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For immediate release - Oct. 6, 2004

Commissioner Hanson appointed to Wekiva commission

TAVARES — Gov. Jeb Bush announced Sept. 22 the appointment of 18 distinguished Central Florida residents to the Wekiva River Basin Commission, including a two-year term for Lake County Commissioner Catherine Hanson.

“It is an exciting opportunity to oversee the implementation of the legislation set forth by the Wekiva Basin Coordinating Committee,” Hanson said. “It’s a great honor to help in the conservation of this environmentally-sensitive area. I’m looking forward to working on this commission, and I’m very grateful that Gov. Bush appointed me.”

The other Lake County resident to be appointed to the Wekiva River Basin Commission was Mount Dora Mayor James Yatsuk. He will serve a one-year term.

The Commission is tasked with implementing the recommendations of the second Wekiva Basin Coordinating Committee that are outlined in Senate Bill 1214. The bill went into effect July 1 and sets in place significant regulation for the protection of the Wekiva River system and associated springshed area in Lake, Orange and Seminole counties known as the Wekiva Study Area.

The bill authorizes the construction of the Wekiva Parkway to be located in a corridor between State Road 429 and Interstate 4. In addition, the bill directs a number of studies and rulemaking.

For example, Department of Environmental Protection must conduct a series of studies, including water quality and wastewater treatment studies. The Department of Health must study onsite disposal system standards. The St. Johns River Water Management District is directed to adopt several new standards that include, initiating rulemaking to amend its recharge criteria and analyzing the impact of redevelopment projects in the Wekiva River Basin. The bill also directs local governments to adopt new master stormwater management plans, wastewater facility plans and comprehensive plan amendments.

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