April 13, 2020
Two public workshop webinars have been scheduled for stakeholders and the public to learn more about and comment on the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP).
Water management district offices remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The workshops will now be held via webinar on two separate dates to maximize the opportunity for public participation. The same information will be presented by the districts during both webinars, so participants can register for the date that works best for them. The workshops will be conducted through Zoom, a free online meeting tool that can be used from a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Registration for the workshops prior to the meeting date is required. Stakeholders and the public can register for the workshops at the following links:
The CFWI RWSP is available on the CFWI website for review and comment by stakeholders and the public. The plan identifies existing and projected water needs as well as projects and funding sources to meet those needs in the CFWI planning area over the next 20 years. All public comments and feedback are taken into consideration and will be included in a Comment and Response document. The comment period ends on May 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.
The CFWI 2020 RWSP has been developed collaboratively between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the St. Johns, Southwest and South Florida water management districts, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, public water supply utilities and other stakeholder groups. The CFWI Planning Area consists of all of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Polk counties and southern Lake County, covering approximately 5,300 square miles.
The final plan will be presented to the governing boards of each water management district for approval in November 2020. To view the draft plan, appendices and comment form, click here.