Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, Clay and Bradford Counties

Lake Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bay) taken from the highway 21 bridge

Lake Brooklyn, in Clay County, and Lake Geneva, in Bradford County, are sandhill lakes within the upper Etonia Creek chain of lakes. The St. Johns River Water Management District is currently completing a reevaluation of minimum levels for both systems, which were originally adopted in January 1996. Both lakes are on the district’s MFLs Priority List and Schedule for adoption in 2018.

The 1996 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. The reevaluation includes an investigation of numerous criteria to ensure that proposed minimum levels would protect important environmental values and beneficial uses.

A draft MFL report for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva is currently undergoing independent scientific peer review. The peer-reviewed draft MFL report will be available in mid-2018 on this page.