National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Public Meeting for the North of Lake Okeechobee Component A Reservoir (LOCAR) Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DATE AND TIME:
Thursday, October 26, 2023, 1:00 PM
Indian River State College
Dixon Hendry Campus
2229 NW 9th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE DISCUSSED:
The South Florida Water Management District, as the non-Federal sponsor for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, is conducting a Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the North of Lake Okeechobee Component A Reservoir (LOCAR) under Section 203 of the federal Water Resources Development Act of 1986, as amended. The Feasibility Study and EIS will explore opportunities for aboveground water storage north of Lake Okeechobee with an estimated water storage capacity of 200,000 acre-feet. Once complete, the feasibility study and EIS will be submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works for consideration by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act of 2024.
An open house period will be held during the first hour of the meeting (1:00 PM-2:00 PM) where in-person attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will begin at 2:00 PM, followed by a public comment period. Public comment by virtual attendees will be accepted in the chat only. Questions will not be answered during the dedicated public comment section.
One or more members of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District may attend these meetings. No Governing Board action will be taken.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by visiting the SFWMD’s website at SFWMD.gov/Meetings, seven days prior to the meeting or contact Libby Pigman via phone at 863-697-9922 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least seven days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Molly Brown, District Clerk, at email@example.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 1 (800) 955-8770 (voice).