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Groups working out details of Lake Lowry weir board

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BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

GREEN COVE SPRINGS —  Clay County Manager Stephanie Kopelousos said that Camp Blanding, the St. Johns Water Management District, the Clay County Utility Authority and the county are working through the details of a project that could stabilize lake levels in Keystone Heights.

The plan, approved by the water management district board in August, is similar to  a Lake Lowry drawdown project undertaken by the  district  in  2013.

In that project, the district  used  pumps to move 200  million  gallons from Lake Lowry into Alligator Creek. The current project would rely on a weir  board  instead  of  a pump  to  regulate  flows  out  of the lake and into the creek.

After the board approved the plan in August, project manager John Fitzgerald said the water management district would have to reach agreements with Camp Blanding and Clay County for the proposal to move forward.

During the Jan. 12 meeting of the Clay County Board of County Commissioners, Kopelousos said    that now, the water management district is answering questions about the proposal raised by Camp Blanding officials, and she has asked the Clay County Utility Authority to manage the weir board once it is constructed.

County Commissioner Gavin Rollins added that on Jan. 6, water management officials met with Camp Blanding leaders to provide additional evidence that the project would not impact Camp Blanding’s training operations.

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