AGENDA ITEM 6
DATE: March 3, 1998
P < TO: Jerry L. Maxwell, General Manager
S THRU: Russel A. Bowman II, Director of Planning and Development
S FROM: Henry Robert Le, Strategic Planning Manager
The AutaltijinMtr SUBJECT: Master Water Plan Projects Status Report
RECOMMENDATION: For information only. The purpose of this report is to provide an
MLtfn the status of theMWfMHfer PhlM P)ptIectW.
DISCUSSION: 1IB arW msuppl4projects, three pipeline projects, and a demand management
program are components of the MWP that are currently contracted through S04 Ad At a
minimum, Stage A consists of determining project feasibility, preparation of preliminary designs
and, where applicable, securing water use permits.
An opportunity to optimize the MWP is currently being investigated. The concept of an
Enhanced Surface Water System proposes to integrate the three surface water supply projects and
one transmission project: the Industrial/Agricultural Exchange/Alafia River, Tampa Bypass
Canal, Hillsborough River High Water, and the South Central Intertie. The Authority has tasked
its system engineer with determining the viability of this system and producing a preliminary
engineering report by March 30, 1998.
Additional work to support the WUP applications is being conducted by Ayers & Associates,
Coastal Environmental, and SDI Environmental Services. Ayers & Associates are currently
working to produce a demand forecasting report that will be used as supporting documents for all
MWP WUP applications. Coastal Environmental is working to produce a document that will
address issues associated with reduced fresh water flow to Tampa Bay, water quality associated
with storage in mined phosphate areas, and impending minimum flows on the Alafia River.
Concurrently, SDI is tasked with researching and evaluating the relationship between stream flow
and rainfall in west central Florida.
The status of the individual projects in Stage A of the MWP is described below. Project specific
activities and milestones are included in this report.
Enhanced Surface Water System
In September 1997, Law Engineering and Environmental was tasked with developing
conceptually a system that integrates the three surface water projects within the MWP.
In October 1997, Law Engineering and Environmental submitted a report titled "Conceptual
Development of an Enhanced Surface Water Supply System" which detailed the integration
of one transmission project and three supply projects.
In November 1997, the system engineer was tasked with determining the viability of the
concept of integrating the four MWP projects.
The system engineer evaluated the concept of the Enhanced Surface Water System as
presented by Law Engineering & Environmental and determined that the concept had no fatal
flaws. However, a number of technical issues were identified that need to be addressed to
develop the concept into a viable water supply system.
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March 3, 1998
* In December 1997, the system engineer's scope of work was expanded to allow continued
development of the concept.
* On January 19, 1998, the system engineer submitted a memorandum that detailed the issues
resolved to date, issues under evaluation, and issued to be resolved.
* System engineer continues to meet with project managers of HDR, Parsons Engineering
Science and PBS&J (project consultants) to delineate areas of responsibilities and establish
deadline dates for the submittal of key project data and information.
* HDR and Parsons Engineering Science project consultants to submit project specific
information to system engineer by February 27, 1998.
Industrial/Agricultural Exchange/Alafia River:
* .iiwi iilllit rl. _t6g. by1ae.Agricultwal Industry, the pojec shifted focus to direct potable
use of Alafiaiver water and aquifer storage and recovery.
* National Audobon Society applied to SWFWMD for co-funding to create an Alafia River
Greenways Task Force (ARGTF). Public Information consultant offered to fund "in kind
services" for the first year of ARGTF. This funding would come from the project's budget.
This funding would be in support of the ARGTF's review of the project and Enhanced
Surface Water System.
* In January 1998, the Authority Board approved a contract amendment to assign HDR
Engineering, Inc. as the lead consultant for the project.
* Project team continues to pursue a new reservoir site. The IMC-Agrico 2,600-acre site is
currently under consideration as well as other sites in southern Hillsborough County.
* Formation of the Alafia River Basin Stewardship Council (ARBSC) in cooperation with the
National Audubon Society. The ARBSC is a citizen's advisory committee for the
development, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the Alafia River Basin. One
of its first tasks will be citizen input for the Industrial/Agricultural Exchange/Alafia River
* First ARBSC public meeting held at the Riverview Community Center on February 26,
Brandon Urban Dispersed Wells:
* Hydrological and ecological evaluations in support of the BUDW Water Use Permit
application are on schedule. A technical memorandum by Terra Environmental Services,
Inc. outlining the major components of the proposed Water Use Permit application has been
completed (see Agenda item on this subject).
