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    Natural Resources Committee – Water at Maple Leaf

    Water and Water Quality at Maple Leaf Golf and Country Club

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    There is water all around us. There are vast oceans, large lakes, grand rivers, small ponds, and tiny streams. All of these matter to us and to other life on this planet.

    Florida is rich with fresh and marine water. In addition to its abundant surface water resources, Florida also sits atop the most plentiful freshwater aquifers in the United States, which supply water to hundreds of springs and provide the base flow for many of Florida’s rivers and streams. The state’s surface and ground water resources are intimately connected and support our drinking water supplies, agriculture, industry, wildlife habitat, and a thriving recreation-based economy.

    Prior to Maple Leaf development a natural drainage system existed running from the lands generally north of our site, through our property and continuing southwards outside our site eventually entering a community storm water drainage system that discharges into Charlotte Harbor.

    Under conditions of development we are legally obligated to allow the original natural drainage flow that took place outside our property limits, to continue through our property in perpetuity. Water levels in the Park are regulated by Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) and controlled by the weir at golf green number 10. The control gate is inspected and recorded daily by Charlotte County, 365 days of the year. Our Park ponds receive water wholly from storm water runoff. At times of low rain the ponds may be replenished with re-claimed water from Charlotte County Utilities. Many residents ask why our ponds sometime have low water levels. The answer; our Park is required to maintain a reservoir capacity to receive a significant rainfall to avoid or decrease downstream flooding.

    Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality. Currently, the stormwater entering our Park from external sources exhibits many of these traits. Construction of a new storm water handling system on Rampart Avenue in 2014 did not produce any significant reduction in non point source pollution as anticipated.

    Many animal and plant species within our Park depend upon our watershed for their habitat. Clean water means a healthier food chain (from bugs, to fish, to birds, to people). Water aesthetics affect the economic value of the Park and the realty value of Park properties. Numerous studies provide strong correlation between health and wellness for green space configurations of water, recreation and foliated areas. Maple Leaf has all of these great features.

    Significant resources have already been spent on bank restoration and placement of aquatic plants in the littoral zones to prevent erosion and improve water purity. Park staff adheres to Best Management Practices that minimize the amount of fertilizer, pesticide and fungicide applied.

    Continuation of resident support for green policies is necessary if we want to keep our water clean and free of pollutants, your investment protected and our overall health maintained.

    Documents

    Reference Material

    ·    Water Matters http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/yards/
    .    
    Florida Lake Watch http://lakewatch.ifas.ufl.edu/
    .    Charlotte Harbor Atlas   http://chnep.wateratlas.usf.edu/

    Maple Leaf Events

    Our Gallery

    Water at Maple Leaf

     
    5th-T-Box Pond
    5th-T-Box Pond
    8th T-Box
    8th T-Box
    After the Rain
    After the Rain
    Bank Restoration
    Bank Restoration
    Bank Restoration 1
    Bank Restoration 1
    Bank Restoration 2
    Bank Restoration 2
    Bank Restoration After 3 Years
    Bank Restoration After 3 Years
    Bridge at Hole #8
    Bridge at Hole #8
    Channel Inflow-2016
    Channel Inflow-2016
    Dawn 2013
    Dawn 2013
    Evening
    Evening
    Fairway 7 from 10th Hole
    Fairway 7 from 10th Hole
    Fairway 10
    Fairway 10
    Fish Damage
    Fish Damage
    Fish kill 2013
    Fish kill 2013
    Fish kill 2013a
    Fish kill 2013a
    Fish kill 2013b
    Fish kill 2013b
    Flooding 2013
    Flooding 2013
    Flooding2-2013
    Flooding2-2013
    Floooding1-2013
    Floooding1-2013
    Fog at hole18, 2012
    Fog at hole18, 2012
    Green # 8
    Green # 8
    High Water 12th Hole
    High Water 12th Hole
    High Water 17th Fairway
    High Water 17th Fairway
    Hole 7
    Hole 7
    Hole 9
    Hole 9
    Hole 18-2010
    Hole 18-2010
    Inflow 3-2015
    Inflow 3-2015
    Inflow 6-2015
    Inflow 6-2015
    Inflow Oil Sheen-2016
    Inflow Oil Sheen-2016
    Inflow Scum 2016
    Inflow Scum 2016
    Inflow Turbidity 2013
    Inflow Turbidity 2013
    Lake on Hole 7
    Lake on Hole 7
    Morning Haze
    Morning Haze
    North-West Pond
    North-West Pond
    Oil Sheen 2014
    Oil Sheen 2014
    Oil Sheen 2014a
    Oil Sheen 2014a
    Pond near 4th T-Box
    Pond near 4th T-Box
    Pond on 7th Fairway
    Pond on 7th Fairway
    Pond on Hole 12
    Pond on Hole 12
    Pump House Hole 9
    Pump House Hole 9
    Rampart Inflow 2015
    Rampart Inflow 2015
    Rampart Inflow Pond
    Rampart Inflow Pond
    Rampart Inflow-2016
    Rampart Inflow-2016
    Storm Clouds
    Storm Clouds
    Sump out 2014
    Sump out 2014
    Sunset
    Sunset
    View Hole 2
    View Hole 2
    View 7th Fairway
    View 7th Fairway
    Misty bridge-2016
    Misty bridge-2016

     

    Flooding at Maple Leaf, Sept-Oct, 2016

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