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WRWSA PRESS RELEASE
January 18, 2017
Contact: Diane Salz
850.339.8550


WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
Honors former Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato for Outstanding Service

LECANTO, FL -- Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority’s Board of Directors representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter counties began the new year by electing a slate of new officers: Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, serving as Chairman; Marion County Commissioner Michelle Stone serving as Vice-Chairwoman; and Sumter County Commissioner Steve Printz serving as Treasurer. The Authority officially recognized former Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato for his outstanding service during his tenure from 2005 through 2016. Mr. Damato served as the Authority’s chairman for four terms, during an important period of time when the Authority was working to update the Charles A. Black Wellfield Contract for Water Supply. During his tenure, Commissioner Damato also led the Authority through a variety of critical projects to the benefit of the entire four-county Withlacoochee region, including joint funding of water conservation grants for member governments; implementation of the Phase II of the Regional Outdoor Irrigation Audit pilot program; coordination for the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s 2015 regional water supply plan; advocacy on behalf of the Authority and member governments on such issues as water use permitting, springs protection, the establishment of minimum flows and levels (MFLs); and influencing statewide comprehensive water policy legislation. The next Authority Board of Directors meeting will be on March 15th at 3:30 pm at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida 34461.


WRWSA PRESS RELEASE
January 18, 2017
Contact: Diane Salz
850.339.8550


WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SERVICE
Regional Collaboration for Ensuring Adequate Drinking Water Supplies

LECANTO, FL -- Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority’s Board of Directors representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter counties began the new year by celebrating its 40th anniversary of service to the region, following its regularly scheduled board meeting. Special guests included Representative Stain McClain, Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Member Mark Taylor, retired Authority executive director Jack Sullivan, and a host of local elected officials, water professionals, engineers and staff. An official proclamation of support from Senator Wilton Simpson was presented by newly elected Authority Chairman Nick Nicholson (Hernando County Commissioner), while speakers commended the Authority on its forethought and resilience for working collaboratively over four decades to ensure adequate drinking water supplies for the region while promoting natural resource protection. The next regularly scheduled Authority Board of Directors meeting will be on March 15th at 3:30 pm at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida 34461.


WRWSA PRESS RELEASE
January 20, 2016
Contact: Diane Salz
850.339.8550


WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato to Serve as New Chairman

LECANTO, FL -- Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authoritya’s Board of Directors representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter counties began the new year by electing new officers. Beginning February 17th, Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato will serve as Chairman, Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson will serve as Vice-Chairman, and Marion County Commissioner Earl Arnett will serve as Treasurer for the Authority. This past year, Sumter County Commissioner Al Butler served as Authority Chairman from January 21, 2015 through February 16, 2016, during an important period of time when the Authority has been working to update the Charles A. Black Wellfield Contract for Water Supply. The next Authority Board of Directors meeting will be on February 17th at 3:30 p.m. at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida 34461.


RESOLUTION 15-01
A Resolution by the
Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority (WRWSA)
in Support of the Rainbow River Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plan

WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature created the Surface Water Improvement and Management Act of 1987, as amended for the purpose of protecting and restoring the surface water resources of the State of Florida, and

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WRWSA PRESS RELEASE
November 18, 2015
Contact: Diane Salz
850.339.8550


WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY SUPPORTS RAINBOW RIVER IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Region’s Aesthetic, Ecological, and Economic Health Should Benefit

LECANTO, FL -- Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority’s (WRWSA) Board of Directors representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties expressed support for approval and implementation of the Rainbow River Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plan, by adopting a resolution. The plan was developed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, in cooperation with local, regional, state agencies and various stakeholders. The effort was led by the Springs Coast Steering Committee, with support from Management and Technical committees. The WRWSA participated on the Management Committee. A unique treasure, the Rainbow River is a first-magnitude spring system that contributes to the region’s aesthetic, ecological, and economic health. Issues, strategies, and priorities needed to protect and restore the Rainbow River are identified in the plan. Successful implementation of the plan requires support at all levels of government and private stakeholders. A copy of the resolution may be found at the Authority’s website: www.wrwsa.org. The next Authority Board of Directors meeting will be held on January 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, Florida 34461.

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WRWSA PRESS RELEASE
May 20, 2015
Contact: Diane Salz
850.339.8550


WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY ADOPTS FY 2015-16 BUDGET
Enhanced Efficiencies are an Added Benefit for Member Governments

LECANTO, FL -- The Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority’s Board of Directors representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties adopted its 2015-16 budget, representing reduced costs and enhanced efficiencies for member governments. The Authority’s per capita assessment has remained $0.19 for the past five years, while overall expenditures for the coming year will be 19.9% less. Notably, the Authority’s administrative budget is reduced by 1.9% from the current year owing to a diligent effort to hold the line and reduce, where possible, all administrative expenses. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Authority has successfully reduced its Administrative budget. The water resource development projects budget will be 31.3% less than the current year, reflecting completion of several key projects. Projects included in the coming year’s budget continue the Authority’s highly successful, on-going regional outdoor irrigation program conducted in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Authority member governments.

