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Title: Final Environmental Impact Statement : Lake Tohopekaliga Extreme Drawdown and Habitat Enhancement Project, Osceola County, Florida, Volume I
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Keywords: Environmental protection
Tohopekaliga, Lake (Fla.)
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: This final environmental impact statement (FEIS) evaluates the environmental impacts of alternatives associated with a temporary deviation in water levels that would allow lake levels to be lowered in Lakes Tohopekaliga (Toho), Cypress, Hatchineha, and Kissimmee for the purpose of improving habitat for fish and wildlife species. Three alternatives are considered: gravity flow to lower the four lakes, gravity flow to lower the lakes with flexible refill of the lakes (the preferred alternative), and no action. It is also proposed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) under Department of Army (DA) permits to perform muck removal operations while the lakes are at low levels. This aspect of the project is being reviewed through the Corps regulatory permit process. Long-term benefits of the action would be the muck and nuisance vegetation reduction, improved recreational fishery habitat, and improved boat access throughout the lakes. Adverse/controversial impacts and issues are in-lake disposal islands, potential loss of revenue to local fish camps during the drawdown, temporary limited boat access on and between the lakes and possibly the Kissimmee River during the drawdown due to low water levels, and groundwater effects; also, impacts on snail kites are being assessed during formal consultation proceedings with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Description: Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 510 pages/76.31 Mb
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