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Orange Creek Basin Public Meeting

Everyone who has concerns or interest in Orange Creek Basin (Basin), which includes Orange Lake, Lochloosa Lake, Newnans Lake, and Paynes Prairie is welcome and encouraged to attend a meeting on September 25, 2014 starting at 5 p.m. at Grand Lake RV and Golf Resort, located off Highway 318 just east of I-75 next to the Ocala Jai Alai in Citra.

This meeting will provide a forum for residents, business owners and concerned stakeholders to voice their concerns and play an active role in water quality and natural resource management in the Orange Creek Basin.

The Orange Creek Basin Interagency Working Group, an informal discussion group composed of governmental agencies with regulatory/management authority, has scheduled this meeting to discuss natural resource management and water quality issues in the Orange Creek Basin. Orange Lake, Newnans Lake, Lochloosa Lake, and Paynes Prairie are important fish and wildlife resources. Protecting and restoring water quality and aquatic habitat are important parts of managing these resources.

The meeting will begin with an open house forum at 5 p.m., allowing the public time to become acquainted with agency staff, followed by a presentation on agency roles in the basin at 6 p.m. A meeting agenda is attached. Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who may be interested.

Refreshments will be provided. The meeting location is handicapped accessible.

If you need any additional information, please contact Ryan Hamm at 352-415-6961 or Mary Paulic at 850-245-8560.

Public Meeting
Orange Creek Basin

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Grand Lakes R/V Park
18545 NW 45th Avenue Rd. (next to Ocala Jai Alai)
Citra, FL 32113

Hosted by the Orange Creek Basin Interagency Working Group

Meeting Purpose: To develop a process through which stakeholders are able to participate in water quality and natural resource management within the Orange Creek Basin.
To provide a brief overview of each agency’s role in basin management.
To gather public comments, concerns, and questions about the Orange Creek Basin.
To define public concerns so that this information can be used by each agency to further guide their planning and management efforts.
To establish a central point of public information so that future changes to individual agency planning and management efforts will be easy to track and to provide additional public input.


5:00 pm Doors open

5:00 – 6:00 pm Public open house

6:00 – 6:30 pm Presentation on agency roles

6:30 – 6:45 pm Public questions on agency roles/Instructions on the issue stations

6:45 – 8:30 pm Issue stations

8:30 – 9:30 pm Public questions and comments (general session)

9:30 – 10:00 pm Discussion

10:00 pm Close meeting
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