coal-fired power
plants, municipal waste incinerators, and biological waste incinerators, and
natural sources

Protection of the Hillsborough River ecosystem from mercury
contamination should be a part of a regional effort, first to quantify emissions


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JIillsborough River ecosystem is for the DEP to continue working in coordination
vith law enforcement and the State Attorney's Office. Together, we make a
/isible presence in the eyes of the regulated public and deliver the message that
mur actions in response to non compliance may not be limited to monetary
penalties and may include probation, community service, a criminal record, and
ail time.

Planning Initiatives, and Management Committees

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Water Management
"lan (DWMP) will be a road map for the District in managing water and related
natural resources. Scheduled for completion in November, 1994, it will be a
,asis for furthering the State Comprehensive Plan and fostering coordination
.mong levels of government and the public. Watershed management goals will
e included in the DWMP. After completion of the DWMP, a Hillsborough
Ziver Watershed Management Plan will be developed, and a watershed team
:onsisting of SWFWMD and other agency staff will be established to focus on
vatershed activities needed to implement the DWMP. This team will be
responsible for implementing the management plan and working with local,
regional, and state programs, as well as with such groups as the Hillsborough
tiver Greenways Task Force and Hillsborough River Intergovernmental Planning
toard and Technical Advisory Council.

The Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force is a coalition, consisting of
private, environmental, and corporate organizations, developing and
nplementing programs for managing the natural resources in the upper
Iillsborough basin. The Task Force is involved in several initiatives, including
n Outstanding Florida Water petition to DEP for two segments of the
[illsborough River, planning for power line and transportation corridors,
acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands, mitigation banking plans, and
later reuse planning. This group is a building block in ecosystem management
activities and will be a key partner in watershed management. The Department
f Community Affairs' Area of Critical State Concern program for the Green
wamp, headwaters of the river, can be an important part of this effort.

The DEP, SWFWMD, and local governments are working in conjunction
ith the Tampa Bay National Estuarine Program to develop a Comprehensive
conservation and Management Plan for Tampa Bay. Among other activities, this
program and the SWFWMD SWIM Program are involved in developing nutrient
gadgets for Tampa Bay based on current and historical loadings from point and
in-point sources of pollution and establishing pollutant load reduction goals for


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STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

2740 CENTERVIEW DRIVE TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-2100

LAWTON CHILES LINDA LOOMIS SHELLEY
Governor Secretary
June 20, 1994




Honorable Virginia Wetherell
Secretary, Department of Environmental
Protection
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

Dear Secretary Wetherell:

I am pleased to support the petition of the Hillsborough
River Greenways Task Force for designating portions of the
Hillsborough River an Outstanding Florida Water. I
enthusiastically support the Task Force's efforts to increase
protection of this fragile and diverse ecosystem. The area of
Hillsborough and Pasco counties through which the river runs is
under fairly intense development pressures, and it is gratifying
to see so much support for protection of the natural resources of
the region before they become irreversibly degraded.

If there is anything more that the Department of Community
Affairs can do to assist in this designation, please call Jim
Farr at (904) 922-5438.

Vy truly yours,



Linda Loomis Shelley
Secretary

cc: Mr. Thomas H. Dyer


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT





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RESOLUTION # R94-0123
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
SUPPORTING THE DESIGNATION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER NORTH OF
FLETCHER AVENUE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA
AS AN OUTSTANDING FLORIDA WATER BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT
OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION


Upon Motion by Commissioner Ed Turanchik Seconded by
Commissioner Jan Platt the following resolution was adopted
by a 5 to 0 vote.

WHEREAS, the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force is
seeking an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW) designation for a
portion of the Hillsborough River between Fletcher Avenue and
Crystal Springs; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a
resolution in support of the Hillsborough River Greenways Task
Forces Mission, Goals, and Objectives on March 23, 1993; and

WHEREAS, the Hillsborough River is one of four major rivers
originating in the Green Swamp and, along with its major
tributaries, provides a critical ecosystem connection to the Green
Swamp; and

WHEREAS, the Withlacoochee River, which also originates in the
Green Swamp, has already been designated an Outstanding Florida
Water, and such designation of the Hillsborough River north of
Fletcher Avenue to the Green Swamp would result in a continuous
corridor protected by the OFW designation.