* Met with SWFWMD permit staff on February 16 and March 5 to discuss hydrologic
modeling and evaluation needs for the BUDW Water Use Permit application. fr-.j
application meetingion the permit is being scheduled for the week of March 16, 199".
* Joint BUDW/South Central Hillsborough Intertie Public Meeting was held February 17 at
Mann Middle School in Brandon.
Cone Ranch & Dispersed Wells:
* Diversified Drilling completed installation of test/production well,TP-3 on February 18,
1998. The well was later developed and tested for specific capacity at rates of 750 gpm,
1,300 gpm, and 2,100 gpm.
* SWFWMD has completed installation of all 10 pairs of monitoring well. The Authority has
installed water level recorders on all the wells.
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March 3, 1998
* Authority staff is in the process of negotiating scope of work and fee with CH2M Hill team
for the next phase of the Cone Ranch Project.
Tampa Bypass Canal:
On January 30, 1998 the project Consultant (Parsons Engineering Science) requested
information from the City of Tampa regarding the City's future plans for
expansion/improvements at the 30h Street Water Treatment Plant. The information is
necessary to evaluate the facility's potential to treat water from the Enhanced Surface Water
System and conveyance to the region.
Draft technical memorandums on water treatment processes and regional water treatment
plant siting were provided for review and comment at the February 12, 1998 TAC meeting.
* A public meeting was held on February 12, 1998 at Armwood High School in Seffner to
discuss the TBC project (and Hillsborough River High Water project) and provide the public
with project team recommendations regarding withdrawal and treatment facilities.
* A pre-application meeting (Water Use Permit Application) with SWFWMD and City of
Tampa Staff was conducted on February 27, 1998. The meeting was to discuss preparation of
supporting information for the TBC and Hillsborough River High Water WUP application.
Hillsborough River High Water:
* Modeling of the Hillsborough River to predict flow availability was completed in February.
* Authority and City of Tampa Staff met on February 13, 1998 to discuss the Hillsborough
River High Water project and Authority data/information needs regarding the City's
Hillsborough River Water Treatment Facility.
* Hillsborough River High Water Project briefing before the Hillsborough River Planning
Commission scheduled for March 10, 1998.
Hillsborough Bay Resource Exchange:
* Ecosystem Team Permit due May 20, 1998.
* Team Permitting meetings occurred in February. Discussions focused on permit timelines,
Environmental Impact Statement status, comments received on decision memoranda (Bay
quantity of removal, TBC/Hillsborough River discharge, and pipeline route analysis), and
draft decision memorandum on water use permitting. EIS timeline proposed and public
notice of meetings will be coordinated with project management.
* Draft membrane treatment memorandum completed as requested by the Independent
* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit application will be submitted on May1.
North and South Central Hillsborough Interties:
* The preferred route for the North Central Intertie project was presented to the public at
Armwood High School in Seffner on February 12, 1998. The preferred route for the South
Central Hillsborough Intertie was presented to the public, February 17,1998, at Mann Middle
School in Brandon.
* Staff and consultant are finalizing the route study.
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March 3, 1998
Loop 72 Transmission Main Phase A:
* Staff and consultant met with Tampa Palms Community Development District on January
14 to discuss the Master Water Plan and alternative routes under consideration through the
Tampa Palms/New Tampa area.
* Staff and consultant are finalizing the route study and plan to present the results at a public
meeting in March 1998.
Cypress Bridge Permit Increase:
* Developing responses to District's request for clarification of additional information.
* Five proposals received on December 3, 1997. Proposals are under evaluation.
* Clarification information was received from developers on February 9, 1998.
* Preliminary evaluation of proposals was presented to Board in February 1998.
* Fourth public meeting held in Tarpon Springs on February 26, 1998.
* Ranking of proposals will be presented in March 1998 Board meeting.
Public Information & Involvement:
* Conducted briefings with Hillsborough County Commissioners.
* Finalized key messages to incorporate Enhanced Surface Water System and the impact
public involvement has had on individual projects.
* Updated all project specific Master Water Plan fact sheets.
* Coordinated site-specific logistics for March 10 Board public meeting.
* For March 10 Board public meeting, distributed letters to all Master Water Plan
stakeholders; distributed calendar listings and designed newspaper display ad.
* Coordinated with local media on Master Water Plan news stories.
* Board-approved Oversight Committee met twice in February. Information collection from
members behind schedule. Group received memorandum summarizing demand-forecast
models and a preliminary list of recommended Best Management Practices.
* Presentation to Board in March 1998 on how the demand forecast model will work. Also
providing memorandum summarizing the demand forecast template.
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