Water-Related News

Public Can Comment on Plant City Fish Management Plan

Hillsborough County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are holding a public meeting to receive public input about a proposed Fish Management Area for Edward Medard Reservoir. The public meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Turkey Creek Recreation Center, 5936 Connell Road, Plant City.

Fish Management Area (FMA) status is a designation the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assigns to a publicly accessible water body to improve its populations of game fish. One of the benefits of an FMA designation is increased enforcement of fisheries and wildlife conservation measures.

Comment is welcome and the public is encouraged to discuss the proposal with Hillsborough County and FWC Freshwater Fisheries staff.

For more information, the public can contact Jeff Mauch, Hillsborough County Parks Department at (813) 987-6284.

About Edward Medard Park

Edward Medard Park extends along 1,284 acres owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), where a water control structure and reservoir offer flood protection along the Alafia River. In 1972, under an agreement with the District, Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest and most popular regional parks.