Revised minimum levels and prevention/recovery plan will help protect lakes Brooklyn and Geneva

A public workshop to address draft revised MFLs and any required recovery or prevention strategies for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva (pictured) is scheduled for July 26 at district headquarters.

~Public workshop scheduled for July 26~

A public workshop to address draft revised MFLs and any required recovery or prevention strategies for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva (pictured) is scheduled for July 26 at district headquarters.

PALATKA, Fla., May 8, 2018 ― The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on Tuesday authorized staff to initiate the rulemaking process to revise the existing minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva near Keystone Heights. The board also approved moving forward with development of any required recovery or prevention strategies necessary for the lakes to achieve the revised water levels. The MFL report for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva is currently undergoing the peer review process and the final peer-reviewed MFL report will be available in June.

A public workshop to address draft revised MFLs and any required recovery or prevention strategies for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., July 26, at district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177.

Minimum levels for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva were adopted in January 1996. Those MFLs were based on a methodology designed to maintain the location of existing stable wetlands and organic soils. However, stable wetlands and organic soils do not exist at these sandhill lakes. A reevaluation is necessary to ensure that appropriate, protective minimum levels are developed.

When a water body or watercourse currently does not or is anticipated to not meet a proposed MFL, the district is required to develop recovery or prevention strategies for adoption in conjunction with the proposed MFL.

To learn more about MFLs, visit https://www.sjrwmd.com/minimumflowsandlevels/.