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May 26, 2015
Public meetings next week to discuss CFWI planning documents
Two public meetings are scheduled for next week to provide an opportunity for the public to learn about and comment on the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) draft 2035 Water Resources Protection and Water Supply Strategies Plan (Solutions Plan) and minor changes to the draft 2015 Regional Water Supply Plan. The two draft documents will set a path forward for meeting water supply needs in central Florida for the next 20 years.
The meetings will include presentations and CFWI experts will be available to answer questions and receive public input.
- Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Chain of Lakes Complex, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SW, Winter Haven
- Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 300 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden
CFWI is a collaborative effort among the St. Johns, South Florida and Southwest Florida water management districts, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, regional public water supply utilities and other stakeholders to develop a unified process to address central Florida’s current and long-term water supply needs. The CFWI planning area includes Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and southern Lake counties.
When finalized, the Solutions Plan will provide detailed information about water conservation; specific water supply project options and partnerships with water users; a financial assessment of the project options; management and implementation strategies.
The draft plans are available at cfwiwater.com. Comments can be provided online or by mail and email. Details are available on the website. The comment period will close on July 31, 2015.
For more information, please visit cfwiwater.com.
Transfer of environmental resource permits
The transfer of an environmental resource permit (ERP) typically falls into one or both of the following categories: an ownership transfer or transfer to the operation and maintenance entity.
All ERPs contain language requiring that (1) within 30 days of a change in ownership, the St. Johns River Water Management District must be notified of the change and the permit transferred to the new owner and, (2) within 30 days of receipt of the as-built certification, the permittee must submit a “Request for Transfer of Environmental Resource Permit to the Perpetual Operation Entity.”
The District will need the following information:
- Request from current permittee/owner to transfer the permit to a new owner
- Acceptance of the transfer by the new owner
- Copy of the instrument effectuating the transfer (i.e., deed)
Transfer to perpetual operation entity:
- Form 62-330.310(2). Request for Transfer of Environmental Resource Permit to the Perpetual Operation Entity. Complete the form and submit with the required information. The form is available on the District’s website.
Please contact your local service center with any questions.
May 21, 2015
Board selects Shortelle as new executive director
The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on May 21, 2015, unanimously selected Dr. Ann Shortelle of Gainesville as the agency’s new executive director.
Shortelle will begin serving as executive director for the St. Johns District on June 1, 2015.
“Dr. Shortelle’s vast experience in water resource management in both the public and private sectors will be invaluable as we work to accomplish our core missions in the most effective and efficient manner possible,” said Governing Board Chairman John Miklos. “Among her many accomplishments, she has been a positive voice for springs restoration in north Florida and for public-private partnerships to promote water conservation and to ensure an adequate water supply. Her passion and professionalism will greatly benefit this District.”
“Working with the leadership of the Governing Board and the commitment of their dedicated professional staff, we will continue to plan for and protect water resources and supply for today and future generations,” Shortelle said. “I look forward to serving the citizens and stakeholders of the St. Johns District.”
Shortelle has more than 25 years of professional experience in lake, riverine and reservoir management for water quantity and quality. Her experience also includes surface water/wetlands restoration, surface water modeling, permitting and environmental assessments.
For the past three years, Shortelle has served as executive director for the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), where she has been actively involved in the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership and springs protection.
Prior to taking the helm at SRWMD, she was the director of the Office of Water Policy for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where she helped develop water policy for water supply planning and alternative water supplies, minimum flows and levels, reuse, water conservation, water quality protection and consumptive use permitting.
Shortelle worked as a consultant in the private sector before her employment at DEP.
Shortelle is a member of the North American Lake Management Society, the American Water Resources Association, and other professional organizations. She served on the North American Lake Management Society’s Board of Directors, and was a former two-term member of the Florida Lake Management Society Board of Directors and served on the policy advisory committee to DEP for designated use and classification refinement for surface waters.
She holds a doctorate degree in limnology from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Mercer University. She has authored/co-authored more than 40 publications and presentations on environmental topics.
Shortelle, whose selection is subject to confirmation by Florida’s governor and Senate, replaces Hans G. Tanzler III, who left the St. Johns District to return to the private sector on May 4.