Bay County Utility Services will begin a winter drawdown of the Deer Point Reservoir on Sunday, Nov. 19, as recommended by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The drawdown is scheduled to last 100 days.
The drawdown is aimed at reducing shoreline vegetation in the reservoir by prolonged exposure to drying conditions and freezing temperatures. This action will potentially decrease nuisance aquatic vegetation, consolidate and release nutrients from the exposed shoreline sediments, improve fishing and boating access and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
The reservoir level will be reduced approximately two feet below normal elevation for the duration of the drawdown. When and if freezing temperatures are predicted during this time, the reservoir will be lowered an additional 6 inches for the duration of the colder weather.
Waterfront property owners who plan to manually remove vegetation from their shoreline should consult with FWC to determine acceptable practices and whether a permit is necessary. Any chemical treatment is prohibited.
Waterfront property owners should plan to make repairs to their docks and bulkheads during the drawdown. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) must approve and permit any major projects. Owners contemplating a major project or repairs should contact FDEP to determine acceptable practices and limitations and whether a permit is necessary.
For more information, please call Bay County Utility Services at 248-5010.