This in from SWFWMD Community Affairs...
The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s new regulatory rules took effect today for existing and future water use permit holders in the Dover/Plant City area with crops that require frost/freeze protection.
The District developed the new rules in response to the unprecedented 11-day January 2010 freeze event, which resulted in more than 750 dry wells and more than 140 sinkholes. The new rules are one component of a District’s comprehensive freeze management plan, which was developed to significantly reduce impacts from future frost/freeze events.
Here is what SWFWMD is doing.
1. Declaring a 256-square-mile water use caution area in the Dover/Plant City area.
2. Establishing a minimum aquifer level and Minimum Aquifer Level Protection Zone
3. Developing a recovery strategy to help meet the minimum aquifer level
4. Requiring Automatic Meter Reading Devices
5. Creating a new process for allocating dry well complaints
For more information on the new regulatory rules or the District’s freeze management plan, visit www.WaterMatters.org/frost-freeze/.