Prescribed Burns Scheduled for Cypress Creek Wellfield
LAND O’ LAKES – Tampa Bay Water will be conducting “controlled, prescribed burns” during the fall and winter months (October 2015 through March 2016) on the Cypress Creek Wellfield property. The parcels slated for controlled burns are on conservation areas on the Cypress Creek Wellfield, east of Ehren Cutoff, south of State Road 52 and west of Old Pasco Road.
Controlled burns are part of Tampa Bay Water’s land management program. The controlled burns at the Cypress Creek Wellfield are prescribed to remove nuisance plant species, encourage the growth of native species and decrease wildfire severity by reducing the amount of flammable vegetation on-site.
Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions allow, so burns will be conducted intermittently over the fall and winter months by certified, experienced personnel. Efforts will be made to ensure that smoke will not affect nearby roads. However, vehicle operators and those using the Cypress Creek Wellfield trails should exercise caution in case smoke does lead to reduced visibility on the area’s roadways.
Tampa Bay Water is Florida’s largest wholesale water provider. The agency provides wholesale drinking water to its member governments of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.