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distributed by TOOFAR to provide information about ongoing projects and other significant Florida environmental issues.
Note that our dues have changed from paying by the quarter you joined the organization to everyone due in January. This will simplify record keeping and make remembering when to pay dues easier for everyone.
Funds are short so if you havent paid your $20 dues this year please do so now. Send to:
Too Far, Inc.
P.O. Box 2709
Inverness, FL 34451
Contact Pat Brady with any questions at 352-419-8030.
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Springs Protection - Suzanne Martinez Tarokh, Southwest Florida Management District News
State set to gain water quality control
By Chris Van Ormer
April 23, 2013
The state will take back its authority to determine water quality this week, but some environmental groups suspect the move will lead to more algae blooms.
On Wednesday, Senate Bill 1808 relating to excess nitrogen levels in water and phosphorus pollution - sponsored by state Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness - will be up for a final vote before the Florida Senate.
The House companion bill, House Bill 7115, has passed its committees of reference and awaits a hearing before the entire House of Representatives on the floor.
The bills direct the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to develop numeric nutrient criteria - nitrogen and phosphorus levels - for water bodies not covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.
An Inverness-based organization also opposes the bill.
"Nitrogen is probably the biggest problem in our waters," said Al Grubman, one of the directors of TOO FAR, a grassroots group focused on improving water quality. "To set standards lower than the federal governments and not give this the priority it needs is just an absolute shame. It is just so much more important to Florida than probably anywhere else. And we dont take it seriously."
Visit the Chronicle Online to read the complete article:
Questions? Contact Chronicle reporter Chris Van Ormer at:
We invite you to
"Get outside and explore your Conservation Lands"
Recreational Guide to Public Conservation Lands
One of the main ways the Southwest Florida Water Management District carries out its mission of balancing water needs and protecting the environment is by obtaining conservation lands around lakes, rivers, wetlands and estuaries. These lands serve as a natural buffer that filters out pollution from runoff before it reaches the nearest body of water. The District also buys lands to preserve and restore native Florida ecosystems that provide water resources benefits and water storage during hurricanes and other major storm events. The Districts acquisition program has primarily been funded through state programs such as Save Our Rivers, Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever.
Nearly all these lands are available for public use and recreation. Nature-friendly activities offer an easy and fun experience while making sure the land is protected. SWFWMD has provides a very nice guide of these Recreational Areas on their website to learn more please visit:
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||TOOFAR Pig Roast
This year our annual fund raiser -- PIG ROAST -- was held on Saturday, December 1st in conjunction with Floral City Heritage Days.
A big Thank You to Everyone who helped make it a Huge Success and all those that came out and joined us in fun, food & friends!
We appreciate your Support! See you again Next Year.
|Silver Springs Needs Your Support:
|As you may have seen the Florida Conservation Coalition, in partnership with many of our member organizations, held an event at Silver River State Park last Saturday to call for the protection and restoration of the Silver Springs watershed. The event was attended by over 1,700 concerned citizens and brought national attention to the plight of one of Floridas natural wonders.
At the event the FCC circulated a petition, at Sen. Bob Grahams request, to Governor Scott regarding protection of our Springs, Rivers, and Lakes in North Central Florida
We consider this to be of statewide importance as most of North Florida, all the way to Orlando, relies on the Floridan Aquifer for their drinking water supply, and these waters attract millions of visitors every year. Sen. Bob Graham very much wants to have as many signatures as possible to the petition offered at the rally. So far, we have gathered about about 1500 or more signatures asking the governor to support the protection for our Springs, Rivers and Lakes.
It would be excellent if your organization would send out a notice to your members and ask them to sign on.
There are two ways:
1. One is the online petition:
2. The other is to print the petition, sign it and mail it in, or to print it and take it to a few meetings to have others sign as well. The petition is located at:
All printed and signed petitions can be mailed to:
Ryan Smart, 3640 SW 20th Ave. #7, Gainesville, FL, 32607
With your continued support we can stand together to protect Silver Springs. It is time to say enough is enough and take action. I appreciate your help and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
My Best Regards,
Ryan Smart, FCC
|Re: John Edens R-V Project CPA/AA-PDO-11-03
Scheduled for Citrus County Commissioners hearing July 12, 2011
Please attend and show you care about our lakes!
In case you did not see Jim Adkins letter in the Chronicle, view it here:
We fought this affront to our lakes, neighborhoods and evacuation routes back when Jim Fowler was on the board. It was rejected 5 - 0. In spite of the few minor changes it still warrants your rejection.
