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Little Manatee River Watershed Master Plan topic of Feb. 10th meeting

The Hillsborough County Public Works Department has scheduled a public information meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to discuss proposed master plan updates and conceptual drainage projects for the Little Manatee River Watershed in southern Hillsborough County. The communities of Ruskin, Sun City Center, and Wimauma are contained within the Little Manatee River Watershed, which encompasses the main river and its tributaries including Carlton Branch, Curiosity Creek, Cypress Creek, Dug Creek, Marsh Branch, Ruskin Inlet, and Wildcat Creek.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather feedback from area residents about proposed updates to the watershed hydrology and hydraulics (H&H) model and conceptual recommended flood control projects. The watershed master plan process began in early 2013 and a final report with recommended flood relief projects is expected to be completed in early 2015.

The public information meeting will have an open house format and attendees will have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed plan with Public Works representatives.

When:Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Where: SouthShore Regional Service Center, 410 30th Street S.E., Ruskin

This work is part of the Countywide Watershed Master Plan Updates. This master plan update provides the County with valuable information on flooding within the watershed, including an updated H&H model that is used by the County, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and local developers as best available information for project analysis and permitting. The project also identifies flood-prone areas and develops conceptual projects and cost estimates that would solve these flooding issues. SWFWMD is cooperatively funding 50 percent of this $800,000 County Capital Improvement Project.

Information presented at this meeting will also be available online at Hillsborough County's website by using the Transportation Projects link.

All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice. For more information, call Steve Valdez, Customer Engagement Division Director, at (813) 272-5275. TTY: (813) 301-7173. Prensa: Para informaciĆ³n, llamar al (813) 272-5314.