Friends of Lake Jesup
Metro Church, Division Street, Oviedo
Chairman Robert King called the meeting to order at approx. 7:30 p.m. The meeting started late because of a mix up in scheduling at the library.
Because there were many different officials at the meeting, Chairman King asked for self-introductions.Chairman King said that because of the special items on the night's agenda, regular business would be dispensed with. He said he did have a brief report regarding an inaccuracy in Seminole County's stormwater model in the area of the berm removal. He said Seminole County and St. Johns River Water Management District were working on the problem that was brought to his attention by a homeowner in the area who felt that water was not moving properly away from his property.
Camey Dewey, SJRWMD, gave a report on the stormwater park project (see attached handout). She said Camp Dresser & McKee was signed to a contract on June 18 to evaluate the 14 potential stormwater park sites. The completion date is on or before the first week of December. She said CDM would develop a matrix to rank the sites. She said potential sites are located as follows: eight in the Howell Creek basin, one in the Gee Creek basin, two in the Six-Mile Creek basin, one in the lower Lake Howell basin and two in the Soldier's Creek basin. Ms. Dewey said there are promising sites in each of the basins and the sites present different options ranging from stormwater retrofit to first flush diversions.
Chairman King asked Pete Milam, US Army Corps of Engineers, to outline the Corps needs prior to the prioritization session. Milam explained the 1135 program and that it can be utilized in this case because of the determination that Government Cut has impacted the natural oxbow flow of the St. Johns River at the mouth of Lake Jesup. Mr. Milam distributed a typical schedule for the 1135 study. He introduced Russ Rhode, chief of floodplain management, who would head up the study team. He reiterated that the FLJ would that night, through the prioritization process, determine the restoration objectives for the Corps.
Mr. Rhode explained the 1135 process; the study phase, preparation of plans and specifications, and construction.
Dick Galantowitz, SJRWMD, facilitated a prioritization process for the balance of the meeting. (See attached). Mr. Galantowitz was able to help the group compile a concise list but the group was unable to vote on the list due to time constraints.
The meeting was adjourned at approx. 9:15 p.m.