Ginger Sinn - 1991-11-11

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Ginger Sinn - 1991-11-11

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Ginger Sinn - 1991-11-11
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Ranchers -- Law and legislation -- Florida
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.) ( lcsh )

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NATIONA~DUBQNsoc1ETY KISSIMMEE PRAIRIE SANCTUARY November 11, 1991 Ms. Ginger Sinn 14425 NW 248th ST. OKEECHOBEE, FL 34872 ' 113--1417 Natur~l Resource Department Box 24680 3301 Gun Club Rd. West Palm Beach; FL 33416-4680 Dear Ms. Sinn: Thank you for your call last week in response to my inquiries about the status of the Haynes Williams Citrus Project (App. #901231-53). As we discussed, the project is proposed along our southern property boundary, adjacent to a dike referred to as the 11Mi 1 i tary Grade 11• The National Audubon Society owns and manages approximately 7500 acres north of this grade as a sanctuary representative of a native Florida ecotype which, in the last 50 years, has been extensively altered by a combination of forces. including range conversion to improved pasture, the associated hydrologic changes which accompany these improvements and. both agricultural and urban encroachments. Because the plant and animal communities, which comprise the native ecosystem we are managing for, are both determined by, and dependant on. the maintenance of a natural hydrologic regime, activities around our borders which have the potential to effect water levels on our land are of particular concern to us. In reviewing the permit application we feel it is criticai for SFWMD to insure that the use and management of water in this proposed citrus grove will not have deleterious impacts on the sanctuary. Specifically some of the questions which will n ed to be addressed are: What water levels will be maintained at our property bou -dary during different times of the year? What effects would be expected on the sanctuary, how far will these effects be felt?


Ms. Ginger Sinn November 11, 1991 Page 2 . . 'Where wi 11 pumping occur during dry periods? Which aquifer will impacted from pumping, how separated is this source . . from surface conditions? , . What will the maximum and average water level reductions be? The hand is further complicated by the existence and role of the military grade a s a dike, possibly impounding water to the north. We are currently involved in an extensive study of the hydrology of the sanctuary, with over 40 shallow wells in six transects located in representative plant community sites. One of the goals of this study is to determine exactly what effect this dike has on water levels and plant community relationships. It would be reckless to accept any blanket statements that lowering the water level will benefit the sanctuary because we are already too wet. Our current monitoring efforts should, hopefully, allow us to better address this issue. I am hopeful that we can reach a mutually beneficial agreement through the planning of this project which will minimize the expense to Mr. Williams operation and perhaps allow greater flexibility for water management on our sanctuary. However, I can not underestimate the importance of preventing hydrologic alteration to the lands north of the Military grade -one of Audubon's most valuable sanctuaries. I have asked Dr. Mike Duver. Director of Audubon's Ecosystem Research Unit. to pull out available well data, which I will forward for your consideration. I will gladly help in any other way I can. Sincerely, Scott Hedges Manager, Kissimmee Prairie Sanctuary cc. Leah Schad Mike Duver Ed Calson


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