Latest Happenings at Friends of Newnan’s Lake Groups

Newnan’s Lake

Good Morning Friends,
We are moving so much faster than we ever expected smile;
Kudos to everyone, give yourselves a big giant hug from Newnan’s.
You guys really know how to get things done.
Now I will get down to business and discuss our next important task;

Next up on the Friends agenda:
Forming a public nonprofit charity
In order for our sponsors to claim their sponsorship; we need nonprofit 501 c 3 status.
I fully believe this will provide the best route for the group, pardon the pun.
So, in addition to the sediment sample for the removal pilot study; we will also elect officers’.
This will be a big hour and we need everyone present for adequate representation.
If you have any questions’ or skills for such a task; please feel free to contact anytime.
[email protected]
352 372 1026

I look forward to seeing you all at the February 7th at 1:00 pm.
And don’t forget the Celebration at Gainesville Paddle Groups Friday the 13th (Feb) Fish Fry and paddle by tiki torch.
Starts at 6:00 pm for din-din, and midnight we will toast Valentines with champagne and strawberries.
For more information click on the above paddle group at meet up, you can get your tickets there or at Kate’s Fish Camp fish fry link
http://www.katesfishcamp.com/index_files/fishfry.htm
Don’t forget your vessel, flashlight and chair for extra fun.
Also camping is free and children are welcome.
~ Extra credit ~ we need you ~ show government your serious ~
MIKE, HAS BEEN ASKED TO SPEAK AT THE ST. JOHN’S WATER MANAGEMENT’S ORANGE CREEK BASIN TMDL WORKING GROUP.
This will be a very long meeting, If you can make it out your presence will be much appreciated; everyone who is attending is getting paid. . . In other words it is their job to go; not many will be there because they care about what is best for the water quality of Newnan’s nor what is best for Alachua county and her citizens. This isn’t even good for Florida. So Please come stand tall for the weak.
Here is the Agenda; Mike speaks at sometime between 11:30 and 1:00.

February 4, 2009
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Business meeting 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Field Trip to Phosphate Hot Spots – 2 p.m.
HERE IS THE AGENDA FOR THE MEETING ON FEBRUARY 4TH AT THE G.R.U. BUILDING

BASIN WORKING GROUP MEETING GOALS:
• Propose project reporting format and reporting time frame
• Propose actions that address Newnan’s Lake TMDL implementation
• Confirm next meeting date
9:30 – 9:45 Introductions, Announcements, and BMAP Business
• BMAP Business – Mary Paulic (Dept. of Environmental Protection)
• Economic Stimulus Funds – Mary Paulic
• Other Announcements?
9:45 – 10:10 Project Updates
• Bacteria Hot Spots Project – Mary Paulic
• Paynes Prairie Restoration Progress – Alice Rankeillor (Gainesville Regional Utilities) and Jeff Martin (Dept. of Environmental Protection, NE District)
10:10 – 11:00 BMAP Reporting Requirements
• Project Reporting and Updating – Mary Paulic
Template example from Upper Ocklawaha
Priority project list (Wish List) status
• Water Quality Monitoring Update and Reporting – Robin Hallbourg (Alachua County Environmental Protection Department)
DECISIONS: Choose a project reporting format and how/when to present a summary of projects; How do we track reductions in TP/TN loading needed for Alachua Sink and the lakes?; What should we do with the priority project list? Review list to determine if projects are still viable? Add new projects?; For water quality monitoring, how often and what should we report?
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 1:15 Newnan’s Lake
• Pollutant Load Reduction Goals for Newnan’s Lake – Dr. Erich Marzolf (St. Johns River Water Management District)
• Spatial Nutrient Loading and Sources of Phosphorus in the Newnan’s Lake Watershed – Dr. Matt Cohen (University of Florida)
• Experimental Shad Harvest in Newnan’s Lake – Dr. Carol Lippincott (St. Johns River Water Management District)
• Forestry and Public Land Management Activities – Jeff Vowell (Division of Forestry)
• Lunch served
• Group Discussion of Solutions to Reduce Nutrient Loading into Newnan’s Lake (open to all)
Suggested Newnan’s Lake Remedies – Mike Carter
Identify watershed problem areas
Additional research needs / issues of concern
Short term / Long term projects
• What Does This Mean for the TMDL and BMAP? – Mary Paulic and Dr. Xueqing Gao (Dept. of Environmental Protection)
DECISIONS: What type of projects can be started that will address Newnan’s Lake TMDL load reductions? When (time wise) does BMAP reflect additional projects and new strategies for Newnan’s Lake? And also for Paynes Prairie?
1:15 – 1:30 Wrap-up & Next Steps
• Next Meeting Date
• Action Items
2:00 p.m. Field trip to Phosphate Hot Spots
This is an opportunity to look at some land use modifications (ditches and wetland draining), particularly in the Little Hatchet Creek watershed, that may be engaging the Hawthorne formation and increasing the release of phosphates. Barbara Hatchitt, SJRWMD stormwater permit reviewer, will be joining us to answer permit related questions.
NOTE: IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE MEETING AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE INPUT ON THE ITEMS ON THE AGENDA, PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR COMMENTS TO [email protected] PHONE AT (850)245-8560

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