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Organizations Across the Country Seek to Improve Water Infrastructure, Grow Local Economies

EPA

Date: 6/6/2017

Organizations from across the country are seeking to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to invest in their local economies and improve water infrastructure. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received ‘letters of interest’ from prospective

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Water Resources Outlook (March 2017)

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 3/16/2017

Water Resources Outlook (March

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Water Resources Outlook (March 2017)

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 3/6/2017

Water Resources Outlook (March

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Introducing Administrator Pruitt

EPA

Date: 2/22/2017

Last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed and sworn in as the 14th Administrator of EPA. Administrator Pruitt believes promoting and protecting a strong and healthy environment is one of the lifeblood priorities of the government, and EPA is a vital part of that mission. As Administrator, Mr

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Water Resources Outlook (January 2017)

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 1/27/2017

We examine the water resouces outlook for the southeast U.S. as of January 2017

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• Surface Area: 5,757 Acres
• Drainage Area: 101 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 5 Feet
Lake Iamonia is located in northern Leon County, Florida. The origin of its name traces back to the Seminole Indian town of “Hiamonee," located on the banks of the Ochlockonee River. The lake has a long prehistoric past and has been home to the Seminoles and other Native Americans for thousands of years.

Being a prairie lake, Iamonia drains its water, through a natural sinkhole, during dry periods. When empty, plants grow and thrive in the soil on the bottom of the lake. During wet periods, the lake regains its water, but tends to be shallow.

In 1939, a dam was built to stop the lake’s natural cycle of draining into the sinkhole. Its purpose was to keep the lake full all year round. Nevertheless, the dam was declared unsafe in 1980 by the Northwest Florida Water Management District. The dam gates were raised and the lake returned to its natural state. The gates of the dame were eventually removed in 2007.

During the dry periods, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission continues to remove sediment from the bottom of the lake to help support fish spawning and feeding when the lake is full.

Because Lake Iamonia is a shallow lake and is home to many alligators, it's not recommended as a swimming destination. However, there are plenty of other recreational activities to enjoy on the lake. Nature photographers and enthusiasts will find ample wildlife views around the lake. Some wildlife in the are include alligators, beavers, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, marsh rabbits, armadillos, opossums, raccoon, river otters, white-tailed deer and various species of turtles, frogs, snakes and fish. For a closer view, some lake-goers even enjoy kayaking or canoeing the lake for closer views of nature.

Fishing is a favorite pastime on the lake. Due to the lake's ample vegetation, fish species thrive. Depending on how close they're willing to get, anglers can catch a multitude of fish hiding in the undergrowth.
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