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Public invited to discussion about protecting lakes

RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2006

TAVARES — A public meeting, sponsored by the Upper Ocklawaha Basin Working Group, is scheduled on Thursday, May 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the community room of building 1 at the South Lake Campus of Lake-Sumter Community College, located at 1250 N. Hancock Road, Clermont.

The meeting is organized to discuss a plan to help improve and protect the water quality of Lake Apopka and the Clermont and Harris chain of lakes. The group is a joint effort to improve water quality by local citizens, agencies and organizations. Members of the group include Lake County Commissioner Debbie Stivender, and Fred Schneider, Director of the Engineering Division, and Mary Hamilton, Stormwater Project Manager, for the Lake County Department of Public Works.

The public meeting on the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) will begin at 6:30 p.m. with registration. From 7 to 9 p.m., a series of presentations will occur, such as overviews of the Total Maximum Daily Load program and the BMAP process. A public discussion of the Upper Ocklawaha River BMPA will follow.

For more information, call Terry Pride with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at (850) 245-8545 or e-mail terry.pride@dep.state.fl.us, or call Lance Lumbard with the Lake County Water Authority at (352) 343-3777 or e-mail lancel@lcwa.org.


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