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Public meeting on Lakes Horse, Raleigh and Rogers March 27th

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Water and Hillsborough County will hold a meeting to seek public input on resource recovery options for Lakes Horse, Raleigh, and Rogers.

The concept of the Lakes Horse, Raleigh, and Rogers Restoration Project is to divert a portion of the surface water flow leaving Pretty Lake (Rocky Creek) to three isolated lakes at the Cosme-Odessa Wellfield. Based on citizen concerns, the project is on hold while alternatives are evaluated to achieve the environmental recovery goals for these three lakes.

Historically, water levels in Lakes Horse, Raleigh, and Rogers have been impacted by wellfield pumpage, periods of low rainfall, development, and storm water drainage alterations. The reduction in pumpage from the Consolidated Permit wellfields, including the Cosme-Odessa Wellfield, have contributed to higher water levels in these lakes but it has not been determined if these water levels will meet environmental recovery goals even with the reduced pumpage. Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District jointly developed the Lakes Horse, Raleigh, and Rogers Restoration Project to increase long-term water levels in these three lakes.

Meeting information
When: Wed, March 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Walker Middle School Cafeteria, 8282 North Mobley Road, Odessa, FL 33556