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Clay-Putnam prevention/recovery strategy development process

The unique challenges of the Keystone Heights lake region have been a focus of the St. Johns River Water Management District for many years. The district has dedicated staff and financial resources to the development of projects to improve water levels in the lakes and the underlying Floridan aquifer. Low water levels in area lakes are the result of a combination of lack of rainfall and the area’s geologic features, along with regional groundwater pumping.

In June 2011, the district initiated a stakeholder process to develop comprehensive strategies to improve water levels and achieve minimum flows and levels in lakes Geneva and Brooklyn in Clay County and Cowpen and Grandin in Putnam County. The collaborative process involved a Technical Work Group and later an Implementation Work Group made up of community and regional stakeholders.

The Technical Work Group was tasked with assisting District staff in developing proposed prevention and recovery strategy options. The Implementation Work Group evaluated the measures developed by the Technical Work Group and other potential options. A recommendation from the Implementation Work Group was approved in May 2013.

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