TF General Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 7 p.m.
Gerry Mulligan will be our speaker at the January meeting of the TOO FAR Foundation. Mr. Mulligan is publisher of the Citrus County Chronicle, past chairman of the Florida Press Association and publisher of Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. One of the best informed citizens of Citrus County, Mr. Mulligan often writes editorials on subjects of concern to TOO FAR and to all of us as citizens of our County and State. He is also known for strong political and social opinions and a supporter of philanthropy in the area. Come prepared to ask Gerry about issues of concern to you.
6 P.M BBQ Pork Dinner- $6 donation
Point OWoods club house
9228 E Gospel Island Rd., Inverness, FL 34450
Our Newsletter & Calendar of Events
A membership publication
distributed by TOOFAR to provide information about ongoing projects and other significant Florida environmental issues.
DONT FORGET our January Fundraiser!
The Rummage sale will be Jan. 22 and 23rd from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be setting up on January 21st from 9 am to 3 pm. Bring your Donations during this time. Call if you would like large items picked up, 352-419-8030.
Volunteers are needed for set up and during the sale as well! Just come on over to 9228 E Gospel Island Rd., Inverness and pitch in when you can or call to pick a time. Also please take time to come shop the sale, you never know what treasure you might find!
TOO FAR Newsletter Editor
TOO FAR EVOLVES!
You may notices some changes in TOO FAR in the coming months as we transition our beloved old organization into its new form, the TOO FAR Water & Natural Resources Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation.
The Board of Directors of both organization felt it was time to consolidate our volunteer efforts, bookkeeping, resources
and all our energy to focus on just one organization. After consultation with our SCORE mentor, Dr. Fred
Herzog, a specialist in operating non-profits, it became apparent that a merging the two corporations was both
feasible and in the best interest of our organization future and our mission.
Steps have begun to make the evolution a reality first by revising the Foundation By-Laws to permit membership
in the Foundation. Next we created drafts of a business plan, scholarship descriptions and applications, and reviewed
our Conflict of Interest statement. In August we dissolved the TOO FAR, Inc. board of directors and appointed
those that were interested to the Foundation Board.
Sandra Blackmore was appointed as a new treasurer for the Foundation. Sandra has been working all summer on
computerizing our financial records. Her next step will be to provide financial statements and documents to incorporate
into our new business plan. This particular step is important to be able to apply for grants and for receiving
increased donations from the public. The evolution process will be completed by the filing of our final Annual
Report and 990 for TOO FAR, Inc. in January 2016 and by sending our new By-Laws to the Internal Revenue
Service with our annual filing.
What will not change is TOO FAR! We will continue with our mission and activities as we always have but the
management of our organization will now be streamlined and efficient for our member owned and operated organization.
As always our volunteers are amazing! Thanks to Sandra Koonce for the great meals for our meetings and to all who pitch in, bake cakes and help at each dinner too! Thanks to Jan Ethier for painting and many other things! Thanks to Sandy Blackmore, Duane Brooks, Frank Heath, Pat Brady, and Arlene Speakman who were our Bingo volunteers in December.
Our biggest event in December was the successful annual Pig Roast. Thanks to all who baked the wonderful cakes. Thanks to chairman, Bud Osborn, Frank & Sally Heath, Larry Hartman, Sandy Blackmore, Pat Brady, Avis Washington, Betty Martin, Nita Rae Wadley, Keith Schuett and Ken Winter who worked all day at the event.
ELECTION OF FOUNDATION OFFICERS
Up for election or re-election this year for a two year term, 2016-2018, are: Keith Schuett—Vice President, Sandra Blackmore—Treasurer, Duane Brooks—Director and Frank Heath, Director. Voting will be at the December general meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
If you would like to serve on the Board of Directors for the Foundation or serve on a team for a special project just let any director know. Current important projects needing team members are Ways & Means which includes all fundraising activities.
WAYS & MEANS TEAM
Our new fund raising team will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 11 am. We are already gathering many good ideas for at least short term fund raising for the organization. We are thinking of a Military Card Party, a 5th Annual Art Show, and Bunco or 10,000 games, but more ideas are needed. Anyone who would like to help plan successful fundraisers is invited to attend. Drop ideas in the Suggestion Box too.
TOO FAR dues are due now for 2016!
TOO FAR FOUNDATION DUES will increase to $25 per year as of January 1, 2016. Lifetime memberships will increase to $300. You may want to pay in advance to benefit from the current rate which will apply if paid before 1-1-2016.
If paid in December dues are still $20 for the whole family. Paid in January the dues increase to $25 for the year, (the first increase in more than 10 years.)
Help your organization by paying your dues now. Donations are also welcome and we appreciate all who generously think of TOO FAR at this time of giving!
Send your check to TOO FAR Foundation, PO Box 741, Inverness, FL 34451
TOOFAR Membership / Renewal Form
Please download and complete the membership form to verify your information so that we may update our database. You can either return by mail or drop it off during the meeting.
