Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - November 5, 2013
REVISED November 5, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #34

USGS Annual Joint Funding Agreement FY14


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Contacts:  Mark Simpson, Water Manager, Utilities Department

Bruce MacLeod, Water Treatment Supervisor, Utilities Department

Action Requested

Authorization for Chairman to execute a Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) for data collection at four stations (Manatee River at Rye Bridge, Fort Hamer, Myakka Head, and the Little Manatee River at Duette).  The agreement is for the period from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014, in the amount of $49,850 from Manatee County.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Comp. Plan – Policy indicates the County will comply with the SWFWMD reservoir regulation requirements.

Background Discussion

As part of the 2013 Manatee County Utilities Consolidated Water Use Permit (20013343.000), the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) requires (special conditions #20 and #21) Manatee County to maintain a Joint Funding Agreement with USGS for the collection of temperature, conductance, and river stage on the Manatee River at the sites known as Fort Hamer, Rye Bridge, and Devil’s Elbow.  The Devil’s Elbow site has recently been deleted through a permit modification.  The data collected will be used during the evaluation of pending minimum flow requirements for Lake Manatee.

The data collection platform at Myakka Head on the Manatee River provides continuous real-time information on inflows to the Lake which is critical to the operation of the Lake Manatee Dam.  This station also provides a long term record for the Manatee River.  This record is routinely used to evaluate the potential for additional reservoir development and in analyzing flood flows following major storms in the watershed.

The crest stage indicator at the South Fork of the Little Manatee River near Duette provides information critical to predicting flooding conditions.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other

Standard joint funding agreement with USGS.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return one fully executed agreement to:

US Geological Survey,  Florida Water Science Center, 4446 Pet Lane, Suite 108, Lutz, FL 33559, attention Nancy Baroud.

and one to:  Bruce MacLeod, Utility Operations

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
401.0009400.531000, Utilities Department, Water Treatment

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$ 49,850 annual agreement

Attachment:  USGS JFA FY14.pdf