|Water Supply Planning/Series of Public Meetings|
|Written by Marjorie Holt|
|Friday, May 15 2009|
St. Johns River Water Management District
Jeff Cole,Communications and Governmental Affairs Director (386) 329-4497
Area 4:Ed Garland (321) 676-6612(Office) or (321) 863-0055 (Cellular)
Series of public meetings to focus on water supply planning
PALATKA, Fla., May 6, 2009 - The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold three public meetings to initiate the 2010 water supply planning process.
The meetings are open to all interested parties and the District encourages participation. The District will use these meetings to review the draft Water Supply Assessment (WSA) 2008 and discuss with participants the 2010 District water supply planning process.
The draft WSA 2008 projects water use through the year 2030 and identifies areas where current and anticipated sources of water and conservation efforts will not be adequate to meet projected needs and sustain the water resources and related natural systems. These areas are called priority water resource caution areas (PWRCAs). PWRCAs focus the District's planning efforts during the 2010 water supply planning process.
Approximately 97 percent of the District's 18-county region has been identified in the draft WSA 2008 as PWRCAs or potential PWRCAs. Through the planning process, the potential PWRCAs will be refined to determine whether they are indeed areas of concern or can be reduced in scope.
The first of a series of public meetings will be held in the north, central and southern water supply planning areas of the District. The purpose of the meetings is to establish work groups for each planning area and inform participants of the 2010 planning process and schedules:
District objectives for the 2010 water supply planning process are to allow review and further evaluation of projected water resource impacts, finalize identification of PWRCAs for the 2010 plan, complete the WSA 2008 and include it as an appendix in the 2010 plan, and identify strategies to prevent unacceptable impacts and incorporate these strategies into the 2010 plan.
The District is taking every opportunity to ensure that all interested parties participate in this important planning process.
For more information, visit the District's Web site at www.sjrwmd.com/watersupplyplanning.
|Last Updated ( Friday, May 15 2009 )|
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