Come Play With Us! Every Monday
The TOO FAR Foundation is holding weekly BINGO Games every Monday beginning September 14, 2015. Doors open at Noon with games beginning at 1 P.M. The all-paper games are $12 per pack and includes two extra games that are usually $1 each. A $100 COVER ALL will be played every Monday in September!! Best chance to win in town! See our ad in the Chronicle on Mondays.
The snack bar will be open with reasonable priced refreshments. There are weekly door prizes too! The Foundation will be paying out 50% of proceeds with the balance going to support the TOO FAR Water & Natural Resources Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) and our educational programs.
The Foundation would greatly appreciate the support of our members to get this fund raising event going. Come out and play or volunteer as a helper to assist with the game. The funds raised through these games will go a long way to cover the overhead of our building and also contribute to our scholarship fund.
These Weekly bingo games are open to the public and held at our headquarters at Point OWoods, 9228 E. Gospel Island Road, Inverness, FL 34450.
For more information contact either Sandy Blackmore or Pat Brady, 352-419-8030 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lakes Status Update from:
Mark Fulkerson, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Professional Engineer
Water Resources Bureau
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Office: (352) 796-7211 Ext 4410
For the past 3 weeks the water control structures have been open, bringing river water into Tsala Apopka and splitting it evenly between the three pools. No structures have released water out of the Tsala Apopka lakes.
Now that the lakes are very near their high guidance levels and the Withlacoochee River continues to rise, inflow from the river has stopped. The internal structures will be closing very soon as well. We are also opening up the Van Ness structure to allow a little flow into Two-Mile Prairie, which will not affect water levels in the Hernando Pool. In addition, the Wysong-Coogler structure is fully deflated.
Plenty of water everywhere right now for sure. Let me know if you have any questions or need additional information. (8-31-2015)
Moving SWFWMD to Tampa - Not a Good Idea?
On May 15, 2015, the Executive Director of the District, Robert Beltran, issued an email to all district staff via "InternalCommunications" saying, "I wanted to let you know that based on the findings of the District.s Business Plan, there is a presentation and resolution on Tuesday.s Governing Board agenda recommending that the Tampa Service Office be designated the District Headquarters or principle office." This announcement came rather secretively on a "news dump" day, Friday, May 15th, and without any public notice or input or even time to prepare to attend the Board meeting planned for Tuesday, May 19th in Tampa. The item was not even on the published agenda for the meeting. So why the secrecy?
It is probable that with the current state leadership seemingly intent on practically dismantling the District that this move is possibly a counter to that outcome. It may be SWFWMD.s attempt at regaining or consolidating the power they have left. 40% of employees have already been let go and hundreds of employees from Brooksville have already had their departments quietly moved to Tampa. Sonny Vergara writes in his blog, SWFWMDMatters.blog.org that the move of the "SWFWMD District from Brooksville to Tampa is a waste and a scheme." He suggests that the Tampa facility is already almost full and soon a cry for a new multimillion dollar building will go up from the Tampa office, shortly followed by a request for more (younger) employees. Read Mr. Vergaras blog to see the reasoning put forth by the District for this move and his take on the reality of the move.
At the Governing Board meeting on May 19th the board voted to postpone the decision on the move to give time for more public input. See the full board meeting on You Tube at SWFWMD Discusses Business Plan. It appears that Hernando County and the City of Brooksville, which has had some significant financial impact from the firings and moves the District has already done, stepped up to object to further withdrawing the organization from the County. Also State Senator Simpson objects to the move and suggests the District needs to give the legislative process time to consider or there might be legislative consequences. According to Mr. Vergara.s blog both the Senator and Representative Blaise Ingoglia have indicated their opposition to the move to the Governing Board.
It appears that public pressure and the public spotlight on issues still has the power to promote change
State Representative Jimmy T. Smith, (850) 717-5034 or (352) 560-6020
Senator Charles Dean, Sr., (850) 487-5005 or (352) 860-5175,
or email: email@example.com
A DANGER TO "LOCAL SOURCES FIRST"
General Bill by Mayfield (CO-SPONSORS) Perry (Florida House of Representatives)
Local Government Services: Authorizes county to provide certain services & facilities outside boundaries of municipality without express consent of municipalitys governing body under certain circumstances; prohibits municipality from extending its corporate powers within unincorporated areas of county without express consent of countys governing body.
Effective Date: July 1, 2015
Last Event: 1st Reading on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:37 PM
This information from the Florida House of Representatives website looks harmless enough doesnt it? However, read the whole bill and you will see its real intent or consequence is to over turn the "Local Sources First" bill passed over 10 years ago.
"Local Sources First" has protected our area against water grabbing transfer plots by other areas to the south and east now running out of water due to overbuilding.
The bill history indicates that it has gone through various committees with a favorable outcome by the Local Government Affairs Subcommittee and reported out of this committee on February 18, 2015. The 1st Reading of the bill was March 3, 2015. There is a similar bill, SB442 - Local Government Services, now moving through the Florida Senate.
Its not too late to contact your representatives to protest these two bills and urge "Local Sources First" protection.
