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May 20, 2016

Message from the Executive Director:

Observance brings attention to promoting water reuse

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle (fifth from left) with Governing Board members John P. Browning Jr., Doug Bournique, Carla Yetter, John Miklos, Chuck Drake and Maryam Ghyabi.

Water conservation is a message you will hear about often from the District, and this past week I hope you have also heard more about how using reclaimed water is a positive component of Florida’s efforts to conserve groundwater and sustain our water resources.

The District’s governing board recently approved a resolution, along with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, recognizing the week of May 15–21 as Florida Water Reuse Week. Florida is the national leader in the use of reclaimed — also known as reuse — water. In our District, there are 157 reuse systems that are reusing more than 178 million gallons of water per day for beneficial purposes like irrigating golf courses, residential lots and other green space, ground water recharge, environmental enhancement and industrial purposes.

I am excited reuse projects are among the projects the District continues to fund through its Cost-Share Funding Program. Through this program, the District provides financial assistance to entities developing alternative water supplies including water reuse. It has also allowed for the funding of studies and pilot programs to promote innovative treatment technologies, creative uses and applications of reclaimed water, and promotes and encourages efficient and effective use of reclaimed water.

Thanks to our many local government partners, utilities and others who are investigating and implementing projects to expand the use of reclaimed water. This is the future of water for our state, and now is the time for us to come together to make the most of this available source of our most precious natural resource.

Know who to contact for flooding, hurricane information

With the start of hurricane season just days away, now is the time to remember Florida is especially vulnerable to flooding, given its location and many waterways. The St. Johns River Water Management District works closely with local governments to develop improved flood management plans through the regulatory process. It also assists communities in developing and implementing mitigation strategies.

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District and partners to formally open Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area May 27

Just in time for the three-day Memorial Day weekend, the St. Johns River Water Management District is formally opening the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 27.

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Repair process ensures flood protection in Upper Ocklawaha River Basin

The St. Johns River Water Management District has begun work to repair gates at the Burrell Spillway in Lake County. The spillway structure provides a controlled release of water from the Burrell Lock and Dam into Haynes Creek.

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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....

  • The district is now on Instagram! Find our username sjrwmd to see our beautiful photos.
  • We have a new Twitter name as well. Join us @SJRWMD.
  • Special thanks to Tyler Marzella for sharing a photo of a pregnant deer at the Bayard Conservation Area.
  • Yellow lantana, roses and plumbago are drought-tolerant and Florida-friendly choices for a beautiful landscape.
  • District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle congratulated staff who recently earned Six Sigma green belts.
  • #TrailTuesday this week featured the red trail at the Lake Monroe Conservation Area.
  • For #WildlifeWednesday we featured a luna moth.
  • Instagram posts this week also included a brown pelican, white star sedge and a pair of raccoons at the Heart Island Conservation Area.

Water conservation tip

Plant during the spring or fall when the watering requirements are lower. Group plants with the same light, soil and moisture needs to ensure efficient hydro zones.

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