TOO FAR, Inc.
Al Grubman, President
Calling All Members!
There are times when it would be useful to contact members quickly. Some examples are breaking TOO FAR news, water news, schedule changes and important public meetings.
Anita Hartmann has volunteered to put together a Phone Tree for all who are interested. Anita also needs what I call "relay operators"
the more who volunteer the less calls each will be asked to make. If you are able to help, please email Anita at: BECOME A RELAY OPERATOR or by calling her at 352-489-0240.
If you would like to be notified by the phone tree, send THIS email to Anita: NOTIFY ME OF BREAKING NEWS. If you prefer to be notified by e-mail or both e-mail and telephone (or more than one telephone) just let Anita know.
Please send us an email to update your contact information (address, phone#, email): Update my Contact Info.
Thanks for your well written letter. I have already sent a copy to Priscilla. In support of fairness and, hopefully, substantially satisfying the objectives of your request, we will:
- Post your letter on our web site
- Have copies of your letter on the entry table at our next two meetings and announce their availability.
- We will put a notice in our June newsletter (sorry May already went to press) advising of your letter, advising that it is on our web site and offering to send it out by e-mail or snail mail.
- We will absorb all costs.
Dear Mr. Grubman:
I recently read the March 2011 edition of the TOO FAR News and would like to offer some thoughts on a few issues and comments that were included in Ms. Priscilla Watkins article concerning development of minimum flows for the Homosassa River system.
First, there appears to be a misunderstanding concerning the format in which proposed minimum flows have been and will likely continue to be expressed for the river system. In her article titled "We Say No, The Homosassa River System is Too Sensitive for Any Further Reduction by SWFWMD or Regional Wellfields", Ms. Watkins writes that District staff recommends establishing a minimum flow for the river system at 144.4 cubic feet per second (cfs), a flow rate corresponding to a five percent decrease from the 152 cfs flow identified as the "estimated average" flow for the system. The Districts currently proposed minimum flows for the Homosassa River system are actually not a static or single rate of flow, but instead are expressed as a percentage-of-flow reduction (or retention) for the full range of flows that would be expected for the system in the absence of water withdrawals.
of the letter from Douglas A. Leeper, Chief Environmental Scientist
Resource Projects Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District
|WE SAY NO!
The Homosassa River System is too sensitive
for any further reduction by SWFWMD or Regional Wellfields
by Priscilla Watkins for the Homosassa River Alliance
The huge, negative public response to Southwest Florida Water Management Districts (SWFWMD) staff recommendations to set the flow level for the Homosassa River at 5% of its "estimated average" flow of 152 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 144.4 cfs has, so far, delayed the scheduled Board vote of approval.
Questions and criticisms of the findings, omissions and methodology have come from experts in water management and commercial fishermen, state regulators, public park managers, engineers, boaters, HRAs volunteer reviewers and other of our members, and even from SWFWMDs hand-selected peer review team. It was a huge response to a technical manual over a very short time span.
So far on the supporting side, there is the lone voice of the county director of Water Resources who appears to have only read the two-page executive summary and asked for clarification on the parameters and salinity terminology before sending in a letter of approval. Concurrently, there has been an outpouring of opposition to the proposed flow rate being recommended for the Chassahowitzka River system, an 11% reduction. The Chassahowitzka is approximately five miles south of the Homosassa and it draws from the same aquifer whose water source is rainfall over the same 270-square-mile springshed.
Both the Homosassa and the Chassahowitzka are first-magnitude spring systems, two of four along a thirty-five mile span of our coastline, with only 27 first-magnitude springs in the entire state of Florida. Springs such as these are rare.
taken from TOOFAR Newsletter - March 2011, Volume 232
|TOOFARs 2010 Annual Pig Roast:
Thank you to everyone for your help in making it a BIG SUCCESS!
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"Governor appoints two members to the Districts Withlacoochee River Basin Board"
Governor Crist has appointed me to the Withlacoochee River Basin Board. It is a SWFWMD board that provides guidance to South West Florida Water Management District staff addressing the needs of the basin. The board includes portions of Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion, Pasco and Sumter counties.
We of TOO FAR and other interested groups have been trying to work closely with SWFWMD and the results have been good. This is the next step in working for more mutually beneficial results.
Thank you to all who have helped. Special thanks to Senator Dean and Representative Schultz for their sponsorship.