State Representative Jimmy T. Smith, (850) 717-5034 or (352) 560-6020
Senator Charles Dean, Sr., (850) 487-5005 or (352) 860-5175,
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOO FAR Press Release 3/8/15
Recycling expanded in Point OWoods
The TOO FAR Water & Natural Resource Foundation, now headquarted in Point OWoods at 9228 E. Gospel Island Road, has announced that a recycling point at the headquarters office is now available for aluminum cans. It is requested that the cans be rinsed before deposit in the recycle bin.
The paper recycling bin at the rear of the parking lot is still availabe for the deposit of newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office and school papers, flyers, junk mail and shredded paper.
Residents of Gospel Island are invited to use the recycling bins and participate in being part of the "solution to pollution".
At the present time, this recycle center does not accept cardboard, plastic bags, glass, metals or trash.
For more information call Sandra Koonce at 352-634-4216
MY TAKE - LOCAL SOURCES FIRST UNDER ATTACK! by P. Brady
The fight to protect our water never ends. Over the years the powers that want to make personal economic gain from the water in our aq-uifer have been stopped more than once. In the early days of TOO FAR a large pipe line was proposed to move water from Citrus County to Tampa. Several bus loads of members on the Capital doorstep helped stop this catastrophe. Since then the legislation introduced by Nancy Argenziano, "Local Sources First," has been our main weapon in stopping the exploitation of water resources.
In past years the Council of 100, composed of state business leaders, tried to make the water a State resource attempting to move water from one area to another to further permit overbuilding in highly pop-ulated areas now running out of water. They were stopped!
Now once again State Representative Deb Mayfield, Vero Beach Dist. 54, is attempting to overturn the Local Sources First legislation. HB 337 Local Government Services may not look on the surface as what it really does but it is a water transfer bill with no regard for the future or the environment. The appointment of a "State Water Czar" and a statewide water entity is the end goal. This is the same plan proposed in 2003 and again 5 years ago come around again. This overthrow of protection for our waters must be STOPPED. It may be time for the buses of concerned citizens to again show up in Tallahassee!
Contact our state Rep. Jimmy T Smith who is supporting (or considering doing so) this bill. Office: (352) 560-6020 Tallahassee: (850) 717-5034.
Dear Too Far Supporter,
Your membership & support in the Too Far organization is very important to us!
Everyone in our Too Far database is getting a form in the newsletter requesting dues payment if due, plus a form to update your information and a request for donations to create a reserve fund for operation of our new building. Please mail back the information. Our database will be purged in June and only dues paid members, life members, comp issues & advertisers will continue to receive our newsletter due to the cost of mailings.
Please return your membership form with this years membership dues so we can update our database and continue to keep you informed about issues, meetings and other events. Please include any email address you may have so you can receive the Too Far Newsletter by email.
You will enjoy receiving the newsletter in color with interactive internet links. Eventually we will be able to cut several hundred dollars per month from our budget by almost entirely eliminating print media for our newsletter at some point. You will receive the newsletter at least a week earlier than you do now as well.
Dont worry if you dont have a computer. Well still send you the newsletter by mail and it is always available to pick up at our general meeting.
You can find the date of your last dues year on the label of each months newsletter or email Pat at email@example.com.
Donations are very welcome!
Exciting things are happening at Too Far! Be sure to continue receiving our newsletter and return your information and dues today.
Regards, Pat Brady Secretary/Treasurer, Too Far, Inc.
Too Far, Inc.
P.O. Box 1341
Inverness, FL 34451
Contact Pat Brady with any questions at 352-419-8030.
IN THE NEWS AROUND THE STATE:
Green slime covers the St. Johns river and tributaries for weeks
Manatee History Matters: Paddlewheel steam-boats carried cargo, tourists along Florida waters By JOHN BEALE / Special to the Herald December 23, 2014
Scribbs Tribune: State lawmakers and other elect-ed officials are calling water policy a high priority for next year
Dec 5 2014, Water storage plan may clean up murky Florida water
Visit the Floral City Heritage Museum to view their wonderful new exhibit "Floridas Seminole Wars: An Epic Struggle"
YouTube Video: Spring Water Symposium 2013: "Water & Floridas Future" (51 minutes worth watching. Youll be glad you did!)
Springs Eternal Project - Explore a wealth of stories, images and information about our Florida springs and aquifer.
Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute - Explore a wealth of stories, images and information about our Florida springs and aquifer.
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:
Too Far would like to get your input
- What would you like see done or hear at Too Far meetings?
- Do you have any ideas for fund raising events?
- What ideas do you have for community projects Too Far could sponsor?
Please take an active role in making Too Far a successful and productive organization by completing the form and mailing it. Let us know what interest you!
Return Completed Questionaire to:
Too Far, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1341,
Inverness, FL 34451
or Send an Email
||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!
|(Click on the images to enlarge)
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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|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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Bring your newspapers, and aluminum cans to the next TOOFAR General Meeting to be recycled. You will be helping the environment and supporting TOOFAR too!
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