South Florida Water Management District Retains Hazen and Sawyer for SERCS Prep

A rule adopted by the District in 2008 requires water utilities in the Central Florida Coordination Area to restrict future ground water withdrawals to year 2013 levels in order to protect the Floridan aquifer from excessive water drawdown. In 2007, Hazen and Sawyer prepared the Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs associated with this proposed rule.

The C-139 Basin, located just southwest of Clewiston, Florida, and Lake Okeechobee, was the focus of a 2010 rule revision that modified the required best management practices to further reduce phosphorus loads to the Everglades. In 2010, Hazen and Sawyer prepared the Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs associated with this proposed rule.

(HOLLYWOOD, FL – February 23, 2011) – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has retained Hazen and Sawyer to prepare Statements of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERCs) associated with proposed rules in accordance with Florida Statutes. The estimates include the number of individuals and entities required to comply, and the costs of compliance, the costs to the agency and government entities, and the economic impacts of the proposed rule.

Hazen and Sawyer has served SFWMD on projects since 1991. For this project, the firm assembled a team of water resource and agricultural economists, water resource engineers, hydrogeologists, and specialists in water use forecasting, water conservation planning and business management. This team has direct experience in conducting water supply and demand management planning and design, estimating the financial and economic impacts of water management policies and regulations, preparing SERCs and providing expert witness testimony. The team has substantial and recent experience in successfully performing complex and controversial financial and economic impact studies related to water use permitting and environmental regulations in Florida.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 7.5 million residents. It is the oldest and largest of the state’s five water management districts. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems and water supply.

Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.

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