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.
The draft MFLs for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva have undergone independent scientific peer review. Stakeholder meetings and development of draft MFLs for these systems is ongoing.
Draft Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva MFLs Report Appendices:
- Appendix A: Physiography
- Appendix B: Hydrological Analyses
- Appendix C: Environmental Data
- Appendix D: MFLs Assessment
- Appendix E: WRVs Assessment
Recovery Strategy for Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva Minimum Levels
The re-evaluated MFLs for Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva indicate that they are currently not being met. There is a deficit of 1.6 feet for Lake Brooklyn and 0.3 feet for Lake Geneva. Therefore, Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva are in recovery, and a Recovery Strategy must be adopted concurrently with the revised MFLs (subsection 373.0421(2), Florida Statute (F.S.)).
The information regarding the Notice of Proposed Rule Workshop on December 10, 2020, Draft Rules and Draft Recovery Strategy can be accessed at the following location https://www.sjrwmd.com/permitting/rule-development/#nrd-mfls.
A public webinar for the MFLs determination and assessment for Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva was held Sept. 24, 2020, through teleconference. Due to technical difficulties, no audio was recorded. Attached is the presentation that was given during that webinar.