WHEREAS, the OFW designation will prevent the lowering of
existing water quality and protect a major source of drinking water
for the residents of Tampa; and

WHEREAS, the upper Hillsborough River is a significant natural
area and helps sustain over 100 plants and animals listed as
endangered, threatened, or of special concern; and

WHEREAS, the upper Hillsborough River provides recreational
opportunities to over 300,000 persons annually through local canoe
liveries and private and public parks and preserves;


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA:

1. That the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough
County, Florida supports the designation of the Hillsborough River
from Fletcher Avenue to Crystal Springs as an Outstanding Florida


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Water as recommended by the Hillsborough River Greenways Task
Force.

2. That the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough
County, Florida encourages the Department of Environmental
Protection to consider the OFW designation for the Hillsborough
River north of Crystal Springs as well as for the river's major
tributaries north of Fletcher Avenue.

3. That this resolution be sent to the Pasco County Board of
County Commissioners to solicit their support for this effort as it
relates to the Hillsborough River in Pasco County.

4. That this resolution be sent to the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and to the Chairman of the Hillsborough
River Greenways Task Force for inclusion in the Outstanding Florida
Waters Application.

5. That this resolution become effective upon adoption.


PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 18th DAY OF May 1994.



STATE OF FLORIDA )
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COUNTY OF HILLSBOROUGH )

I, RICHARD AKE, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex Officio
Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County,
Florida, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true
and correct copy of the resolution adopted by the Board of County
Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida at its regular
meeting of May 18. 1994 as the same appears of record
in Minute Book 216 of the Public Records of Hillsborough
County, Florida.

WITNESS, my hand and official seal this 24th day of
May 1994.
RICHARD AKE, CLERK-'- -



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On The
Hillsborough River
Escape To Nature


April 13, 1994



Mr. Eric Shaw
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Surface Water Management
2600 Blairstone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Dear Mr. Shaw:

Thank you for considering a further portion of the Hillsborough
River for Outstanding Florida Water status. We wholeheartedly
support this effort. In support of the documentation submitted,
I hope you will consider the enclosed as additional evidence
that the Hillsborough River deserves and needs this protection.

Although the enclosed videos were made for other purposes (i.e.,
Escape to Nature to promote our business [showcasing the
Wilderness Park owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management
District]; and Crystal Springs Run [showcasing the portion of
the river from Crystal Springs Recreational Preserve to
Blackwater Creek] to oppose the Lake Tarpon to Kathleen 500kv
powerline), we believe the videos themselves show the
outstanding qualities of the Hillsborough. In addition, the
enclosed articles written by travel writers across the country
and the world are evidence that others also find this area
outstanding. Of course, the best evidence is to see it for
yourself. If you or your staff will be coming to the area for
that purpose, it would be our pleasure to show you firsthand
the "wonders" of the Hillsborough.

Sincerely,



Jean E. Faulk
Vice-President


Canoe Escape. Inc. 9335 East Fowler Avenue Thonolosass (lampa). Florida 33592 9408 (813) 986 2067











FLORIDA GAME AND FRESH WATER FISH COMMISSION

MRS. GILBERT W. HUMPHREY JOE MARLIN HILLIARD J. BEN ROWE JULIE K. MORRIS QUINTON L. HEDGEPETH, DDS
Miccosukee Clewiston Gainesville Sarasota Miami

ALLAN L. EGBERT, Ph.D., Executive Director
WILLIAM C. SUMNER, Assistant Executive Director FARRIS BRYANT BUILDING
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee. FL 32399-1600
(904) 488-1960
May 3, 1994 TDD (904) 488-9542



Mr. Eric Shaw
Chief, Bureau of Surface Water Management
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers Office Building
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

RE: Hillsborough County, Proposed
Designation of Hillsborough River
from Fletcher Avenue to Crystal
Springs as Outstanding Florida
Waters

Dear Mr. Shaw:

The Office of Environmental Services of the Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish Commission has reviewed the draft application for designation of the
Hillsborough River from Fletcher Avenue to Crystal Springs as Outstanding
Florida Waters, and offers the following comments.

