Request for suspension - 2001-01-22


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Request for suspension - 2001-01-22

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Request for suspension - 2001-01-22
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Ranchers -- Law and legislation -- Florida
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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FLORIDA AUDUBON SOCIETY Ord w a y -Whitten Kis s immee Prairie San c tuar y ON & Lake Okeechobee Sanctuarie s 100 R iverwood C ircl e Lorida , FL 33857 OF FLORIDA Tel: 863 / 467-8497 Fax: 863 / 467-8460 5 Page FAX Mike Piper South Florida Water Management District 3301 Gun Club Road West Palm Beach, FL 3 3406-4680 Dear Mr. Piper: January 22 , 2001 Per our conversation , attached is an Email to me , from Greg Braun , dated December 15, 2000 , mentioning the (apparently) un-permitted pump on the 101 Ranch. Mr. Braun was hired to monitor water conditions around our Sanctuary to satisfy one of the final agreements in our litigation with the downstream landowners. I also attached a report with photos from Greg (I hope they FAX well enough to see). Greg was on the 101 Ranch again on January 18 and reports that the pump was still running , and irrigating the sod fields. You can contact Greg at 561-575-2041. As I understand , this pump is about 180 feet deep. If so, according . to SFWMD Tech Pub #84-1 (Hydroecology of the Kissimmee Planning Area , SFWMD) the water is drawn from an area that is not separated from the surface by a confining layer. Water withdrawls from this area can be expected to pull water down from the surface. This threatens the Sanctuary ' s wetlands some are about one-half mile from this pump. I am very concerned that it appears the person continues pumping , knowing the legal issues with the pump. The longer this pump runs , the more chance that it harms the water table and wetland resources on our Sanctuary. In this drought year , the water in our wetlands is the only remaining surface water for myriad wetland wildlife this pump threatens them . I respectfully request the pump be stopped and removed , proper enforcement be completed , and that the 101 Ranch permit application (Okeechobee Ranch Water Use Application No. 001116-6) be suspended until after this issue is satisfactorily resolved. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Paul N. Gray , Ph.D . Manager A STRATEGrC ALLIANC E OF THE FLORIDA AND NATIONAL SOCIETIES fN PARTN E RSHIP WITH 45 LO AL AUDUBON CHAPTE R S 0 PAINTED WITH SOYI N K National A udu bon Society

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Subject: Hydrologic ~~~~tf!c:ZC1Program%20Files/Netscape/Na .. .id=d6 . 114d2a.277436ce@aol.com&number=3625 Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 23:47:10 EST From: DGREGBRAUN@aol.com To: audubon@okeechobee.com Greetings Paul: Monitoring run on 12/15 was pretty uneventful. Water levels have receded below invert elevations at all monitoring stations. There's still a pool on the north side of Military Trail at Shinn Hammock Marsh -inhabited by (and possibly kept clear by) a big alligator. The traveling carriage on the continuous recorder had stopped at about half-way through the 30-day period -possibly due to a short-circuit in the wiring from the battery. I replaced the alligator clip that connects the wire to the battery, but had no way of checking to see if that solved the problem. If you're passing by it anytime before my next run in mid-January, it might be worth checking. It is still recording the water "elevation", which has now dropped to approx. 3' below the ground surface. Met Haynes' son while checking out "The Berm". No additional work has been performed on the berm, but then there also hasn't been much rain to cause any erosion problems. Rainfall totals for the month were less than 0.25" at all rain gauges. About the only place with much water was 101 Ranch. Haynes has / drilled a well and installed a pump in the sod farm area immediately west of ~,------the access road that runs along the new ditch. It was pumping and water was being shunted to fill the various irrigation ditches throughout the sod farm area. Rec'd the contract, and am wading thru the legalese. Noticed you'd gotten the swamp buggy repaired -you may need it for soft sand instead of deep water! Happy Holidays, Greg

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Subject: Hydrologic ~aj!!?c!~~c;~zc/Programo/o20Files/Netscape/Na ... =27 .1061 Od3b.279daf4c@aol.com&number=4060 Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2001 10:44:12 EST From: DGREGBRAUN@aol.com To: Audubon@okeechobee.com Paul: I was unable to successfully download and print the file you sent. What type of file is it? Things were pretty dry during the monitoring event on January 18th, but not uneventful: I met Loris Asmussen, who is doing some drainage and permit-related engineering work. I am unclear on exactly who his client(s) are, but it sounds like Keith Holcomb and/or Lefty Durando. Land surveying work had been done along Tiger Ditch, and Loris seems to think that Lefty wants to make use of a 200' wide drainage easement that extends toward the south (but to the west of) the existing ditch to accomplish more drainage off his property. Loris also indicates that he's doing the permitting for Haynes' irrigation wells, and that the well that is there now is a temporary well, use of which will be ceased when the WMD permit is issued for the deeper wells. Loris says the existing well is shallower (+ 200') and that he's told Haynes that it should not be used because of the likelihood that it will affect surface wetlands. The well was pumping, there was water in the irrigation ditches, and water was being sprayed on the southern portion of the sod farming operation. One thing I couldn't figure out was that the level in the Haynes Williams ditch was unexpectedly high. There's been little rainfall (less than l") at the adjacent gauge, but yet the level in the ditch has increased approx 1' over last month. There is no surface connection to the ditch from the irrigation ditch system, so I don't know where the water is coming from. I think it would be a stretch that it had increased that much from seepage from the irrigation ditches and sod farm, but that's the only explanation I can think of. Levels were dry (or lower) at all other monitoring sites. The water level recorder at Station 31 was operating without problems -perhaps the rewiring job last month did the trick. Loris gave me his# in case you are interested in contacting him. It is (770)-380-2952~ Call if any questions. Greg


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