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Wednesday, July 19 • 1:30pm - 3:10pm
JJ. Minimum Flows and Levels

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JJ.  MINIMUM FLOWS AND LEVELS:  FLORIDA’S NEXT GREAT REGULATORY CHALLENGE 

To prevent significant harm to the water resource, the water management districts must adopt minimum flows and levels for waterbodies and groundwater according to an annual priority list.  If the waterbody does not meet, or is projected not to meet, the adopted minimum flow or level, the district must adopt a recovery or prevention strategy.  Going through this process, the water management districts have found that many waterbodies are below their established minimum flow or level and thus require a recovery or prevention strategy.  Some districts are re-evaluating their minimum flows and levels to see if they were set correctly.  Minimum flows and levels and their associated prevention or recovery strategies can affect water users by causing cutbacks on existing sources, forcing development of alternative water supplies, and forcing participation in aquifer or surface water body recharge projects, in each case creating general uncertainty.  This course focuses on the process by which minimum flows or levels are developed and adopted, while also identifying where minimum flows or levels are already in place or are scheduled for adoption in the future, how water users are impacted, and what you can do to protect your water uses. 

Moderators
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Doug Manson

Shareholder, Manson Bolves Donaldson & Varn, P.A.

Speakers
avatar for Terrie Bates

Terrie Bates

Palm Beach Gardens
Retired after 35 years at the South Florida Water Management District. Former Water Resources Division Director with management responsibility for the Applied Sciences, Water Quality and Water Supply Bureaus. Focus areas include Minimum Flows & Levels and Water Reservations; Ecological... Read More →
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Mark Hammond

Director, Resource Management Division, Southwest Florida Water Management District
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Carlos Herd

Water Supply Division Director, Suwannee River Water Management District
Minimum flows and levels Water supply planning
avatar for Mike Register

Mike Register

Director, Division Of Regulatory Services, St. Johns River Water Management District
In my current position with the District, I am responsible for overseeing the Bureaus responsible for performing surface water and groundwater modeling, developing minimum flow and levels (MFLs) and prevention/recovery strategies, and conducting the district's water supply planning... Read More →


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