The additional protection provided to the water quality of this river
will help protect the submerged aquatic macrophytes, spring runs, mixed
hardwood swamp forests, cypress forests, and marsh communities which form the
food base and nursery habitats for the productive fishery of the river, and
provide habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species.

This designation will complement the mission of the Hillsborough River
Greenways Task Force, and will also assist the Department of Environmental
Protection's "Toward Ecosystem Management in Florida Hillsborough River
Ecosystem Management Area Implementation Plan" initiative for water quality
and natural systems protection and management.

We strongly support the proposed designation of the Hillsborough River
from Fletcher Avenue to Crystal Springs as Outstanding Florida Waters. If you











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have any questions with regard to our comments, please contact Jim Beever at
SUNCOM 721-7570, (813) 639-3515, at our Punta Gorda office.

Sincerely,




Bradley J. H an, Director
Office of E rronmental Services

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Hillsborough County City/County Planning Department
County Center 18th Floor
601 East Kennedy Street
Tampa, Florida 33602

The Florida Greenways Program
926 East Park Avenue
P.O. Box 5948
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-5948










COMMISSION
PHYLLIS BUSANSKY
JOE CHILLURA
SYLVIA KIMBELL
LYDIA MILLER
JIM NORMAN
JAN KAMINIS PLATT
ED TURANCHIK

FAX (813) 272-5157


ROGER P. STEWART
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
AND
WATER MANAGEMENT DIVISION
1900 9TH AVENUE
TAMPA, FLORIDA 33605
TELEPHONE (813) 272-5960
AIR MANAGEMENT DIVISION
TELEPHONE (813) 272-5530
WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
TELEPHONE (813) 272-5788
ECOSYSTEMS MANAGEMENT DIVISION
TELEPHONE (813) 272-7104


April 21, 1994




Tom Dyer
Two Rivers Ranch
40 Ranch Road
Thonotosassa, Florida 33592

Dear Tom:

SUBJECT: HILLSBOROUGH RIVER'S "OUTSTANDING FLORIDA WATERS"
DESIGNATION

Enclosed please find a copy of the Environmental Protection
Commission's Resolution supporting the designation of the upper
Hillsborough River as an "Outstanding Florida Water". My
understanding is that you will be including a copy of the
Resolution in your application for designation. Best of luck in
this endeavor.

If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to
contact us.


Sincerely,


Vernon R. Wagn,


Esquire


Enclosures


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A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING
THE DESIGNATION OF UPPER HILLSBOROUGH RIVER
AS OUTSTANDING FLORIDA WATERS



Upon motion by Commissioner Joe Chillura, which was seconded by Commissioner Jim Norman,

the following Resolution was adopted by a unanimous 5 to 0 vote:

WHEREAS, the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission is created by Chapter

84-446, Laws of Florida;

WHEREAS, "Outstanding Florida Waters" are waters designated as worthy of special protection by

the Florida Department of Environmental Protection because of their attributes;

WHEREAS, the portion of the Hillsborough River falling within Hillsborough County, specifically

bordering Hillsborough River State Park off Highway 301 and extending South of that park to Fletcher

Avenue and North to Crystal Springs, have such exceptional recreational and ecological significance that

the water quality should be maintained and protected under all circumstances and for all time;

WHEREAS, the Citizens Environmental Advisory Committee has recommended that the Commission

support the designation of the currently non-designated portion of the upper Hillsborough River as

"Outstanding Florida Waters";

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSION

OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN REGULAR MEETING ASSEMBLED ON THE 23RD DAY OF MARCH,

1994, AS FOLLOWS:

That the Commission favors and supports the above described portion of the Hillsborough River

being designated as "Outstanding Florida Waters", forever protecting this valuable, useful and unique

waterway.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County,

Florida on this /_ of /P/, 1994.






