40E-22.312   Policy and Purpose.

This section identifies water levels within Lake Okeechobee that will be considered by the Governing Board in declaring a water shortage pursuant to Rule 40E-21.231, F.A.C.  The rules in this section apply to the withdrawal of surface water from the Lake Okeechobee Region as depicted on Figure 21-4 and described in Subsection 40E-21.691(3), F.A.C., and the Brighton Reservation in accordance with the terms of the Water Rights Compact  Among the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the state of Florida, and the South Florida Water Management District (“Seminole Compact”).

Specific Authority 373.044, 373.113 FS.

Law Implemented 373.042, 373.0421, 373.086, 373.103(4), 373.175, 373.246 FS.

History – New, 9-10-01.

40E-22.322   Geographic Application.

This rule shall be applied to the Lake Okeechobee Region described in Subsection 40E-21.691(3), F.A.C., and the Brighton Reservation in accordance with the terms of the Seminole Compact.   In addition, depending upon particular hydrologic conditions, restrictions imposed under this section may be applied to agricultural users of Lake Okeechobee and its connected canal system that are in areas outside the Lake Okeechobee Region.  Such areas will be identified, as appropriate in the specific water shortage order declaring the restrictions.

Specific Authority  373.044, 373.113 FS.

Law Implemented 373.042, 373.0421, 373.086, 373.103(4), 373.175, 373.246 FS.

History – New, 9-10-01.

40E-22.332   Water Shortage Triggers.

(1)       Water shortage trigger levels for Lake Okeechobee are shown on Figure 22-4.  When water levels within Lake Okeechobee fall below these trigger levels, the governing board may impose water shortage restrictions pursuant to Rules 40E-21.231,  40E-8.441, F.A.C. and this Part.   In considering declaring a water shortage, the governing board shall consider other factors evaluated in this Part and Rule 40E-21.221, F.A.C., along with these trigger levels.

(2)       (a)       When water levels within Lake Okeechobee fall within Zone "A" depicted on Figure  22-4, a Phase I water shortage may be declared within the service area, pursuant to Rule 40E-21.521, F.A.C.. 

(b)       When water levels within Lake Okeechobee fall within "Zone A" area depicted on Figure 22-4, and can be expected to reach a June 1st lake stage of 10.5 feet NGVD, a Phase II water shortage may be declared within the service area pursuant to Rule 40E-21.531, F.A.C.

(c)        When water levels within Lake Okeechobee fall below, or can be expected to fall below the June 1st lake stage of 10.5 feet NGVD, a Phase III or greater water shortage may be declared within the service area pursuant to Rule 40E-21.541, F.A.C.

Specific Authority 373.044, 373.113 FS.

Law Implemented 373.042, 373.0421, 373.086, 373.103(4), 373.175, 373.246 FS.

History – New 9-10-01.




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