WRA Is Now Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles For Ecological Services

WRA’s environmental team commenced work on a Charlotte Harbor Estuary Program (CHNEP) grant to perform a wading bird nest survey using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) throughout the upland-cut canals in the City of North Port. While the survey results will be a useful update to the previous wading bird nest survey data (last collected by the FWC in the 1990s) …

Michael C. Alfieri, P.G., P.Hg., CGWP Selected for NGWA Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel

Michael C. Alfieri, Professional Hydrologist, P.G., CGWP was selected to participate in the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) recently established Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel. Anticipating that future modeling demands will be higher, require more complexity, and potentially crossing multiple scientific disciplines, the Panel’s overall objective is to further enhance the practice of groundwater modeling. Mr. Alfieri was previously the Secretary …

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 …

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. …

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 …