Upcoming Paddling, Hiking and Clean-up Events at our Preserves

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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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Access Lake County Water Authority’s GIS Web Application center.

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* * * Regular Board Meeting 3:30 pm, October 25, 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 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

Job Postings – October 9, 2017

NuRF Operator   and  Field Ranger   APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Positions are open until filled. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Submit applications to the offices of the Lake County Water Authority (LCWA), 27351 SR 19., Tavares, FL  32778.  Applications are available at the...

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HIDDEN WATERS HIKE ON 10-14-17

Come join Lake County Water Authority Naturalists on a hike of Hidden Waters Preserve in Eustis on October 14th from 9 am until 11:30 am.  Be prepared for a strenuous hike since the change in elevation on this property is approximately 105 feet.  We will showcase the...

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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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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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Lake Information

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Millions of cloud droplets are required to produce a single raindrop. One inch of rain falling on one acre of land can total more than 27,000 gallons of water.

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Finally seeing the light of day Gopher tortoise hatchlings may be seen emerging out of their deep burrows this month. If you encounter a young gopher tortoise, remember to leave the tortoise alone and refrain from picking it up or trying to relocate it. Like adult gopher tortoises and their eggs, hatchlings are also protected and should not be handled. The only exception to this rule is if you see one crossing a road, and you are in a safe position to pick it up and place it on the edge of the road facing the same direction it was going. Remember, tortoises are fully terrestrial reptiles that should NEVER be put in a body of water. To learn more about gopher tortoises, visit bit.ly/1i8nKLI. Other ways to help gopher tortoises: gophertortoisedayfl.com/

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Get outside for #TrailTuesday! Explore part of the 1,000-mile Florida National Scenic Trail in the district’s Rice Creek Conservation Area. The area was an indigo and rice plantation during the 18th century. For directions, guide and map, visit www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/rice-creek #happytrails

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ALL PRESERVES ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hidden Waters Preserve in Eustis, Crooked River Preserve in Clermont, Flat Island Preserve in Leesburg on US 27, Bourlay Historic Nature Park and Sabal Bluff in Leesburg are now open to the public, along with Sawgrass Island Preserve in Umatilla and Hickory Point Park in Tavares.

Please be aware that some trails may be TEMPORARILY CLOSED as staff continues to clear remaining storm debris and newly fallen trees and branches that may present a hazard.
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Open House at Lake County Water Authority’s Nutrient Reduction Facility
The Lake County Water Authority will hold an open house with guided tours on Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at its Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) on Lake Apopka.
Discharge 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.
The project was constructed adjacent to the Apopka-Beauclair Canal near the County Road 48 bridge and the St. Johns River Water Management District’s lock and dam facility.
The difference in water level upstream and downstream of the lock and dam provides the ability to treat the Lake Apopka discharge without the need for pumps.
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 is pumped from the ponds via a remote-control dredge to a centrifuge for dewatering. The dewatered floc can then be further dried for use in a variety of beneficial applications.
Because of its off-line design, the NuRF retains all the target pollutants and alum by-products sending only clean water downstream. The process removes at least 67% of the target algae-feeding nutrients and provides for the achievement of lake management goals for Lakes Beauclair, Dora, Eustis and Griffin.
Clearer water will allow more beneficial plant growth resulting in better fish habitat and less sediment resuspension. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate how the NuRF operates and answer questions.
The open house will take place at the facility at 16100 CR 48, Mt. Dora, just west of the Apopka Lock and Dam. Parking will be available onsite. Directions and further information can be found at www.lcwa.org or by calling (352) 324-6141 ext 0.
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Open House at Lake County Water Authority’s Nutrient Reduction F

October 29, 2017, 10:00am - October 29, 2017, 12:00pm

Open House at Lake County Water Authority’s Nutrient Reduction Facility The Lake County Water Authority will hold an open house with guided tours on Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at its Nutrient Reduction Facility (NuRF) on Lake Apopka. Discharge 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. The project was constructed adjacent to the Apopka-Beauclair Canal near the County Road 48 bridge and the St. Johns River Water Management District’s lock and dam facility. The difference in water level upstream and downstream of the lock and dam provides the ability to treat the Lake Apopka discharge without the need for pumps. 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 is pumped from the ponds via a remote-control dredge to a centrifuge for dewatering. The dewatered floc can then be further dried for use in a variety of beneficial applications. Because of its off-line design, the NuRF retains all the target pollutants and alum by-products sending only clean water downstream. The process removes at least 67% of the target algae-feeding nutrients and provides for the achievement of lake management goals for Lakes Beauclair, Dora, Eustis and Griffin. Clearer water will allow more beneficial plant growth resulting in better fish habitat and less sediment resuspension. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate how the NuRF operates and answer questions. The open house will take place at the facility at 16100 CR 48, Mt. Dora, just west of the Apopka Lock and Dam. Parking will be available onsite. Directions and further information can be found at www.lcwa.org or by calling (352) 324-6141 ext 0.

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