Chairpeoon Jan K. Platt
Environmental Protection Commission


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Post Office Box 1480
Bartow, Florida 33830
Telephone: 813/533-3181
Fax: 813/533-2641



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Phosphate Operations

May 10, 1994

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Mr. Alan Wright a
Hillsborough County City/County 'MY 1994
Planning Department MA M
County Center 18th Floor A 13
601 East Kennedy Street 9 o ---
Tampa, Florida 33602 %-

RE: OUTSTANDING FLORIDA WATER DESIGNATION FOR PORTIONS OF
THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER

Dear Mr. Wright:

Please accept this letter as support from CF Industries,
Inc. (CFI) for the designation of a portion of the
Hillsborough River as an Outstanding Florida Water.

The CFI Plant City Phosphate Complex operates under both
Federal and State surface water discharge permits and has a
permitted discharge point for non-process water into Big
Ditch, which is a tributary to the Hillsborough River. Big
Ditch flows east to west adjacent to the CFI facility and
enters the river, off of CFI property, within the area being
considered for OFW designation. Any water released from the
permitted outfall comes from a 200+ acre wetland system
managed by CFI on its own property.

As a long time steward of our land in Northeast Hillsborough
County and as an operator of a major industrial complex, CFI
has committed financial and professional resources to the
Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force. We feel, as a
private property owner, that any long range development
plans should involve the protection of Hillsborough River
basin for future generations. The mission of the Task Force
is to provide a "...regional plan for the permanent
protection of the Hillsborough River..." with a focus on the
portion of the river from Fletcher Avenue (Tampa) north to
Crystal Springs. This section of the river provides
valuable plant and animal habitat, unique recreational
opportunities, and is a major source of drinking water for
the citizens of Tampa. As a member of the Task Force, CFI







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May 10, 1994



is committed to operating our facility consistent with this
mission, and where feasible to enhance these natural
resources in the basin. The Outstanding Florida Water
designation is certainly compatible with the CFI operating
philosophy.


Si ly,



Parker W. Keen
Director-Environmental Affairs



cc: A. L. Holmes, CF
Scott Emery, 1000 Friends
Tom Dyer, HRGTF
Eric Shaw, DEP


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r Florida House of Representatives



Brian P. Rush Committees
Representative, 47th District
Representative, 47th District Employee & Management Relations
Employee Benefits Subcommittee, Chairman
Finance & Taxation
General Government Subcommittee, Chairman
Health Care
Judiciary, Vice Chairman
May 27, 1994 Natural Resources


Mr. Eric Shaw
Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers Office Building
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Re: Outstanding Florida Waters Designation
for the Hillsborough River

Dear Eric:

It is my understanding that the Hillsborough River Greenways
Task Force has submitted an application to have the Hillsborough
River from Fletcher Avenue in Tampa north to Crystal Springs in
Pasco County designated as an Outstanding Florida Water. I would
like to lend my support to this endeavor.

Designation of this portion of the Hillsborough River as an
Outstanding Florida Water will afford greater protection for a
segment of the river that provides habitat for over 100 listed
plant and animal species, provides recreational opportunities to
over 300,000 persons annually, and is the major source of
drinking water for the City of Tampa. We are all fortunate that
this segment of the Hillsborough River, a short distance from a
major metropolitan area, provides so many benefits to the
region's wildlife and citizens. It is a river segment that we
must all strive to protect.

An Outstanding Florida Waters designation will add another
level of protection to a river that richly deserves such
protection. I hope you will agree with me, and select the
designated segment of the Hillsborough River as an Outstanding
Florida Water.

