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Hickory Point

This 68-acre multi-use facility presents a unique recreational waterfront park experience. Popular activities for park guests of all ages include a nature boardwalk & trail, outdoor picnic areas with barbecue grills, a playground, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, swimming beach, and open-field play areas.

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* * * Regular Board Hearing 3:30 pm, September 27, 2017, and Final Budget Meeting 5:05 pm, September 27, 2017, Admin Bldg, County Commissioners Chambers, 315 W Main Street, Tavares * * *

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Welcome to the Lake County Water Authority

The mission of the Lake County Water Authority is to conserve and protect freshwater resources and to provide recreational facilities and education to foster tourism through a more efficient use of resources, to better the aquatic ecosystem and environment in Lake County and improve the community as a whole.

Lake County Water Authority Current News

BID ANNOUNCEMENTS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING IS STILL SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT THIS TIME: MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING: A mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held at the Lake County Water Authority Office at 27351 S.R. 19. Tavares, FL 32778-3119 at 11:00 a.m. on...

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DORA CANAL UPDATE

The Dora Canal is now open to boat traffic.  Please use caution!  Around the bend from Tiki Village you will see orange tape.  It is IMPORTANT that you stay BETWEEN the orange tape and the shoreline.  Water is 4 to 5 feet at that point.  If you go outside of the...

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UPDATED STATUS OF LAKE LEVELS AND PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE IRMA

It appears that the current track of Hurricane Irma will bring a category 2 hurricane up the center of the state.  Lake County could experience 100 mph winds and heavy rainfall (8-10 inches) Sunday through Monday. Clermont Chain of Lakes As of Friday morning, Sept...

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BABY MANATEE BORN IN THE HARRIS CHAIN OF LAKES

In late July 2017, sightings confirmed that "Leesburg" had become a mother for the first time. She gave birth to a calf sometime in July in Lake Eustis.  Visit our Manatee Page and learn about the manatees living the Harris Chain and join in on the fun by...

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See How LCWA’s NuRF is Restoring Lake County’s Lakes!

NuRFFlowDischarge from Lake Apopka is the single largest controllable source of pollution in Lake County. The NuRF utilizes off-line liquid alum injection to remove pollutants flowing out of Lake Apopka into the rest of the Harris Chain of Lakes. Alum was selected because of its reliability and history of successful use in many different water treatment applications.

Once alum combines with pollutants in the water, it forms heavy snowflake-like particles called “floc” which sink to the bottom. To collect the floc, two 9-acre settling ponds were constructed. The alum floc will be pumped from the ponds using a remote control dredge to a centrifuge for dewatering.

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DORA CANAL UPDATE
The Dora Canal is now open to boat traffic.
Please use caution!

Around the bend from Tiki Village you will see orange tape.
It is IMPORTANT that you stay BETWEEN the orange tape and the shoreline.
Water is 4 to 5 feet at that point.

If you go outside of the orange tape you will hit a tree.
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Hidden Waters Preserve in Eustis is now open to the Public, along with Hickory Point Park in Tavares.

All other Preserves are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE for the safety of the public and to allow staff to assess any damage after the storm, and clear any fallen trees and branches that might be a hazard. Preserves that are still closed to the public include:

Bourlay Historic Nature Park, Leeburg
Crooked River Preserve, Clermont
Flat Island Preserve, Leesburg
Sabal Bluff Preserve, Leesburg
Sawgrass Island Preserve, Umatilla
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IMPORTANT NOTICE!! Due to the closure of the offices at Lake County Board of County Commissioners, the LAKE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY TENTATIVE BUDGET HEARING will be held at the Lake County Water Authority offices at 5:05 pm September 13, 2017. Office is located at 27351 SR 19, Tavares. ... See MoreSee Less

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Due to the impending hurricane, we wanted to let the public know that the Water Authority's Hickory Point Park in Tavares will be closing the restrooms and the pavilion for rentals, but the boat ramps will remain OPEN.

Preserves will be closed starting today, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 until further notice. We will assess the damage to the trails and restrooms as soon as possible after the storm. Please check back on our facebook page for more information.

Preserves affected include:
Bourlay Historic Nature Park, Leeburg
Crooked River Preserve, Clermont
Hidden Waters Preserve, Eustis
Flat Island Preserve, Leesburg
Sabal Bluff Preserve, Leesburg
Sawgrass Island Preserve, Umatilla

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THE FOLLOWING IS A STATUS OF LAKE LEVELS AND PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICAN IRMA:

It appears that the current track of Hurricane Irma will bring a category 2 hurricane up the center of the state. Lake County could experience 100 mph winds and heavy rainfall (8-10 inches) Sunday through Monday.

CLERMONT CHAIN OF LAKES

As of Friday morning, Sept 8th, Lake Minnehaha is at 96.81 ft. which is slightly more than 8 inches below the upper end of the regulatory range of 97.50. The Cherry Lake Dam is opened all the way moving 469 cfs through the Dam. Flow from Big and Little Creeks have remained fairly steady over the past week with Big Creek discharging at 29.2 cfs and Little Creek discharging at 34.0 cfs for a combined flow of 63.2 cfs. At the current flow rate from the Cherry Lake Dam (nearly 8 times the flow coming in) we should be able to accommodate 8 inches of rain from Hurricane Irma without exceeding the regulatory range for the lake.

HARRIS CHAIN OF LAKES

As of Thursday, Sept 7th, Lake Apopka is at 66.16 ft., 0.32 ft. above the regulatory schedule and 0.34 ft., below the maximum desirable elevation of 66.40 ft. The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) is releasing water from Lake Apopka at 375 cfs (300 cfs through the NuRF - the off-line alum treatment facility on the Apopka Beauclair Canal) and 75 cfs through the Apopka Lock and Dam.

The SJRMWD is also making releases from the other lakes as well. Lakes Beauclair, Dora, Eustis and Harris average 62.17 ft. which is 0.25 ft. above regulation schedule, 0.33 ft. below the maximum desirable for Lakes Eustis and Harris and 0.50 ft. below the maximum desirable for Lake Dora. The SJRMWD is releasing 877 cfs through the Burrell structure that controls Lakes Beauclair, Dora, Eustis and Harris into Lake Griffin. In addition, the Harris Bayou structure has been opened allowing 100 cfs to be discharged from Lake Harris directly to Lake Griffin. Lake Griffin is at 57.67 ft. which is still 0.25 ft. below the regulatory schedule and the Moss Bluff structure has been opened and is flowing at 92 cfs.

Please make sure you are all prepared for the storm and its aftermath.

The Lake County Water Authority office will be closed on Monday, September 11th due to the proposed path of Hurricane Irma.

The Lake County Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999 is now open 24 hours a day until further notice.
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Lake County Water Authority

27351 SR 19
Tavares, FL 32778

P: (352) 324-6141
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