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Sleepy Creek Lands consumptive use permit application

Updated on 10-13-2016

Public input

Public input on the Sleepy Creek Lands consumptive use permit application that requests a new allocation of 1.12 mgd can be provided on the District’s e‑Permitting site.

Public comments are compiled monthly and can be viewed on the e-permitting site. Click on the “Public Correspondence Received by Month” folder.


During the permit application process, the name of the project was changed from Adena Springs Ranch to Sleepy Creek North and East Tracts. The second permit modification request converted the pending application number from 129419-1 to 91926-4.

Additional facts
  • Consolidation of two existing consumptive use permits (CUPs) did not increase the already permitted water use allocations. The original allocations were approved in 2001 (0.55 mgd) and 2006 (0.91 mgd), and the applicant was not requesting additional water.
  • At least 0.96 mgd of the allocated groundwater withdrawals would be located approximately 2.7 miles farther away from Silver Springs (a total distance of 12.2 miles from the springs), which could be beneficial to the spring flows.
  • An environmental resource permit (ERP) was issued to construct a stormwater management system to address potential water quality issues, including additional water quality treatment through the establishment of vegetated upland buffers, retention berms, redistribution swales and the implementation of other conservation practices.
Sleepy Creek Lands
Timeline

Dec. 2, 2011

  • The St. Johns River Water Management District received a consumptive use permit (CUP) application for Sleepy Creek Lands (formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch) for a new groundwater withdrawal of 13 million gallons of water per day (mgd) for irrigation of improved pasture and other crops, and watering of cattle.
  • Since the initial application in 2011, Sleepy Creek significantly amended its water withdrawal request in both amount and geographic scope, and made its request over two permit sequences (2-083-91926-3 and 2-083-91926-4) as noted below.

March 28, 2014

  • The district received an environmental resource permit (ERP) application (IND-083-130588-4) from Sleepy Creek to construct a stormwater management system, including the establishment of vegetated upland buffers, retention berms, and redistribution swales, and the implementation of other conservation practices for the North Tract of the Sleepy Creek property. The proposed construction is part of the implementation of conservation practices, including nutrient and pesticide management practices, on the North Tract where Sleepy Creek plans to have irrigated rotationally grazed pastures, as well as non-irrigated pastures and some remaining timber operations. These water quality practices are proposed to reduce the nutrient loads reaching the wetlands.

April 18, 2014

  • Sleepy Creek requested authorization to consolidate and modify its existing consumptive use permits for two sod farms (2-083-3011-7 and 2-083-91926-2) and to shift some or all of its existing groundwater allocation of 1.46 mgd to the North Tract of the Sleepy Creek property. This consolidation request was assigned permit number 2-083-91926-3 and became known as the Sequence 3 Permit.

May 12, 2014

  • The district issued ERP IND-083-130588-4 to Sleepy Creek.
  • District staff completed its review of the CUP consolidation request for the Sequence 3 Permit and recommended the district's Governing Board approve that application.

June 2, 2014

  • The district received two petitions for administrative hearing challenging both the issuance of the ERP and the proposed issuance of the Sequence 3 Permit.

June 19, 2014

  • Sleepy Creek amended its original application for new groundwater to 1.12 mgd for use on the North Tract. This request was assigned permit number 2-083-91926-4 and became known as the Sequence 4 Permit.

July 15, 2014

  • The district issued notice of its intent to deny the Sequence 4 Permit. Sleepy Creek and various other parties requested extensions of time to file petitions for administrative hearings regarding the Sequence 4 Permit. The Sequence 4 Permit remains pending.

August 2014

  • The challenges to the ERP and Sequence 3 Permit were consolidated into one administrative proceeding. An administrative hearing on the petitions was held Aug. 25–29, 2014, in Palatka. At that hearing, district staff presented the facts and the law that led to their recommendation for approval of the permits.

April 29, 2015

  • An administrative law judge issued a recommended order that the district issue both the ERP and the Sequence 3 Permit in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the respective technical staff reports prepared by district staff.

July 14, 2015

  • Final orders approving the ERP and Sequence 3 Permit were entered.

Aug. 12, 2015

  • The district received notice appealing the final order issuing the Sequence 3 Permit. The matter remains on appeal.

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