View the 2010 Florida Statutes:
Title XXVIII - Natural Resources; Conservation, Reclamation, and Use
Chapter 373 - Water Resources
373.073 - Governing board
The Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, WRWSA, is the way to avoid Local Sources First. Yes, most of you remember or have heard of the water wars and the fight against a water pipe from the Tsala Apopka Lakes to Tampa. We won and our then Senator Nancy Argenziano led the fight to stop the long distance water piracy. The roadblock was Local Sources First which still gets a lot of lip service but the stealth forces came up with a new approach. It was patterned after Tampa Bay Water the public co-operative that built and put together a massive combination of water facilities including the desalination plant and the reservoir. Ignoring the years of delay and design flaws, it is finally functioning. The project was so big that it made sense to combine the multiplicity of governments into a regional authority.
Now zoom into the Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and Marion - 4 county area: the WRWSA. After years and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent they generated a plan. The first part of the plan was submitted to their board for implementation on June 16th. Their board members are representatives of the various cities and counties that make up the authority. None of the board members are elected to the board by the public.
TOO FAR has members in all 4 counties but Citrus County was in the barrel for this first phase. Citrus County has 4 representatives on the board. Ken Hinkle Councilman from Inverness missed the meeting on June 16th. The other three are County Commissioners and all were present.
An 8 page memo supported the budget to "implement" the plan. The plan shows a new well-field in south-central Citrus County with a "proposed interconnect" to Hernando County. Citrus County was well represented in the audience filling most of the chairs in a full house. TOO FAR had four members there, including me. Citrus County Council had six members there including Teddi Rusnak, President. Norman Hopkins, Director of the Amy Remley Foundation and Jim Bitter, President of the Homosassa River Alliance were also there. Some belonged to more than one organization. The guests begged, pleaded and instructed the Commissioners to no avail. The Executive Director assured the Commissioners that the "interconnect" from Citrus County to Hernando County would carry no ground water but only Alternative Water Source (AWS) water in the distant future. This was in spite of the fact that the plan drawings clearly show that the "interconnect" (read "pipe") will exist before any AWS is available.
Hopefully the Citrus County Commissioners as well as the other board members will wake up and see this is a real danger and protect the resources of their areas.
This is just the beginning - Jack Sullivan and Pete Hubbell (you remember him) have the Withlacoochee and Lake Rousseau in their sights. Their plan includes a four foot diameter pipe taking water out of Rousseau potentially to the detriment of the Gulf estuary and the lower Withlacoochee River.
I pray that the vision of the board members clears up.
- Board: Our water isnt going anywhere
Commissioners say transfers not part of equation
June 22, 2010 - By Mike Wright, Chronicle Online
Note: This article is no longer available online anywhere, was previously posted at:
This letter was submitted to the Citrus County Chronicle - Letter to the Editor.
- Keep Our Water
The story on Page A1 of the June 9 Citrus County Chronicle ("Proposal steams TOO FAR president") should be an item that will help solidify readers decisions on whom to vote for in the upcoming Citrus County commissioners election.
Just to make myself understood in this matter: Commissioners Bartell and Damato both favor a regional approach to water use and conservation. This is a quote from todays newspaper article. I cannot find fault with the concept other than this regional approach in this case means a four-county area; one of which is growing rapidly and is in need of our water. The next step would be very easy to change the region to include any county, perhaps Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, etc. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of man? It hasnt been very long since the Committee of 100 appointed by our late governor recommended that we turn all Florida water over to an all-knowing entity that would fairly distribute our waters to anyone with enough money.
I dont for a minute harbor any feelings that our two commissioners have any ulterior motives. My main problem with this attitude is that even if this were the best way to go eventually, it isnt in our best interests presently to entertain such grandiose and charitable thoughts. With this in mind, it causes me to wonder just how many other thoughts are going through their minds that are not in the best interests of Citrus County and its residents and taxpayers.
June 16, 2010
Calling All Members!
TOOFAR is considering starting our popular pontoon boat trips again.
If you have a pontoon and would be willing to carry passengers for our next trip let us know by contacting Pat Brady by email at email@example.com or by calling her at (352) 419-8030. Thank you!
A Message from MIKE BARTLETT, Structure Controls Analyst, SWFWMD
We have completed the new operational guidelines for the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes. Please keep in mind that the guidelines are just that, they are intended to serve as general guidelines for the routine operations of the Districts water control structures.
The guidelines describe operations under three scenarios:
- Low Water Conditions (filling mode);
- Normal Operational Range (filling/conservation modes); and
- High Water Conditions (flood control mode).
