Rules in Development

Notice of Rule Developments (begin rulemaking)

Rule No.

40C-8.031, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Rule Title

Minimum Surface Water Levels and Flows and Groundwater Levels (Lake Brooklyn and Lake Geneva) (Posted on 5-8-18)

Description

The proposed rule amendment will amend the minimum water levels for Lake Brooklyn and Lake Geneva in Clay and Bradford counties pursuant to the mandate of section 373.042, Florida Statutes. 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. The latest draft of the Draft Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva MFLs Report is available here.

The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public webinar to discuss the draft minimum flows and levels (MFLs) Determination and Assessment for Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva in Clay and Bradford counties. The webinar will focus on the draft recommended MFLs and the current status assessment of the MFLs.

Join the webinar at this link.

Attend by conference call:

Phone: (386) 256-1151

ID: 139-498-853, then press #

Rule No.

40C-2.101, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Description

On September 24, 2020, the District held a rule workshop to discuss proposed rule amendments to the minimum water levels for Lake Brooklyn and Lake Geneva in Clay and Bradford counties, which are proposed for revision in separate rulemaking. Based on the best available information, including the draft MFL report and assessment, it appears that both lakes will require an MFL recovery strategy that includes an amendment to a consumptive use permit (CUP) rule in Chapter 40C-2, F.A.C. The amendments to Rule 40C-2.101, F.A.C., and the Applicant’s Handbook, Consumptive Uses of Water (AH) that is incorporated by reference in 40C-2.101(1)(a), will create the regulatory part of the MFL recovery strategy for Lake Brooklyn and Lake Geneva.  On December 10, 2020, the St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public workshop to discuss and receive public input on the recovery strategy, including the regulatory part.

There are three ways to attend the December 10, 2020 rule development workshop starting at 5 p.m.:

In person*:
St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board Room
4049 Reid St.
Palatka, FL 32177

*Attendance in-person at the District may be limited to maintain COVID-19 social distancing CDC guidelines. In-person attendees are asked to self-monitor for signs of illness or exposure to COVID-19 prior to the meeting and wear a mask.

Electronically (from your computer, tablet, or smartphone):
By webinar

By telephone:
Dial 1-386-256-1151 and when prompted enter the Conference ID: 321 090 665 (then press #)

Notice of Proposed Rules (complete rulemaking)

Rule No.
40C-8, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)

Rule Title
Minimum Flows and Levels

Description

PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to create two new definitions in 40C-8.021 and amend the minimum water levels for Lake Brooklyn and Lake Geneva in Clay and Bradford Counties in 40C-8.031.

SUMMARY: The proposed rules would define “P25” and “P75” and amend the minimum water levels for Lake Brooklyn and Lake Geneva in Clay and Bradford Counties pursuant to the mandate of section 373.042, F.S.  The proposed minimum water levels are the result of a re-evaluation of minimum levels adopted in 1996. The re-evaluation utilized updated methods and additional data.

The St. Johns River Water Management District will consider publication of the Notice of Proposed Rule and approval of the related Recovery Strategy during the regularly scheduled Governing Board Meeting on April 13, 2021. Click on this link to view the agenda.

The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public hearing to consider adopting the rule amendments in the Notice of Proposed Rule at the following Date, Time, and Place:

Date and Time: During the regularly scheduled Governing Board Meeting on May 11, 2021

Place: St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, Executive Building,

4049 Reid Street, Palatka, Florida 32177

Note:  The District will hold this meeting both electronically and in-person for the benefit of the public wishing to participate. The public can watch the meeting online and offer comment by phone or in person during the meeting.

Click this link for information on how to watch and participate in District Governing Board meetings