Hernando County

Agenda Item

Carrying Capacity Study With Southwest Florida Water Management District for Weeki Wachee Natural System




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Financial Impact

Preliminary total cost estimate is $250,000. SWFWMD share would be $125,000; Hernando County share would be $125,000. Funding is recommended from Sensitive Land Fund (1231).


A Carrying Capacity Study is being conducted to determine the appropriate recreational carrying capacity for the main headspring and the Weeki Wachee River.


Research is needed to determine the recreational carrying capacity of the main headspring and river that would allow the maximum level of public access and recreational enjoyment while preventing damage to the river bottom and shoreline, impacts to wildlife or hindrances to wildlife access.


This project will be broken into two phases.


Phase 1 - Weeki Wachee Natural System Carrying Capacity Study Methodology and Cost Estimate:  Entails the development of the methodology for the capacity including estimated cost.  The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is funding this phase.


Phase 2 - Weeki Wachee Natural System Carrying Capacity Study:  Includes an ecologically based carrying capacity study to evaluate the effects on the natural systems of the Weeki Wachee River.


This will be a SWFWMD initiative project and the SWFWMD will be the lead for the project.  The project is a partnership between the SWFWMD, the FDEP, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, and Hernando County.

Meeting History

Dec 12, 2017 9:00 AM Video Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting


That the Board approve up to $125,000 to be used to be equal matching partners in this Carrying Capacity Study and move forward to find a third party to do the study and to be taken from the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Funds.

MOVER:John Allocco, Second Vice Chairman
SECONDER:Steve Champion, Vice Chairman
AYES:Wayne Dukes, Steve Champion, John Allocco, Jeff Holcomb, Nicholas W. Nicholson