Minimum Flow Fiasco

June 9, 2019. The following letter appeared in yesterday’s Citrus County Chronicle.

I see that Florida’s elite water management agency, Swiftmud, will be holding a workshop to gather public comment about how much more water should be removed from the Homosassa and Chassahowitzka rivers to create suitable minimum flows.   

I’d like to suggest that personnel from that agency redirect their attention to the Arctic, and hold public hearings on the North Slope to determine minimum flow standards for the glaciers that are melting at record rates.  They need to take the folks from Heatherwood Investments, LLC along to help measure water discharge levels while filling their bottles at the same time.  And, of course, our distinguished representatives from the Florida Legislature who created the minimum flow program, will be needed to supervise.

Gary Rankel

Citrus Hills, Florida