notice of draft permit


notice of draft permit

When: Friday, September 11, 2009






The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice that a Draft Permit and associated Administrative Order, AO-051-SD/UIC09, have been prepared for Lee County Utilities Olga WTP ASR, Mr. Douglas Meurer, P.E., Director, 1500 Monroe Street, 3rd Floor, Ft Myers, FL 33901, to continue operational testing of two, (2), Class V, Group 7, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) injection wells (ASR-1 and ASR-5) for the storage and recovery of potable water in the lower Suwannee Formation of the Upper Floridan Aquifer System.  The project is located at the Olga Water Treatment Plant, 1450 Werner Road, Alva, Lee County, Florida 33920, (File Nos. 125120-180-182-UC/5X).


The purpose of the project is to store potable water in the lower Suwannee Formation of the Upper Floridan Aquifer System during wet weather periods to be recovered during dry weather periods in order to meet the seasonal potable water supply demands.  The Aquifer Storage and Recovery, (ASR), system will be operationally tested under authorization of Permit Nos. 125120-180-182-UC/5X and Administrative Order No. AO-051-SD/UIC09 and will require that the USDW be assessed along with the affect of the system operation on the quality of the USDW.  Any corrective action necessary to restore the USDW will be implemented under the authority of the referenced administrative order.


The Department has permitting jurisdiction under Chapter 403 of the Florida Statutes, and Chapters 62‑4, 62‑520, 62-528, and 62-550 of the Florida Administrative Code.  The project is not exempt from permitting procedures.  The Department has determined that a construction permit is required for the proposed work.


Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit and may request a public meeting within 30 days of the public notice.  A request for a public meeting shall be in writing and shall state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the meeting.  If a public meeting is later scheduled, there will be another 30-day notice period for that meeting. Written comments or a public meeting request may be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, P. O. Box 2549, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-2549.  All comments received within the 30-day period will be considered in formulation of the Department's final decision regarding permit issuance. 


The application, draft permit, and fact sheet are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at Department of Environmental Protection, South District, 2295 Victoria Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33902.  Additional information concerning this project may be obtained by contacting David Rhodes P.G. at (239) 332‑6975, Ext. 125.


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