Brian Barnett - 1991-08-05

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Brian Barnett - 1991-08-05

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Brian Barnett - 1991-08-05
Milleson, James F.
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Ranchers -- Law and legislation -- Florida
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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MniESON lENVIRONMENfAL (CONSULTING, INC. Mr. Brian Barnett South Florida Section Leader Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission 110 43rd Avenue, S.W. Vero Beach, FL 32968 RE: Haynes Williams Citrus Project; SFWMD App. #901231-53 Dear Mr. Barnett: 4630 121st Terrace North West Palm Beach, Fl..33411 (407) 795-7575 August 5, 1991 I have received a copy of your letter to Mr. Stuart Bradow, South Florida Water Management District, concerning fish and wildlife considerations of the proposed project. We worked closely with Ms Mary Ann Nelson of your staff, and appreciate her advice and input on this project. In response to your stated concerns, please consider the following: 1. Hydrology of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve The lands immediately north of the project site originally were owned by Mr. Williams, and were sold to National Audubon Society to be incorporated into the Preserve. An existing elevated grade along the north side of the project remained as the new boundary between these -t wo parcels. A previously existing culvert which drained wetlands north of the grade into the channelized Fish Slough has been removed, and two other culverts which diverted waters through the grade onto the Williams site have been fitted with riser boards. An agreement between Williams and National Audubon Society maintains these riser boards in place. Any seepage from Kissimmee Prairie Preserve lands which may be induced by the water management system of the proposed grove is less than historically flowed from the site through culverts and channelized ditches. Therefore, it is not anticipated that this project will negatively impact the existing hydrology of the Kissmmee Prairie Preserve. 2. Water levels in water detention areas maintain upland vegetation The single water detention area on the site is segmented into two components, with water level controlled by a fixed crest notched weir at elevation 67.5 feet NGVD in the southern section, and 68.5 feet NGVD in the northern section. These elevations were selected to enhance the hydroperiod in both existing wetlands and in peripheral transitional grasslands to restore wetland function. Present terrestrial plant co1ID11unities within the water detention areas occur at higher elevations, and will not be adversely impacted by the design water levels. Calculations submitted by Hoover-Thompson and Associates show that stages from a 25-year, 3 day rainfall event will peak at approximately 68.9 feet NGVD, and should bleed down to control level of 67.5 feet NGVD within seven days. Environmental Permitting • Wetlands Assessment • Mitigation and Monitoring


Mr. Brian Barnett August 5, 1991 Page 2 3. Caracara and sandhill crane nesting We have recoumended that the site be examined for caracara and sandhill crane nesting prior to construction, and that if nesting is observed, appropriate setbacks and buffers be established. We will follow your guidelines of a 0. 25 mile buffer (as opposed to 200 meter) around any active caracara nesting site from January through April, to the maximum extent possible. Depending on the actual date of permit issuance, and the final construction schedule, details of the pre-construction survey times will be developed at a later date. We will coordinate these surveys with your staff, and will provide results as available. I hope this additional information adequately addresses the concerns of your letter. If there are further questions or comments, please contact me at your earliest convenience. James F. Milleson Biologist cc: Mary Ann Nelson, FGFWFC Rett Thompson, Hoover-Thompson Mr. Haynes Williams Mike Duever, Florida Audubon Society South Florida Water Management District


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