Sincerely,



Brian P. Rush
Representative, District 47

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4iJ ) Florida House of Representatives


Jim Davis Committees
Representative, 56th District
Employee & Management Relations, Chair
Appropriations
Higher Education
Health Care
Natural Resources
Joint Legislative Management Committee

May 24, 1994



Mr. Eric Shaw
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers Office Building
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400

Dear Mr. Shaw:

It has come to my attention that the Hillsborough River
Greenways Task Force is submitting an application to have the
Hillsborough River from Fletcher Avenue in Tampa north to Crystal
Springs in Pasco County designated as an Outstanding Florida'
Water (OFW).

I wish to offer my support for this designation. As an OFW,
this section of the Hillsborough River will be afforded greater
protection, which is critical for maintaining and improving the
River's water quality. Currently, this area helps sustain over
100 listed plant and animal species, provides recreational
opportunities to over 300,000 persons annually, and it is the
major source of drinking water for the residents of Tampa.

I would appreciate your full consideration of this
designation, as it will add greatly to the protection of the
River and Tampa Bay's drinking water.

S* cerely,



DAVIS
State Representative
District 56
JD/sk

cc: Alan Wright
Hillsborough County City/County Planning Department




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Florida House of Representatives


Carl D. Littlefield
Representative, 61st District

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Committees
Aging & Human Services
Community Affairs
Tourism & Economic Development
Joint Committee:
Joint Legislative Auditing


May 23, 1994

Mr. Eric Shaw
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers Office Building
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Dear Mr. Shaw:

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend for your consideration the Outstanding Florida Waters
Designation for the Hillsborough River.

Designation of the Hillsborough River will afford greater protection for a segment of the river that
provides habitat for over 100 listed plant and animal species, provides recreational opportunities to over
300,000 people annually, and is the major source of drinking water for the City of Tampa.

The Hillsborough River provides so many benefits to the region's wildlife and citizens that we must all
strive to protect.

In the challenge and rewards of public service, I remain ...

Sincerely,



Carl D. L ttlefield
State Representat e
District 61

CDL/rr

cc: Mr. Alan Wright, Hillsborough County
Mr. Thomas H. Dyer, Chairman
Florida Greenways Program


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OGDEN MARTIN SYSTEMS
OF HILLSBOROUGH, INC.
350 FALKENBURG ROAD
TAMPA. FL 33619
PHONE. (813) 684-5688





May 11, 1994




Mr. Eric Shaw
Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers Office Building
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400

Subject: Outstanding Florida Waters Designation
for Portions of the Hillsborough River

Dear Mr. Shaw:

On behalf of Ogden Martin Systems, Inc., it is with great pleasure
that I submit this letter in support of the designation of a
portion of the Hillsborough River as an Outstanding Florida Water.

Designation of the Hillsborough River from Fletcher Avenue (Tampa)
north to Crystal Springs as an Outstanding Florida Water will
afford greater protection for a segment of the river that provides
habitat for over 100 listed plant and animal species, provides
recreational opportunities to over 300,000 persons annually, and is
the major source of drinking water for the City of Tampa.

We are all fortunate that this segment of the Hillsborough River,
a short distance from downtown Tampa, provides so many benefits to
the region's wildlife and citizens. It is a river segment that we
must all strive to protect. An Outstanding Florida Waters
designation will add another level of protection to a river that
richly deserves such protection.

Sincerely,




Kimberly M. Boyle
Community Relations














9455 Koger Boulevard
St. Petersburg. FL 33702-2491
(813) 577-5151/Tampa 224-9380
Suncom 586-3217


May 9, 1994


officers Mr. Eric Shaw
Officers
Florida Department of
Chairman Environmental Protection
Mayor Charles A.Mclntosh, Jr. T n T O
Twin Towers Office Building
Vice-Chairman 2600 Blair Stone Road
Councilman
Rudolf "Rudy" Fernandez Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400


SecretaryTrrea surer
Commissioner
Richard A. Fitzgerald

Executive Director
Julia E. Greene


Dear Mr. Shaw:


Subject:


Outstanding Florida Waters Designation for
Portions of the Hillsborough River


On behalf of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, it is with
great pleasure that I submit this letter in support of the designation
of a portion of the Hillsborough River as an Outstanding Florida
Water.

