SWFWMD Flatford Swamp Feasibility Analysis

Flatford Swamp is a forested wetland in east Manatee County that has received excess water during the dry season due to nearby agricultural practices. This has resulted in significant tree mortality and encroachment of several invasive herbaceous and shrub species. The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of using recharge wells to restore the hydrologic period and at the same time use the water to recharge the Most Impacted Area (MIA) of the Upper Floridan Aquifer (UFA). Jones Edmunds, with ASRus as a subconsultant, completed a conceptual design of a surface water recharge project. The project evaluated the feasibility of using recharge wells to restore the hydrologic period and use the water to recharge the MIA of the UFA. The Jones Edmunds and ASRus team evaluated recharging potential flows of 30 MGD. As part of the project, the team obtained a construction and testing permit for an Exploratory Class V, Group 2 Exploratory Aquifer Recharge well through FDEP’s UIC Department. The proposed target recharge zone is the Avon Park High Permeability Zone, which is expected to be within the Underground Source of Drinking Water. The permit includes a Zone of Discharge condition to allow the injected water to equilibrate to concentrations below the drinking water standards before leaving the site.

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