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Oct. 21, 2016
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.
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.
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.
This week in district social media
- 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
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.