- The new operational guidelines are based on the recently adopted Minimum Levels for Lake Tsala Apopka (included with the new guidelines), not the previous Guidance Levels.
- Unlike the previous operational procedure, once water can be diverted from the Withlacoochee River into the chain of lakes, all river inflows will be equally distributed between the three pools (i.e., 33.3%-33.3%-33.3%). Previously, the Floral City Pool had to reach its Minimum Low Management guidance level before water would be diverted into the Inverness Pool. Similarly, the water level in the Inverness Pool would then have to reach its Minimum Low Management guidance before water would be discharged into the Hernando.
- Under the new guidelines, the local runoff a pool receives from its watershed will be retained within the pool and not be allowed to discharge to the downstream pool until such time the pool elevation reaches it adopted Minimum Level. At that time, water from the upstream pool may be discharged to the downstream pool if it is below its adopted minimum level.
- Once all three pools have reached their respective Minimum Level, the operation goal is to attempt to bring up the elevations in the three pools equally, while continuing to apportion river inflow equally between the three pools.
We are confident that the new operational guidelines will enhance our ability to fairly distribute resources when they are available. Please remember that these are new guidelines and changes may have to be made as we continue our effort to improve upon the operation of the system.
As always, if anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the new guidelines please do not hesitated to call or email.
MIKE BARTLETT, Structure Controls Analyst
Operations Department, Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, Florida 34604
Voice: (352) 796-7211 #4515
"State Water Czar idea resurfaces"
Economic recovery, real estate values, business growth, employment - all will lag in Citrus County and the Nature Coast if we lose local control of our water.
We hope we can count on your support to combat this attack again.
TOO FAR, Inc. and
TOO FAR Water and Natural Resources Foundation, Inc.
Please contact your representatives:
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to the ALL of following:
- Senator Charles Dean
- Senator Mike Fasano
- Representative Ron Schultz
- County Commissioner Gary Bartell
- County Commissioner Dennis Damato
- County Commissioner John Thrumston
- County Commissioner Joe Meek
- County Commissioner Winn Webb
Read more on the topic:
- Interim Report 2010-114, Chapter 373, F.S., Water Resources - Issued by the Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation staff on Sept. 2009
Your help is needed to oppose an application
for a landfill adjacent to Green Swamp
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is expected to issue on Dec. 12 a letter of intent to approve/deny permit applications for a Class 1 landfill in Pasco County on a site that would be less than a mile from the Withlacoochee River and adjacent to the Hillsborough River and the headwaters of the Green Swamp.
Click here for additional information.
|FWC Report Examines
Floridas Next Half-Century
The FWC (Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) heard a sobering summary of a report being prepared describing what might happen in Floridas environment by 2060, unless residents and leaders adopt smart growth strategies. The report, titled "Florida 2060: Whats at stake for wildlife?" is available on the FWC website. It notes, based on a report by 1000 Friends of Florida, that the states human population could double to 36 million, and millions of acres of important wildlife habitats could disappear beneath development, unless Florida adopts different growth patterns.
What does the future hold for Floridas fish and wildlife? Thats up to all of us.
Other Meetings of Interest:
Citrus County Task Force
Lecanto Government Building
3600 West Sovereign Path
Lecanto, FL 34461
Citrus County Task Force meetings are generally held on the 2nd Monday every other month at 2:00 p.m.
Let SWFWMD know you are concerned about our water. Get involved!
SWFWMD Governing Board - Boards, Agenda and Meeting Information - All meetings are open to the public
Tampa Service Office
7601 US 301
Tampa, FL 33637
813-985-7481 OR 1-800-836-0797
2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL 34604
Phone: (352) 796-7211
The Governing Board establishes policies for our 16-county area.
Withlacoochee River Basin Board
The eight Basin Boards provide guidance for local programs that are specific to the basins they protect.
Advisory committees obtain input on District programs, projects and related resource management issues.
Citrus County Commissioners
Citrus County Courthouse
110 North Apopka Avenue, Room 100
Inverness, FL 34450
Phone: (352) 341-6560
The regular Board meetings are now being held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm.
Citrus County Government meetings are broadcast LIVE on Channel 9 on Comcast Cable and Channel 622 on Bright House Cable.
Or view them on-line:
Minutes of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Sumter County Commissioners
Meeting Schedule - Second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm
Amendment 4 - Florida Hometown Democracy - Read More
View photos of the Culverts installed at Flying Eagle!!!
State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Rules that have been added or updated within the last 30 Days.
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