Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 24, 2019
September 24, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #48

Annual U.S. Geological Survey Joint Funding Agreement, FY 2019-2020


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Mark Simpson, Utilities Deputy Director, Ext. 5258
Katie Gilmore, Water Division Manager. Ext. 5473
Kathryn Quilty, Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, Ext. 5005

Action Requested

Authorization for the Chair to execute a Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) for data collection at three stations (for Manatee River near Myakka Head, Little Manatee River at Duette, and Manatee River at Rye Bridge). This agreement is for the period from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020, in the amount of $46,640 from Manatee County.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Comprehensive 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 (both the Fort Hamer and Devil's Elbow sites have been discontinued). This information is used to monitor the water quality effect 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. The 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 Kate Quilty, Utilities Department, and one fully executed agreement to Susan Jones, USGS, 4446 Pet Lane, Suite 108, Lutz, FL 33559-6302.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$46,640 401.0009400.534000 Water Treatment

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Annual Agreement

Attachment:  USGS Joint Funding Agreement.pdf