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June 24, 2016
District and St. Johns County partnering on project to extend groundwater supplies and protect the St. Johns River
Construction is complete on a project to expand the use of reclaimed water by 1 million gallons per day in St. Johns County, which helps to reduce nutrient loading to the St. Johns River. The cost-share project between the district and St. Johns County also protects and further extends north Florida’s drinking water supply.
Controlled burn this week at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County
The district conducted a 181-acre prescribed burn June 21 at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area, just west of Forest Road 8 and south of the camping area, in Marion County to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.
This week in district social media
- Special thanks to district staffers Missy McDermont, Barbara Johnston and Linda Black, who donated blood this week.
- Staff found bear markings on a tree at the district’s Sunnyhill property during a prescribed fire.
- District staff taught K-5 students about the aquifer at Orange County’s Meadow Woods Park and Recreation Center.
- The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association recognized the district’s Florida Water StarSM Program with its Friend of Industry award.
- For #TrailTuesday, we featured the red blaze trail at the Thomas Creek Conservation Area.
- For #WildlifeWednesday, we featured an American five-lined skink found at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area.
- Instagram posts this week included a helmet skullcap at the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area, a scientist conducting water-quality sampling on the Little Wekiva River, a black-bellied whistling duck at the Lake Apopka North Shore and the Julington-Durbin Preserve.
Water conservation tip
If you change out an old toilet (3.5 gallons per flush) and install a WaterSense 1.28 gpf model, a family can save 11,587 gallons a year. That’s enough to fill 115 bathtubs or a medium sized swimming pool.