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Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA)

Most Impacted Area Stakeholder Workgroup

Drawdowns in aquifer levels in the Southern Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA), due primarily to groundwater withdrawals, are affecting rates of saltwater intrusion into the Upper Floridan aquifer along the coast, especially in the Most Impacted Area (MIA), an area of about 708 square miles located along the coast of southern Hillsborough, Manatee and northwestern Sarasota counties. A minimum aquifer level was set to reduce the rate of intrusion.

Although overall groundwater use from the Upper Floridan aquifer in the SWUCA has been reduced by more than the targeted goal of 50 million gallons daily, the minimum aquifer level has not been met. The District has formed a stakeholder workgroup to evaluate and recommend adjustments to the strategies in the SWUCA Recovery Strategy intended to meet the minimum aquifer level for the MIA. Information from the stakeholder workgroup meetings will be used to craft proposals for the District Governing Board to consider.

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