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Proposed Minimum Flow for Outstanding Florida Springs: Falmouth Spring, Lafayette Blue Spring, Peacock Springs, and Troy Spring

In 2016, Senate Bill 552 created the “Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act,” in which the Legislature designated Outstanding Florida Springs (OFS). There are a total of fourteen springs or spring groups listed as OFS within Suwannee River Water Management District (District), four of which currently do not have an adopted minimum flow or minimum level (MFL). Senate Bill 552 requires that MFLs be set for all OFS on or before July 1, 2017, and gave water management districts the ability to use emergency rulemaking, if necessary. Adoption of this emergency rule will put regional water resource protections in place until the final rule is adopted.  The District is seeking stakeholder input during the process to finalize and adopt the emergency rule.   

On June 13, 2017, the District Governing Board will be asked to consider adoption of an Emergency Rule for four OFS: Falmouth Spring, Lafayette Blue Spring, Peacock Springs, and Troy Spring. On May 24, 2017 at 2:00PM and 6:00PM, the District will host two public workshops at District headquarters in Live Oak, FL to discuss the science behind the proposed MFL and provide the opportunity for public comment.  In preparation for these workshops, please review the following links: DRAFT Middle Suwannee River (MSR) MFL technical report, DRAFT Minimum Flows Determination and Status Evaluation of Four OFS, and the proposed OFS emergency rule language.