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Peace River Basin Resource Management Plan


The department developed this plan in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and a stakeholder group of representatives from local governments, regional water suppliers, regional planning councils, the mining industry, agriculture interests, development groups, environmental organizations and recreational interests. The management plan makes a series of recommendations to be undertaken over the next four years to address cumulative impacts in the basin and begin the long road toward recovery, including:

  • Develop a specific land acquisition plan for the Peace River Basin through a collaboration of local, state, and regional conservation land acquisition programs.
  • Develop a proposal to ensure adequate funding for continued reclamation of older mined lands.
  • Jointly review DEP and SWFWMD wetlands permitting in the basin to determine whether regulatory actions can be improved to minimize cumulative impacts more effectively.
  • Develop a single mining and reclamation permit process to establish a more comprehensive and environmentally protective program.
  • Adopt and implement scientific pollution loading limits to protect and restore water quality in the Peace River basin.

Peace River Basin Resource Management Plan

Table of Contents (1.54 MB)

Executive Summary (609 KB)

Chapter 1 - Introduction (520 KB)

Chapter 2 - Geographic Overview of Peace River Basin (26.7 MB)

Chapter 3 - Cumulative Impacts to Water Resources (39.1 MB)

Chapter 4 - Buffer Areas and 100-Year Floodplain (210 KB)

Chapter 5 - Addressing Cumulative Impacts - Recommendations (7.43 MB)

Chapter 6 - Peace River Basin Resource Management Plan Implementation (130 KB)

Chapter 7 - References (124 KB)

Management Plan Meetings 

July 13, 2006 - Wauchula

September 7, 2006 - Wauchula

September 29, 2006 - Bartow September 29, 2006 - Bartow

October 24, 2006 - Bartow

November 9, 2006 - Bartow

December 12, 2006 - Bartow

May 11, 2007 Wauchula

Stakeholder Meeting Summaries

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