Minimum flows and levels are limits established by the District Governing Board for surface waters and groundwater that are intended to prevent significant harm to the water resources or ecology of an area that may be caused by water withdrawals. Proposed minimum flows for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System in Citrus County are summarized in a final draft report and appendices (App. 1, App. 2, App. 3 and App. 4).
In accordance with Section 373.0421(4), Florida Statutes, the District voluntarily subjected all scientific or technical data, methodologies, models, and scientific and technical assumptions used to support development of the proposed minimum flows to independent scientific peer review. The Crystal River/Kings Bay System’s review was conducted by a panel of three independent, recognized experts in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, limnology, biology and other scientific disciplines relevant to the development of the minimum flows. The panel prepared a final report for the District Governing Board and the Board gives significant weight to the report when establishing the minimum flows for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System.
Meetings conducted by the peer review panel occurred in November and December 2016. They included an initial, in-person meeting, which included a field trip to sites on the bay and river, as well as web-based teleconferences facilitated from the District’s Brooksville office. Details about the peer review panel’s work is accessible through the Web Forum.
Staff has been meeting with residents, community groups, elected officials, local governments and other stakeholders to communicate the recommended minimum flow and to solicit feedback. District staff will provide an overview of the recommended minimum flow for the Crystal River/Kings Bay System for review and comment during a public workshop outlined below.
During the March 28, 2017 District Governing Board meeting, the Peer Review Report and the District response will be presented as a submit and file report. The public comment period closes May 23, 2017. The tentative schedule is outlined below.