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U.S. Geological Survey, Greater Everglades Science Initiative (Place-Based Studies)
Fiscal Year 2003 Project Summary Report
Project Title: Internal Surface-Water Flows
Project Start Date: 1996 Project End Date: ongoing
Location: Seminole Tribe of Florida Reservation
Funding Source: Seminole Tribe of Florida, Place-Based Studies Initiative
Principal Investigator: Mitch Murray
Project Personnel: Rick Solis and other Miami CWRS USGS Hydrologic Records support staff, USGS Ocala Lab support staff, Seminole Tribe Water Resource support staff, and South Florida Water Management ESDA staff
Supporting Organizations: Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, South Florida Water Management (SFWMD)
Associated/Linked Projects: SFWMD/Seminole Agreement Working Group Report, Western Basin Project Management Plan
Overview & Objectives: Proposed modified water deliveries to Indian Tribal Lands, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Water Conservation Area 3A require that flow and nutrient loads at critical points in the interior surface water network be measured. Defining the foundation for water levels, flows, and nutrient loads has become an important baseline for Storm Treatment Area 5 and 6 development, recent C-139 Basin flow re-diversions, and future L-28 Interceptor Canal de-compartmentalization including flow rerouting into the Big Cypress Preserve. Flow monitoring for the two primary flow routes for both L-28 Interceptor Canal and L-28 is key to developing this framework.
Status: Provisional analysis and computation of 2003 water year flows continues along with acoustic flow rating calibration and auto-sampler servicing by Seminole Tribe water resource staff for both flow-weighted acoustic auto-sampler sites. Pre-publication data sets continue to be transferred to SFWMD support staff for inclusion in the semi-annual Seminole Tribe Working Group Report.
Recent & Planned Products: Publication was recently completed for the document, Water Resource Data, Florida, Vol. 2A which includes annual stage and discharge computation for the 2002 water year. The report, Feasibility of Estimating Constituent Concentrations and Loads Based on Data Recorded by Acoustic Instrumentation (OFR-02-285) was published as an ancillary product utilizing existing data for both stations.
Relevance to Greater Everglades Restoration Information Needs: Flow and total phosphorus budget summaries are critical to the newer non-point EPA guidelines and in turn are integral to many of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) planning objectives that rely heavily on Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) calculations. Analysis of Storm Treatment Area and Best Management Practice outcomes can only be evaluated through baseline data monitoring efforts. These data sets will define parameters for de-compartmentalization and Tribal Reservation flow re-routing initiatives currently under evaluation.
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
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