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Suwannee River Water Management District Adopts Emergency Rule for Outstanding FL Springs

By SRWMS Communications

LIVE OAK, FL – The Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) Governing Board recently adopted an emergency rule to establish minimum flows and levels (MFL) for four Outstanding Florida Springs: Falmouth Spring, Lafayette Blue Spring, Peacock Springs, and Troy Spring, as required by the Florida Springs and Aquifer Protection Act, Part VIII, Ch. 373, Florida Statutes.

The District Governing Board voted to adopt the emergency rule on June 13, 2017, following two public workshops hosted by the District in May to facilitate public awareness and commentary. The emergency rule will go into effect on July 1, 2017 and will remain in effect until a final rule is adopted.

MFLs are the minimum water level or flow limits placed on a body of water to prevent excessive water withdrawals that could cause harm to the water resource or ecology.

MFLs are developed by the SRWMD using the best available science and are adhered to when administering permits for water use. The goal of MFLs is to ensure the sustainability of our water supply and protection of our water resources.

For more information about the Outstanding Florida Springs emergency rule and the Water Management District visit the Suwannee River Water Management District or contact the district at 386.362.1001.

The SRWMD serves 15 north central Florida counties.

Photo: SRWMD, Lafayette Blue Springs, Mayo, FL

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