Florida Statutes (Chapter 373.042, F.S.) mandates the establishment of Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for lakes, streams/rivers, wetlands and aquifers. Subsection 373.042(2), F.S., requires the annual development of a priority list of those surface and ground waters to have MFLs established during the upcoming 3 to 5 years. The priority list is based, in part, on the importance of the waterbody or aquifer segment and the potential for significant harm to that water body or aquifer segment. Wekiva River is on the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Priority List.
ATM has been contracted to perform environmental, ecological, engineering, and hydrological services to assess whether the hydrologic regime defined by the multiple minimum flows and levels (MFLs) recommended by the District protects water resource and human use values for the Wekiva River System. Available hydrologic and water quality data, SJRWMD, and other related studies and recreational and economic information were gathered, collated, and are being used to perform supporting statistical analyses and develop predictive hydraulic models for use in required water resources, ecosystem and human-use assessments.