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History of Blue Spring minimum flow regime development

Blue Spring Run where it discharges into the St. Johns River

Blue Spring Run where it discharges into the St. Johns River

  • Initiated Blue Spring minimum flow regime studies
  • Developed recommended minimum average annual flow of 134 cfs and supporting documentation
  • Conducted independent scientific peer review, data analyses, and interagency discussions
  • Formed the Blue Spring “Minimum Flow Interagency Working Group” (MFIWG) composed of staff from USFWS, FWC, DEP, Save the Manatee Club, Inc., and the District
  • Held MFIWG meetings to direct and review studies
  • Developed recommendations for the Blue Spring minimum flow regime
  • Conducted and completed additional interagency discussions, analyses, and independent scientific peer review
  • Completed reports to document process, incorporate additional analyses and peer review comments
  • Held Public Workshops (March 23, 2004, April 20, 2004, and December 6, 2005)
  • Published Notice of Proposed Rule (May 19, 2006)
  • Opened Public Hearing (August 8, 2006)
  • Published a Notice of Continuation of Public Hearing (September 15, 2006)
  • Approved proposed rule as amended (October 10, 2006)
  • Rule effective date is December 3, 2006


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