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Oct. 21, 2016

Florida Governor Rick Scott presented medals to first responders in Putnam County on Oct. 20. District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle and Board Member John Browning attended the ceremony.

Message from the Executive Director

Celebrating successes of the past fiscal year

As the District begins its new fiscal year, I’d like to take a few minutes to celebrate the accomplishments of District staff for our recently completed fiscal year (FY) 2015–2016. I am proud of the work our staff does each day and their continuing collaboration with many local governments, state agencies and other stakeholders to protect Florida’s shared water resources.

During the past year, I asked District staff to step up and find new ways to save money and work more efficiently. They hit the target and aren’t finished yet. We continue to evaluate and position staff and financial resources best to accomplish the District’s strategic vision, mission and goals while pushing the organization to adapt and leverage our resources to confront challenges.

For example, cost efficiencies mean the FY 2016–2017 operating budget is 13.4 percent less than last fiscal year. While reducing expenditures, the team also maximized attention to project prioritization, management and control, which has resulted in higher project completion over the last year. The project team completed 90 projects districtwide, including 28 restoration projects on 4,211 acres using Amendment 1 funding. Combined with projects under the District’s cost-share program, those completed projects will have a positive environmental impact. They’re estimated to conserve more than 2.4 million gallons of water per day (mgd), develop more than 56 mgd of water through alternative water supplies, and significantly reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loadings to area waterways.

I add my praise to the list of awards the District and its staff have received in the past year. I continue to be inspired by the teamwork and passion each of you show for our work and look forward to our continued momentum. Well done!

Public workshops Oct. 25 and Nov. 3 on draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan

The St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts are conducting two public workshops to discuss the draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan and to take public comment.

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Additional $1.5 million to benefit Indian River Lagoon

An additional $1.5 million for restoration work is set to benefit the Indian River Lagoon. The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is allocating the funding through its cooperative assistance program for the dredging of muck from the Eau Gallie River. This additional money raises the total FIND contribution to $3.9 million. Other funding partners include DEP, which is providing $20 million approved by the Legislature in 2014 and 2015, and the city of Melbourne, which contributed $50,000 for the initial feasibility study.

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New trails open on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The St. Johns River Water Management District is opening 2.5 miles of new trails on the popular district-owned Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The new segments will help alleviate traffic bottlenecks. In the 17 months the drive has been open, more than 81,000 visitors have experienced a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities along a network of wetlands, levees and canals.

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This week in district social media

If you aren't following the district on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, here are some of the things you may have missed this week....

  • Thanks to Maria Zondervan and Rosi Mulholland for the photos installing artificial cavities for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Birds being relocated to the new homes are tagged with leg bands and released near the newly created tree cavities.
  • #TrailTuesday invites us all out to the Palm Bluff Conservation Area in Volusia County. The property features more than 9 miles of trails and many distinct habitats.
  • Senior trades workers William Moyer and Christopher Alsdorf gave us a look behind the scenes while working to repair a large truck at the district’s Palm Bay Service Center.
  • Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle participated in a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of GRU's Kanapaha Middle School hybrid recharge wetland. The district is a funding partner in the innovative project.
  • Partnering with FWC, the district is working to remove floating tussocks—drifting masses of mud and vegetation—as part of restoration efforts at the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area.
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott presented medals to first responders in Putnam County. District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle and Board Member John Browning attended the ceremony.

Water conservation tip

Dishwasher tip

Fertilize only during the growing season, which can vary depending on where you live in Florida. Allow a month between autumn application and the first freezing temperatures, which will make new growth less vulnerable to frost.


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