Designation of the Hillsborough River from Fletcher Avenue (Tampa)
to Crystal Springs as an Outstanding Florida Water, as proposed by
the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force, will afford protection
for a segment of the river that provides habitat for over 100 listed
plant and animal species, provides recreational opportunities to over
300,000 persons annually, and is a major source of drinking water for
the City of Tampa.

In addition, it is further recommended, based on the Council's Agency
on Bay Management recommendation, that the proposal be expanded
to include the major tributaries north of Fletcher Avenue and the
headwaters of the Hillsborough River to the boundaries of the
Withlacoochee River Outstanding Florida Water area. The inclusion
of the expanded area will greatly enhance the protection of the water
source and the natural resources of the river. A copy of the Agency
on Bay Management's letter is enclosed.









We are all fortunate that this segment of the Hillsborough River, a
short distance from downtown Tampa, provides so many benefits to
the region's wildlife and citizens. The upper river is a resource we
must all strive to protect. An Outstanding Florida Waters designation
will add another level of protection to a river that richly deserves such
protection.

Sincerely,



Charles A. McIntosh, Jr.
Chairman


enclosure


cc: Mr. Tom Dyer
Commissioner Jan Platt
Dr. Richard Garrity
Ms. Nancy Deskins
Mr. Michael English
Councilman Scott Paine
Mr. Alan Wright









THE FLORIDA SENATE
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100

COMMITTEES:
Education.
Vice Chairman
Appropriations. Sub. B
SENATOR JOHN GRANT Commerce
International Trade, Economic
13th District Development and Tourism
Judiciary
Rules and Calendar




June 2, 1994


Virginia B. Wetherell, Secretary
Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

RE: Resolution Supporting the Designation of the Hillsborough River North of Fletcher Avenue in
Tampa, Florida as an Outstanding Florida Waterway by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection
Hillsborough County Resolution Number 94-0123

Dear Virginia:

Attached is a copy of the referenced resolution, approved by the Hillsborough County Board of County
Commissioners on May 18, 1994.

I wholeheartedly support this resolution and encourage the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection to designate this portion of the Hillsborough River as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. Not
only is the Hillsborough River an important source of fresh water for our community, it is a beautiful,
clean waterway which has a state park on its banks. This designation would protect the Hillsborough
River State Park and the river from further development, and would allow this area to be preserved for
future generations.

I appreciate your review of this situation, and will await your prompt response.

Cordially yours,



J GRANT

JAG/rmb








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Florida House of Representatives


Carl D. Littlefield
Representative, 61st District

Rely to:
E' 10628 U.S. Highway 301
Dade City, FL 33525
(904) 523-5025
(800) 375-5025
O 48 House Office Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(904) 488-5744


Committees
Aging & Human Services
Community Affairs
Tourism & Economic Development
Joint Committee:
Joint Legislative Auditing


May 23, 1994

Mr. Eric Shaw
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Twin Towers Office Building
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Dear Mr. Shaw:

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend for your consideration the Outstanding Florida Waters
Designation for the Hillsborough River.

Designation of the Hillsborough River will afford greater protection for a segment of the river that
provides habitat for over 100 listed plant and animal species, provides recreational opportunities to over
300,000 people annually, and is the major source of drinking water for the City of Tampa.

The Hillsborough River provides so many benefits to the region's wildlife and citizens that we must all
strive to protect.

In the challenge and rewards of public service, I remain ...

Sincerely,



Carl D. L ttlefield
State Representate
District 61

CDL/rr

cc: Mr. Alan Wright, Hillsborough County
Mr. Thomas H. Dyer, Chairman
Florida Greenways Program


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