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Swiftmud's work makes it the Withlachoochee River's keeper

Who will be Withlacoochee River's keeper | Dan Dewitt column, Feb. 2

Swiftmud works to care for river

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is responsible for ensuring adequate water supplies for current and future users while managing and protecting the natural systems, like the Withlacoochee River.

The District's Governing Board recently approved the renewal and consolidation of five water use permits in the Hernando County's east service area. The permit includes an increase of 2.8 million gallons of water a day to meet the needs of 18,600 new residents anticipated by the year 2014. The permit requires the county to follow many conservation and environmental monitoring conditions.

The new permitted withdrawals are expected to cause a minimal decrease in groundwater levels near the Withlacoochee River. The data and analysis project no adverse impacts to the river.

The district is in the process of setting minimum flows for the Upper and Middle Withlacoochee River System. A minimum flow is the limit at which further water withdrawals will cause significant harm to the water resources of the area and the related natural environment. The recently approved permit requires the county to comply with any future minimum flows or levels set by the district, which means that the permit would be modified, if necessary, to provide any additional protection identified by newly set minimum flows.

For more information on minimum flows or levels, visit the district's web site at

Henry Robert Lue, P.E.

Brooksville Regulation Director

Southwest Florida Water Management District

'Class' was not part of verdict

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the Morales family for their terrible loss. I hope they are financially compensated in a civil case, although nothing can compensate for a lost loved one. My family's thoughts and prayers are with them.

I would like to address the Times coverage of the case as well as a recent letter writer. It was stated over and over about "class" and "preferential treatment" being involved as the driver's father was a retired trooper.

The article stated the driver had numerous traffic violations including a DUI. Doesn't look like he received any special treatment to me. Secondly, a "class" issue? Last time I checked, a law enforcement officer was barely middle class and most of them work second jobs. I could see a case being a "class" issue if it involved, say, a Ted Kennedy who waited eight hours to report an accident.

Gene Huber, Spring Hill

Pot hole will be costly if not fixed

I hope to resolve or call attention to a problem that exists for some time. It concerns a growing pot hole on a two-way street beside the IHOP restaurant on Commercial Way.

On Feb. 2, I called to report the problem to the Department of Public Works. I received a call back saying they couldn't do anything because it wasn't on a public street.

If anyone knows this area, it is a public street and not a service road as they claim. The hole is growing deeper and wider and creating a public problem.'

I'm trying to save somebody from a lot of grief or heartbreak if someone has an accident, or a big potential lawsuit, not to mention unnecessary repairs to people's vehicles.

Lilly Hogue, Spring Hill

Swiftmud's work makes it the Withlachoochee River's keeper 02/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:55pm]
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