Bassam, Sammara - 1991-06-02

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Bassam, Sammara - 1991-06-02

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Bassam, Sammara - 1991-06-02
Milleson, James F.
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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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L41-00078 ( USFLDC DOI )
l41.78 ( USFLDC Handle )

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MurF:SoN !ENVIRONMENTAL (CONSULTING, INC. Bassam Sa11111ara Regulatory Department South Florida Water Management District P.O. Box 24680 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680 4630 121st Terrace North West Palm Beach, A.. 33411 (407) 795-7575 June 2, 1991 RE: Haynes Williams Citrus, Okeechobee County; Application# 901231-53 Dear Bassam: The following information is provided in response to several counnents and questions raised in your letter dated January 24, 1991 to Peter E. Thompson, P.E., on the referenced project. Please refer to the attached environmental assessment report, and revised project plans and calculations provided by HooverThompson and Associates for this project for additional details. Responses are provided in accordance with the conment numbers in your letter. 7. The following acreage figures are provided and summarized in the environmental report: * existing wetlands 77 .2 acres * wetlands protected 59.7 acres * wetlands to be impacted 17.0 acres * wetlands to be restored 19.3 acres * uplands to be maintained intact * water detention area 49.4 acres * excluded uplands 52.8 acres 8. No wetlands isolated within the grove are considered to be protected; mitigation will be provided for all wetlands isolated within the grove. Wetlands excluded from the project development area are located a minimum of 200 feet from the surface water management system. 9. The attached environmental report lists one endangered species, three threatened species and five species of special concern which may potentially utilize the project site, and provides a discussion of each, concluding that no adverse impact to any species is expected. Special considerations and sampling prior to construction will be given to two species which may nest on the site, caracara and sandhill crane. Staff from Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Co11111ission have been consulted concerning these issues. Environmental Permitting • Wetlands Assessment • Mitigation and Monitoring


Bassam Sanmara June 2, 1991 Page 2 10. The surface water management plan has been substantially revised from the original submission to reduce wetland impacts. Additionally, the attached report outlines several alternatives considered and implemented for the present plan to reduce wetland impacts. 11. Mitigation for wetland impacts is proposed by restoration of wetland habitats and function to previously drained wetlands (#310 -transitional grassland) within the water detention area. The attached report outlines the locations of the areas to be restored, the proposed water level control elevation, and the species composition of areas to be restored. Natural recruitment of marsh species is anticipated from existing soil seed stocks and surrounding wetland co111DUnities. 12. A minimum 15 foot, average 25 foot, natural buffer is provided around all wetlands incorporated within the water detention area, as shown on the revised engineering design plans. 13. A site inspection was conducted with Virginia Sinn to the project site on May 10, 1991. 14. A wetland monitoring plan is provided in the attached environmental report. 15. The water detention area is not proposed to have any internal borrow canals, so there will be no encroachment into preserved wetlands. Responses to the other questions will be provided by Peter Thompson, P.E. under separate cover. Do not hesitate to contact me if there are additional questions or comnents. Sincerely, Biologist enc. cc: Peter Thompson, P.E., Hoover-Thompson and Assoc. Haynes Williams


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