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Workshop will focus on updating Hernando floodplain maps


Workshop focuses on flood insurance maps

Hernando County and Southwest Florida Water Management District will host a workshop on Hernando County flood insurance maps, focusing on Hernando County's Powell and Lizzie Hart Sink watersheds, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district's headquarters at 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.

Preliminary models and floodplain information will be presented for review and comment.

The county and Swiftmud are working together to gather input needed to improve identification of flooding risks in the county. Information will be used to update area floodplain information and develop preliminary Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps, or FIRMs. Most FIRMs are 10 to 30 years old and are outdated due to natural and physical changes caused by land use, development and erosion.

After addressing public comments, the floodplain information will be finalized and presented to the district's governing board for permission to develop the preliminary FIRMs for submittal to FEMA.

Hernando County anticipates adopting new FIRMs starting next year, once the FEMA process is complete, which should take nine to 12 months (but can take several years, depending on possible appeals).

For information, call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297 or visit plain.


Learn to balance your hormones naturally

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will present free workshops on "Balancing Hormones Naturally" at two locations:

• From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.

• From 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West.

The speaker is Mary Bristow, acupuncture physician and doctor of Oriental medicine, who will discuss a holistic approach to women's hormone-related health concerns, such as PMS, menopause and infertility.

Space is limited and reservations are needed. To reserve a seat, call (352) 799-1882.


Swiftmud wants input about water levels

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or Swiftmud, is seeking public input about the order in which minimum flows and levels for lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers will be determined for its minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule for 2009.

A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the district's headquarters, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.

A minimum flow or level is the limit at which further water withdrawals will cause significant harm to the water resources and/or environment. The limits are set by the district's governing board for key water bodies in both the northern Tampa Bay and southern water use caution areas.

The revised schedule will be considered for adoption at the governing board's meeting in October at the Sarasota service office.

The draft 2009 list will be made available on the Web site at projects/mfl, possibly following the governing board's meeting Tuesday at district headquarters.

Comments should be e-mailed no later than Oct. 19 to ecological evaluation manager Marty Kelly at marty.kelly@water or by mailing it to him at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34604-6899.

For information, call Barbara Matrone at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4233, or Kelly at ext. 4235.

Workshop will focus on updating Hernando floodplain maps 09/26/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 26, 2008 7:37pm]
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