Florida Springs Protection Awareness Month

April is Springs Protection Awareness Month. There are more than seven hundred identified springs in the State of Florida. All of which have become threatened in varying degrees by anthropogenic activities and other factors. As such, many of the water management districts (WMDs) have established “Spring Teams” comprised of in-house experts charged with evaluating and applying a variety of techniques …

Critical Linkage Corridors

If you’re a resident, landowner or a professional involved in development or transportation in Pasco County, you should be aware that an updated draft ordinance on Critical Linkage Corridors is currently working its way through the Board of County Commissioners, most recently presented at a workshop in mid-February.  According to the Pasco County website, the Critical Linkage ordinance is the …

Hydraulic Fracturing in Florida, by M.C. Alfieri, Professional Hydrologist, Professional Geologist, CGWP

On December 2, 2015, the Florida House Agriculture and Natural Resource Appropriations Subcommittee vote 9-3 on House Bill (HB) 191 – Regulation of Oil and Gas Resources, which was co-sponsored by Representatives Rodrigues (R-Estero) and Pigman (R-Sebring). A senate version of HB191, Senate Bill (SB) 318, was referred in October to the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Subcommittee. HB191, as …

Florida Governor Rick Scott Appoints Michael Alfieri to Board of Professional Geologists

WRA would like to congratulate Michael Alfieri, Professional Geologist, on his appointment to the Board of Professional Geologists.   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Michael Alfieri to the Board of Professional Geologists.   Alfieri, 40, of Odessa, is the principal hydrogeologist at Water Resource Associates, Inc. He is reappointed for a term beginning January …

ACOE Indirect Impact Guidance Being Put on Hold

While recent talk about the U.S. Army Corps (ACOE) permitting has revolved around the revised definition for Waters of the United States (WOTUS) another recent permitting change here in the Jacksonville District (Florida) has flown under most radars.  In August 2014, the ACOE issued guidance on evaluating Indirect/Secondary Effects on WOTUS and unless you’ve had a project reviewed under this …

WRA Awarded Three Year Contract with JEA

WRA, a leader in Florida water supply planning and permitting for over 18 years, was recently awarded a three year contract with JEA for: (1) hydrologic/hydrogeologic modeling; (2) water resource management; and (3) consumptive use permit (CUP) support services. In respect to modeling, WRA will be providing services for hydrogeologic modeling and professional consulting services regarding St. Johns River Water …

Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Update

On Friday, October 9th, the U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit issued an Order of Stay (Stay) which puts the implementation of the new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule for Florida on hold.  What this means for stakeholders is  permit applications determined to be complete will be held to the existing definition of WOTUS until such time as the Stay is lifted. …

WRA’s Environmental Manager Presents at Stetson University (Deland, FL)

The newly established Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University (Deland, FL) asked WRA’s Environmental Manager and Stetson alumni Matthew Miller, to present to students and faculty a project that would best encompass the vision for the Institute. The presentation he chose, “Wetland Recovery and Management in a Shallow, Freshwater Wellfield in Southwest Florida” detailed the Englewood Water District’s (EWD) …