Shallow Depressions in the Florida Coastal Plain: Karst and Pseudokarst

In Florida, shallow depressions (i.e., depressions <1-2 m in depth) on the land surface are often attributed to sinkhole development. However, it has become evident that there are at least seven different mechanisms through which these depressions can form in Florida’s geologically young cover sediments. These mechanisms include:   1. Cover-subsidence sinkholes over shallow limestone; 2. Suffosion sinkholes over shallow …

Ryland Home Townhomes | WRA Engineering Tampa

Ryland Homes recently breaks ground on an upscale townhome community in western Hillsborough County. The community is called Jackson Square and is located off of Double Branch Road, south of Hillsborough Avenue. The planned development includes significant frontage along Boat Bayou, 42 2-story state of the art townhome units, a large centrally located water feature and a beautiful nature/walking trail. …

South Lake Regional Water Initiative Tech Memo

WRA has recently reached four milestones for the South Lake Regional Water Initiative (SLRWI) by completing: Technical Memorandum No. 2 – Available Traditional Groundwater Sources, South Lake County, Florida; Technical Memorandum No. 3 – Available Wastewater/Reclaimed Water, Surface Water, and Stormwater Sources, South Lake County, Florida; Technical Memorandum No. 4 – Alternative Water Supply Evaluation, South Lake County, Florida; and …

WRA VP Appointed to Pasco Task Force for State Road 54/56 Solutions

With more rapid growth of homes and storefronts anticipated from Wesley Chapel to Zephyrhills, Pasco County officials are starting discussions again on solutions to the major traffic issues on State Road 54/56. After a previous elevated toll road development plan fell through, the county is looking for public engagement and would like residents to play a larger role in the decision-making. …

Updated Rules for Occupying Newly Constructed Commercial Retail Space in Sarasota County

Sarasota county has recently changed their rules for occupying newly constructed commercial retail space. A new business retailer cannot open under a temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO). The full CO must be received from the building department before the subject retailer can obtain their business license to operate. Previously a retailer was allowed to get their business license with just …

Proposed “Waters of the U.S.” Rule May Create Significant Permitting Delays 

The implementation of the newly proposed Water of the United States Rule will take affect later this month unless stayed in the courts as a result of numerous filed lawsuits. This rule would constitute a significant regulatory expansion by the USEPA with respect to claiming jurisdiction over wetland systems previously exempt. The USEPA sets the criteria for implementation of the …

Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent Florida

WRA can be your first point of contact if you are informed that these protected species exist on your property. An onsite relocation may require an Agent, and an offsite relocation will always require an Authorized Agent. Agents may use various methods to capture and relocate gopher tortoises, including but not limited to bucket trapping, live trapping, and hand shovel …

WRA Announces New Company Officers

Peter Hubbell and Mark Farrell, Principals of WRA, are proud to announce the promotion of Joe Cimino and Clint Cuffle to WRA Vice Presidents and Partners of the firm. Joe and Clint are both long time employees of WRA that have been key to the success of the now 18 year old company. Joe Cimino joined WRA in 1999, has …

Critical Principles for a Well Accepted Water Supply Plan

A well-developed water supply plan can be a very informative tool for water users to understand the ability to sustain their current and future water supply needs. However, the means to develop such a plan is relatively complicated and requires adherence to critical principles to ensure plan acceptance and value as a useful water management tool. Use of Predictive Impact …