Save Our Lakes Organization, Inc.

Keystone Heights History

Recovering stable lake levels in the Keystone Heights area is not only possible, but very “do-able”. The Save Our Lakes Organization (S.O.L.O.) has been working with the St. Johns River Water Management District senior staff (SJRWMD), elected officials as well as corporations holding Consumptive Use Permits (CUPs). This has not been a quick or easy process.

In late 2010, the SJRWMD launched the “Clay-Putnam MFL Prevention/Recovery Strategies Stakeholders” group (MFL – Minimum Flow and Level). Stakeholders from various areas/entities/businesses, etc. were appointed to this group and given the mission of developing recovery and/or prevention strategies for Lakes Geneva, Brooklyn, Cowpen and Grandin. This “Stakeholders” group completed their mission in May 2013. A Prevention/Recovery Draft as well as three “Minority Reports” were submitted to the SJRWMD staff for their review. As of November 2013, we are still waiting for the SJRWMD’s final “Clay-Putnam MFL Prevention/Recovery” document.


The Minority Reports mentioned above were submitted by the Save Our Lakes Organization (prepared by Dr. Patrick Welsh, S.O.L.O. Board Member), the Utilities Group (prepared by the Jones/Edmunds firm) and Webb Farber (S.O.L.O. Vice President). Webb is a retired P.E. (Professional Engineer). The bulk of the information in these Minority Reports focused on strategies that could be completed and functional within a five year time frame. Some of the strategies could actually be completed in less than a year.

Our FRUSTRATION at this point: Even though no Prevention/Recovery document has been finalized by SJRWMD, they continue their march forward to LOWER the MFLs on Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva. For more information about these Minority Reports and MFLs, check out the links below:


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