Title: Safe Upland Elevations, Kissimmee River Basin
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Title: Safe Upland Elevations, Kissimmee River Basin
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Letter To: L.M. Blain From: Terry E. Wilkinson, Chief Bureau of Survey and Mapping Division of State Lands August 12, 1992
General Note: Box 9, Folder 10 ( SF- Safe Upland Line - 1967 and 1992 ), Item 10
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00001889
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Mr. L. M. (Buddy) Blain, Esquire
Blain and Cone, P.A.
202 Madison Street
Tampa, Florida 33602

RE: Safe Upland Line Elevations,
Kissimmee River Basin

Dear Mr. Blain:

This letter is in response to your request for the basis of the
Bureau's recommending certain elevations for determination of the
safe upland line (SUL) for acquisition purposes along the
Kissimmee River.

As you are aware, negotiations have been underway for many years
to settle the issue of ownership along the Kissimmee River Basin.
Because of the current active program by the South Florida Water
Management District (District) for restoration of the Kissimmee
River, the Department has worked with personnel of the District
to aid in the identification of possible sovereignty interest
along the river system. Although the Department has not
undergone a comprehensive effort to define the ordinary high
water line (OHWL) along the chain of lakes and river in its
entirety, utilizing all of the botanical, geologic, geomorphic,
and hydrologic indicators, a significant amount of data does

We normally provide SUL elevations of 10% stage duration because
past studies conducted by the Department have shown that this is
typically at the upper end of the range associated with other
OHWL indicators. To my knowledge, the elevation discussed in
settlement negotiations has been 52.5 feet for Lake Kissimmee:
This elevation correlates with the 15% pre-regulation stage
duration. Additionally, the 15% stage duration is the current
regulated high water elevation of Lake Kissimmee. Using the 15%
pre-regulation stage will assure uniformity along the entire
Kissimmee basin.

Resource Management State Lands

Law Enforcement Marine Resources Recreation and Parks


Administration Beaches and Shores

Mr. L. M. (Buddy) Blain
August 12, 1992
Page Two

By utilizing the 15% pre-regulation stage duration, corresponding
elevations can be determined along the chain of lakes and river,
the location marked on the ground, and adjacent lands surveyed to
determine acreage. If the shoreline configuration has been
altered by dredging or filling activities, historic aerial
photography and/or topographic information can be utilized for
placement of the line.

For the determination of the elevations corresponding to the 15%
stage duration at specific sites along the river system, we would
likely rely on District hydrologists, since they are perhaps the
most familiar with the characteristics of the river system prior
to, and subsequent to, regulation effects.

This methodology is not intended to represent the true boundary
line as would be determined by extensive field inspections along
the Kissimmee Basin which would correlate all possible indicators
for a proper OHWL determination. However, we strongly believe
that it is a practical tool and, if used properly, will establish
a line that would minimize compromises by all parties involved.

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to call me at

Terry E. Wikinson, Chief
SBureau of Survey and Mapping
SDivision of State Lands


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