FOA Pulled permits for construction of a large scale organic shrimp farm. When completed this will open new jobs for the Fellsmere Area.
Fellsmere Water Control District has retained Terry E. Lewis of Lewis, Longman and Walker to represent the District along with General Council Michael O'Haire in the upcoming legislative session to convert Fellsmere Water Control District from a Chapter 298 Water Control District to a Chapter 190 Community Improvement District. (refer to July 2012 meeting minutes)
The Fellsmere Water Management Area will add an additional 10,000 acres of restored wetlands to the headwaters of the St. Johns River. This land, formerly owned by Sun-Ag, Inc., was previously used for pasture, citrus and row crops. Fellsmere Water Control District was involved by the sale of the right of ways it owned in the fee simple title in the project area.
The Fellsmere Water Management Area will:
Restore agricultural land to wetlands, reducing the annual amount of phosphorus and chloride flowing to the upper St. Johns River.
Result in a mosaic of wetland types that will provide habitat for a large number of species, including migratory waterfowl and listed species.
Decrease the frequency of freshwater discharges through the C-54 canal to the lagoon to less than a 1-inch 100 year storm event
Conserve ground water that is currently being withdrawn from the Floridan aquifer.
Augment dry season flows to the St. Johns River, enhancing downstream aquatic environments.
Increase water storage in the Blue Cypress Lake watershed.
Fellsmere Water Control District is working with the Parks Service and St. Johns River Water Management District to place a Bailey Bridge across the Main Canal for Park Maintenance and recreational use by the public for hiking, horse back and bicycling.
Picture of Bailey Bridge
The United States Environmental Protection Agency, by letter dated January 14, 2009, has mandated that the State of Florida develop numeric water quality standards for all Florida lakes and flowing waters by January 14, 2010 and for all Florida estuaries by January 14, 2011. This has been a continuing issue for FWCD since 2009 to date.
If the State of Florida does not establish numeric water quality standards by the mandated deadlines, the United States Environmental Protection Agency will implement numeric standards for the State of Florida.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of developing rules establishing numeric water quality standards for all of Florida's lakes and flowing waters.
FWCD is a special district established pursuant to general law for the express purposes of flood control, water supply and comprehensive water resource management.
FWCD maintains and operates an extensive system of waterways, pumps, dikes and other water control structures to protect the property, residents and development within the District.
The implementation of numeric water quality standards for Florida waters, including man-made canals and downstream natural water bodies, will (1) significantly impact the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the FWCD facilities; (2) significantly impact the FWCD primary purpose; and (3) significantly impact the District economically.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protections rule development is on a expedited schedule requiring immediate attention. Contact your local delegation to express your concerns.
The District Board declares the development of numeric water quality standards for Florida's waters an issue of high concern and importance deserving the FWCD participation in the numeric water quality standards development process.
The Florida Association of Special Districts has retained counsel to represent the Florida Association of Special Districts', and its members', interests in connection with the development of numeric water quality standards for all of Florida's waters.
The FWCD Board understands that a collaborative effort with similarly situated special district monitoring and participation in the development of numeric water quality standards is critical.
FWCD is a member in good standing with the Florida Association of Special Districts and fully supports the Florida Association of Special Districts' efforts associated with the development of numeric water quality standards, including but not limited to the retention of counsel and consultants.
FWCD as a member of the Florida Association of Special Districts, fully supports the Florida Association of Special Districts' efforts to monitor and actively participate in the development of numeric water quality standards for Florida waters.
FWCD staff is authorized and directed to assist the Florida Association of Special Districts in its efforts releated to numeric water quality standards, including but not limited to providing monitoring data, economic statistics, and other technical information.
That the development of numeric water quality standards for Florida's waters, including man-made canals, will have a significant impact on FWCD's operations and therefore the FWCD is committed to supporting the Florida Association of Special Districts' efforts for as long as deemed necessary.