Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 20, 2015
REVISED October 20, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #26

Annual U.S.G.S. Joint Funding Agreement, FY 2015/2016


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Mark Simpson, Water Division Manager, ext. 5258
Katie Gilmore, Water Plant Superintendent, ext. 5005

Action Requested
Authorization for Chair to execute a Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) for data collection at four stations (for Manatee River at Rye Bridge, Ft. Hamer, Myakka Head, and the Little Manatee River at Duette). The agreement is for the period from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016, in the amount of $51,000 from Manatee County.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Comp. Plan - Policy indicated the County will comply with the Southwest Florida Water Management District reservoir regulation requirements.

Background Discussion
As part of the 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 discontinued. These sites will be used to monitor the water quality effects from several release scenarios from the Lake Manatee Dam. The data collected will be used during the evaluation of the 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
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return one fully executed agreement to Katie Gilmore, Utilities Department, and one fully executed agreement to Kevin Grimsley, USGS, 4446 Pet Lane, Suite 108, Lutz, FL 33559-6302.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$51,000 401.0009400.531000 Water Treatment

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Annual Agreement

Attachment:  USGS Letter 9-25-15.pdf
Attachment:  USGS Joint Funding Agmt FY 15-16.pdf