In addition, the Authority’s Local Government Water Conservation Grants are funded at the current year’s funding level of $130,000, with grant proposals due by the end of June and will be presented to the Board in September. The grant program is intended to fund water conservation-related projects on a matching basis. Applications and instructions are found on the Authority’s website here: Grant Program Information. Water conservation continues to be the most cost-effective way to stretch limited fresh ground water supplies in order to meet the region’s growing demand.

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WRWSA PRESS RELEASE
May 20, 2015
Contact: Diane Salz
850.339.8550


WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY HONORS PAST CHAIR
Hernando County Commissioner Jim Adkins Advanced Conservation Agenda

LECANTO, FL -- Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority representing Citrus, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties honored immediate past chairman, Hernando County Commissioner Jim Adkins for his outstanding achievements during his tenure. Notably, under Mr. Adkin’s leadership, the Authority has significantly reduced water supply demand in the four-county region through water conservation by implementing a most successful outdoor irrigation program in partnership with its member governments and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

Hernando County Commissioner Jim Adkins

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January 28, 2015
WATER AUTHORITY ELECTS 2015 OFFICERS View the document (in .pdf format)
New Leaders Ready to Meet New Challenges

April 16, 2014
WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY ACCEPTING WATER PROJECT GRANT PROPOSALS View the document (in .pdf format)
Proclaiming April as Water Conservation and Springs Protection Month
View Applications and instructions

March 6, 2014
The March 19th meeting of the WRWSA Board of Directors has been CANCELLED.

The WITHLACOOCHEE REGIONAL WATER SUPPLY AUTHORITY announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. In lieu of the Board meeting, a tour of Tampa Bay Water’s seawater desalination facilities has been scheduled for WRWSA Board members starting at 1:30 p.m. on March 19, 2014.

Members of the public interested in attending this tour should notify the WRWSA by email to lstout@wrwsa.org or call 352-527-5795. Attendees will meet at the desalination facilities located at 13041 Wyandotte Rd., Gibsonton, FL 33534.


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February 19, 2014
WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY HONORS PAST---CHAIRMAN DENNIS DAMATO View the document (in .pdf format)
Citrus County Commissioner Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

January 15, 2014
WATER AUTHORITY ELECTS 2014 OFFICERS View the document (in .pdf format)
New Leaders Ready to Meet New Challenges

December 26, 2013
District Asks Homeowners to "Skip A Week" of Irrigation This Winter View the document (in .pdf format)
Overwatering in winter can encourage pests and disease

LECANTO, FL
July 17, 2013

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY AWARDS CONSERVATION GRANTS View the document (in .pdf format)
Local communities divvy up nearly $130,000 for water conservation programs

LECANTO, FL
July 18, 2012

WATER AUTHORITY AWARDS WATER CONSERVATION GRANTS View the document (in .pdf format)
Recipients Contribute to the Conservation and Protection of the Region’s Water Resources


LECANTO, FL
June 20, 2012

WATER AUTHORITY’S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BEGINS JULY 1st, 2012 View the document (in .pdf format)
After Three Decades of Leadership by Former Executive Director Jack Sullivan

LECANTO, FL
April 18, 2012

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY SELECTS THREE FINALISTS View the document (in .pdf format)
Interviews for New Director to be Conducted at May Board Meeting

LECANTO, FL
March 21, 2012

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY BRIEFED ON PHASE III WATER RESTRICTIONS View the document (in .pdf format)
And Legislative Wrap-Up Provided on Key Water Supply & Water Quality Issues

LECANTO, FL
February 15, 2012

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY WELCOMES TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS View the document (in .pdf format)
And Begins Preparing for Selection and Hiring of a New Executive Director

LECANTO, FL
January 18, 2012

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY ELECTS NEW OFFICERS AT NEW HEADQUARTERS View the document (in .pdf format)
Mr. Blake Guillory Discussed Water Management District Changes

BROOKSVILLE, FL
January 19, 2011

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY WELCOMES FIVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS View the document (in .pdf format)
Slate of New Officers Elected and Past Chairman honored

BROOKSVILLE, FL
September 15, 2010

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY PRESENTS AWARD TO SENATOR CHARLIE DEAN View the document (in .pdf format)
Water conservation emphasis is Authority’s primary goal

BROOKSVILLE, FL
July 21, 2010

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY APPROVES GRANTS TO LOCAL APPLICANTS View the document (in .pdf format)
Water conservation emphasis is Authority’s primary goal

OCALA, FL
June 16, 2010

WITHLACOOCHEE WATER AUTHORITY APPROVES 2011 BUDGET View the document (in .pdf format)
No transfer is proposed of groundwater from wells in any member county to any other county in the Authority’s master plan update
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