Lake Trafford Management Team meeting will be held in Immokalee on January 26, 2016

Lake Trafford

Lake Trafford is the largest freshwater lake south of Lake Okeechobee with an area of 1,600 acres. Located near the town of Immokalee, the lake serves as the headwaters of the Corkscrew Swamp-Imperial River, Cocohatchee River, and Camp Keais Strand-Panther Refuge. Lake Trafford has historically been an important boating, fishing, and recreational resource. In an attempt to restore the lake, over six million cubic yards of muck were removed from the lake bottom between 2006 and 2010 by the South Florida Water Management District as part of the Lake Trafford Restoration Project at a cost in excess of $21 million dollars. The goal of lake restoration is to restore native plant and fish communities and improve overall lake health.

Ongoing Efforts

The South Florida Water Management District coordinates regular meetings for the Lake Trafford Management Team. These meetings are held every ten to twelve weeks, and they are attended by representatives from the South Florida Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Collier County as well as members of facility from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The meetings typically involve stakeholder presentations, updates, and discussions regarding vegetation management, fisheries management, water quality, and habitat restoration. All stakeholders are welcome to attend, and the next Lake Trafford Management Team meeting will be held in Immokalee on January 26, 2016. Please contact Joseph Schmidt by telephone at 239-263-7615 or by email at jdschmidt@sfwmd.gov for more information.

In addition to coordinating regular meetings for the Lake Trafford Management Team, the South Florida Management District has also provided funding for two projects related to Lake Trafford. The first project, which was completed in June 2015 by FGCU, involved submerged aquatic vegetation mapping for the purpose of evaluating restoration success of the lake through assessment of submerged aquatic vegetation coverage and providing additional monitoring of hydrilla for FWC. The second project, which is underway and will be completed in April 2016 by UF/IFAS, involves developing an accurate watershed boundary and fully delineated flow network for Lake Trafford, which will be used to increase understanding of nutrient inputs and outputs for the lake and for development of a future watershed management plan. For more information regarding the Lake Trafford submerged aquatic vegetation mapping project, please contact Serge Thomas by telephone at 239-590-7148 or by email at sethomas@fgcu.edu. For more information regarding the Lake Trafford Watershed Delineation project, please contact Sanjay Shukla by telephone at 239-658-3425 or by email at sshukla@ufl.edu.

 

LAKE TRAFFORD MANAGEMENT TEAM

AGENDA

January 26, 2016

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Immokalee Community Redvelopment Agency

750 South 5th Street

Immokalee, Florida 34142

  1. Introductions and Whip Around
  2. Additions to Agenda
  3. Lake Trafford Water Quality Trends Analyses, Comparisons to Lake Apopka, and General Discussion (Curtis D. Pullman, Ph. D.; Aqua Lux Lucis, Inc.)
    1. 30 minutes
  4. Proposal for Demonstration Project to Reduce Muck Thickness and Nutrient Levels in Lake Trafford (Randall W. Parkinson, Ph. D., P.G.; Coastal Zone & Watershed Management)
    1. 30 minutes
  5. Next Team meeting scheduled for April 12, 2016 at Naples Service Center
    1. Future meeting dates
      1. June 21, 2016
      2. September 6, 2016
      3. November 15, 2016

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