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SFWMD Public Rulemaking Workshop for the EAA Reservoir Water Reservation

July 14, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
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https://www.sfwmd.gov/event/public-rulemaking-workshop-eaa-2-reservoir-water-reservation

Workshop will be held via Zoom Webinar:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y9fAqf4HScqeEoJtHGO5hg

CONTACT INFORMATION: [email protected], (561) 682-6340 

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE DISCUSSED: 

This workshop is the first to be held by the District for review of rulemaking activities for the proposed Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) A-2 Reservoir water reservation for the protection of fish and wildlife in the Central Everglades. 

A copy of the workshop agenda, draft Technical Document to Support the Central Everglades Planning Project Everglades Agricultural Area A-2 Reservoir Water Reservation dated May, 2020 (Technical Document), draft rules and relevant parts of the Applicant’s Handbook for Water Use Permit Applications within the South Florida Water Management District will be available on the District’s webpage at www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/water-reservations under the CEPP EAA A-2 Reservoir tab two weeks prior to the workshop. 

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the event by contacting the South Florida Water Management District Clerk at (800) 432-2045, ext. 6805 or (561) 682-6805. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (Voice)

The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) is the framework to restore the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. As part of CERP, the EAA Reservoir Project was authorized by WRDA 2018 as a multi-purpose reservoir. It will store regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee and EAA basin runoff, thereby substantially decreasing the frequency and intensity of harmful discharges to the Northern Estuaries. The EAA Reservoir Project will also deliver an average annual flow of 370,000 acre-feet above the existing flows to the central Everglades, benefiting fish and wildlife. It will also enhance regional water supplies for existing legal users, which will increase the water available to meet environmental needs. The proposed water reservation rule will protect the water needed for fish and wildlife as required by CERP.

Section 601 of WRDA 2000 requires the State to protect water made available for the natural system by CERP projects from allocation to consumptive uses. Legal protection of the water is required before the South Florida Water Management District (District) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) may execute a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) to cost-share the construction of CERP project features. The District is fulfilling these requirements by adopting rules reserving the water released from the EAA Reservoir Project to the central Everglades.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the draft rule text and supporting technical document, which identifies the water needed for the protection of fish and wildlife.

SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Water reservation for the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir, in volumes, locations, and time of the year as is necessary for the protection of fish and wildlife and associated “Applicant’s Handbook for Water Use Permit Applications within the South Florida Water Management District” criteria.

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 373.044, 373.113, 373.171, 373.216 FS

LAW IMPLEMENTED: 373.042, 373.0421, 373.083, 373.109, 373.196, 373.219, 373.223, 373.224, 373.229, 373.232, 373.233, 373.236, 373.239, 373.250 FS

A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:

DATE AND TIME: July 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y9fAqf4HScqeEoJtHGO5hg

PLACE: This rule development workshop will include online public engagement as part of SFWMD's efforts to engage the public and stakeholders while preventing potential spread of COVID-19. The workshop will be conducted through Zoom. Zoom is a free online meeting tool that can be used from a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Pre-register using the link listed above. You will receive an email immediately after registration with details on how to join the online workshop.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: District Clerk @ 1(800)432-2045, ext. 6805 or (561)682-6805 If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Don Medellin, Principal Scientist, P. O. Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, 1(800)432-6340, ext. 6340 or (561)682-6340, [email protected]

Preliminary rule text, draft supporting technical document, and agenda have been prepared and will be available two weeks before the workshop at https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/water-reservations.

THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.