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Seminole County mulling Deer Run Golf Course water rights

CASSELBERRY – The Deer Run Golf Course in Casselberry has been closed since May of 2019.

The current owner has put recent development plans on hold while the county evaluates the property.

Just off the old par 5 5th at Deer Run is more than a row of homes.

“The golf ball graveyard,” Gina McRorie said, laughing in her backyard.

McRorie has lived on the now-closed golf course for four years. Her yard sometimes has been mistaken for a driving range. The electric box still has the ball marks to prove it.

“Saturday mornings, Saturday afternoon, and on the weekends,” McRorie begins to explain when talking about golf balls coming in to her yard. “Even week days, but they are all down in here.

The errant shots are gone, but the course remains. Residents are hoping for green space, the county is looking for what is considered a hazard on the course a multi-million dollar savings in the long run underneath it. Water.

“Those wells have something called a consumption of use permit,” according to Seminole County Commissioner of District One Bob Dallari. “The right to pull water out of the ground.”

The Deer Run Golf course can pull about 200,000 gallons of water a day.

Public teleconference March 15 to discuss Sylvan Lake MFLs peer review

MAITLAND — The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public teleconference on March 15 to discuss draft peer review findings for the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) report for Sylvan Lake in Seminole County, located within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

The District is currently completing a reevaluation of its adopted MFLs for Sylvan Lake to ensure its continued protection. This public meeting, held via webinar, is the next step in the review process for the Sylvan Lake MFLs Determination and Assessment.

At this public teleconference the Sylvan Lake MFLs peer reviewer will present draft findings, including review of the environmental criteria, recommended minimum levels and assessment for Sylvan Lake.

WHAT: Sylvan Lake MFLs report draft peer review public teleconference

WHEN: 1 p.m., March 15, 2021

WHERE: Webinar: https://bit.ly/3q170wt
Call-in number: 1-386-256-1151
Conference ID: 179 509 335, then press #

Establishing MFLs is an important component of the District’s work of planning for adequate water supplies for today and for future generations while also protecting the District’s water resources.

Visit www.sjrwmd.com/minimumflowsandlevels/sylvan-lake for more information about the Sylvan Lake MFLs process.

To learn more about the science behind setting MFLs, visit the District’s StreamLines online magazine at www.sjrwmd.com/streamlines/finding-a-balance-in-floridas-waters/.

Verdict over Florida springs health is blow for environmentalists

A major legal fight waged by environmentalists seeking to bolster regulations protecting Florida’s springs from pollution has resulted in a ruling favoring state authorities.

Filed by a coalition of advocates for some of the state’s best-known springs — including Silver Springs, Blue Spring and Wekiwa Springs — the challenge played out within the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, which hosts court-like proceedings for people who challenge state actions.

At issue were state pollution-prevention rules for springs issued in 2018 and called Basin Management Action Plans. Coalition members deemed the action plans as so weak that even if they succeeded as intended, springs would continue to deteriorate, turning black with harmful algae and losing ecosystem richness.

The judge ruled that the state’s “only requirement was to fill in the blanks, regardless of whether or not what they wrote was credible or backed by science,” said Ryan Smart, executive director of the Florida Springs Council., which coordinated efforts of groups from five springs systems.

Seminole County seeks $1.66 million to fix Little Wekiva River

Seminole County on Tuesday took a step toward restoring the natural flow of the Little Wekiva River by asking Florida agencies for up to $1.66 million in grant money to help clean a mostly wild portion of the waterway, which stretches from just north of Orange County to the larger Wekiva River.

FBI issues cybersecurity outline for water treatment plants

ST. ALBANS, VERMONT — A four-page joint advisory from the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the EPA and Multi-State Center for Internet Security has been circulated among Vermont officials outlining how to avoid cyberattacks.

The document comes two weeks after a cyberattack on a drinking water system that serves 15,000 people outside of Tampa, Florida, was infiltrated. The attackers attempted to increase the amount of lye from 100 parts to 11,000 parts per million.

The document recommends following “Cyber Hygiene” and recommends steps such as keeping software up-to-date, implementing “independent cyber-physical safety systems,” and using randomized alphanumeric passwords, the St. Albans Messenger reported.