Gary Ritter - 1996-05-29

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Gary Ritter - 1996-05-29

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Gary Ritter - 1996-05-29
Gray, Paul N.
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Ranchers -- Law and legislation -- Florida
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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University of South Florida
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L41-00071 ( USFLDC DOI )
l41.71 ( USFLDC Handle )

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Gary J. Ritter Senior Supervising Environmental Scientist Okeechobee Service Center South Florida Water Management District 205 E. North Park St. P0Box2033 Okeechobee, FL 34973-2003 Dear Gary: May 29, 1996 Thank you for arranging the meeting of landowners in the upper basin of Fish Slough yesterday. As we all agreed, the impounding effects of the military grade and the subsequent redirection of water to Sevenmile Slough is a significant problem for many landowners. Per our discussions, I have enclosed a proposal for a mitigation project that could solve our problem by purchasing about 600 acres of Mr. Haynes Williams' land and restoring it as a flowway and water storage area. This proposal has the attractive features of solving our problem amiably, creating storage potential, and restoring wetlands. The drawbacks might include high cost and lack of timeliness--we need relief now. I also must emphasize that this proposal is but one of many potential solutions. My crude calculations estimated that we need to have the capacity to move 1,600 cubic feet of water per second during peak flow periods to restore "natural" flow rates through the military grade. It will take an engineer's assessment of the situation to determine how close this estimate is, but the present capacity ( one 18 inch and two 24 inch pipes) appears to be at least 10 times too small. Once we have an accurate assessment of basin boundaries and some careful calculations of normal flowrates, we can begin discussing the nuts and bolts of how to fix our problem. I look forward to working with you and the other landowners to solve this and hope we can move ahead quickly. Please call me if there is anything I can do to help. cc: Frank Williamson, SFWMD Governing Board Sincerely, Paul N. Gray, Ph.D. Manager


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