Classification: Notice of Action Date: 05/04/2015
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF DRAFT PERMIT
The Department of Environmental Protection hereby provides Notice that it has prepared a Draft Permit for the proposed project as detailed in application File No. 0329721-001 & 002-UC/5SR, WACS No. 91581, subject to the conditions specified in the draft permit and summarized below. The applicant, Lee County Utilities, Ms. Pamela Keyes, Utility Director, 1500 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, applied on September 27, 2014 for a permit to maintain a Class V, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well system. The project is located at the Lee County Utilities Olga Water Treatment Plant (WTP) Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) system, 1450 Werner Road, Alva, Florida 33920-3533, in the County of Lee.
This permit for ASR-1 and ASR-5 will allow monitoring, well maintenance, and other activities as approved by the Department, but does not authorize injection. During this permit duration, the county will evaluate the future use of the ASR system beyond the 5-year term of this permit. ASR activities were last conducted in 2006 and the wells have not been used since then. ASR wells (ASR-1 and ASR-5) stored and recovered potable water in the Suwannee Limestone of the Floridan aquifer at depths between 859 and 925 feet below land surface (bls). There are two monitor wells, OW-1 and OW-3, to determine water quality and level fluctuations in the ASR zone of the Suwannee Limestone.
The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes and the rules adopted thereunder. The project is not exempt from permitting procedures. The Department has determined that a construction permit is required for the proposed work.
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit for a minimum of 30 days after publication of this public notice. A request for a public meeting shall be submitted in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the meeting. If a public meeting is later scheduled, there will be another 30-day notice period for that meeting. Written comments shall be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, Aquifer Protection Program, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3530, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, which is the office processing this permit application. All comments received within the 30-day period and through the public meeting date, will be considered in formulation of the Department's final decision regarding permit issuance.
The application, draft permit, and fact sheet are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department of Environmental Protection, South District Office, 2295 Victoria Ave., Suite 364, Fort Myers, Florida 33901, and at the Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. Any additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting Neil Campbell, Engineering Specialist, at 850.245.8612.
LCU Ad No. 102
May 4, 2015