Morris Bridge Sink Project

slider_hillsboroughriverThe Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has submitted a water use permit application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to use up to 3.9 mgd of water from Morris Bridge Sink for diversion through the Tampa Bypass Canal to the base of the dam on the Hillsborough River. The DEP has issued its notice of intent to permit the project.  The project also includes design and construction of a permanent pump station at the Morris Bridge Sinkhole.  The City of Tampa and the SWFWMD contend that this water supply is needed to meet the minimum flow requirement on the Lower Hillsborough River.  Opponents of the project contend that adequate water is available from other sources and that withdrawals from Morris Bridge Sink could damage wetlands and other natural resources.

Project Documents

FDEP Notice of Intent to Issue Permit 12/4/15

River Board Letter of Opposition

Friends of the River Letter of Opposition

City of Temple Terrace Letter of Opposition

Environmental Protection Commission Letter of Opposition

Lower Hillsborough River Minimum Flows Recovery Strategy Report, Dr. Flannery, SWFWMD (Retired)

“Hillsborough County threatens legal action against SWFWMD if plan to pump Morris Bridge Sink moves forward,” WMNF, December 17, 2015

“Hillsborough environmental board hopes to slow potentially damaging water permit,” Creative Loafing, December 17, 2015

“Environmentalists oppose pumping plan at Morris Bridge Sink,” Tampa Tribune, December 15, 2015

“Hillsborough EPC director, environmentalists seek delay in sinkhole pumping plan,”Tampa Bay Times, December 15, 2015

Tampa Tribune Editorial, December 8, 2015

Tampa Bay Times Editorial, December 3, 2015

“Tampa Supports Pumping Water From Morris Bridge Sink,” WMNF, January 7, 2016

“Foes drop challenge of plan to pump more water…,” Tampa Tribune, January 11, 2016

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