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Aug. 26, 2016
Rain sensors signal water savings in Orange County
Building upon a multi-pronged strategy to reduce water use, the district continues its funding partnership with Orange County Utilities for a rain sensor replacement project. Knowing that irrigation systems can consume the majority of residential water use, the project aims to replace 1,100 old, inoperable rain sensors at residences identified as high water users who use a potable irrigation supply.
Work at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area reaches mid-point
The district is on schedule to complete several projects at the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area. The work is part of the district’s land management plan, which outlines long-term restoration and recreation activities for the property.
District, partners celebrate milestone at Upper St. Johns River Basin Project
Four decades after it was first conceived, one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the world is now complete, although operation and maintenance of the award-winning project will continue. The district and its partners celebrated the completion of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project at an event on Aug. 23.
Million-gallon reclaimed water storage tank to conserve groundwater, protect the Matanzas River
Construction is complete on a new 1 million gallon reclaimed water storage tank in St. Augustine Beach that will further extend north Florida’s drinking water supply and protect the Matanzas River. The project is a cost-share partnership between St. Johns County and the district.
Permitting News You Can Use
Regulatory newsletter provides tips on permitting topics
The August edition of the district’s permitting newsletter features articles on determining if a project requires a permit under the Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting program, knowing when a project application should be withdrawn, a reminder about permit expiration dates, and provides steps for submitting EN50 water use data report easily online.
This week in district social media
- Thanks to district staffer Sam Morris for providing a video of an otter playing in a creek at district headquarters.
- The district is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and Operation Outdoor Freedom as they provide wounded veterans with unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation.
- Congratulations to the district’s laboratory team, who recently successfully passed the full assessment for Florida Department of Health certification and a surveillance assessment for ISO accreditation.
- #TrailTuesday called out for exploring the district’s Stokes Landing Conservation Area white trail, a 1.4-mile round trip that takes you past wide views of the Tolomato River and surrounding wetlands.
- This week’s #WildlifeWednesday featured a pair of pied-billed grebes—a small type of waterfowl that can often be seen in district wetland habitats.
- While conducting a site visit in Seminole County, district staff caught a glimpse of a diamond back rattle snake making its way into the sun.
- Thanks to the team from Water for Small Villages for the very informative lunch and learn presentation this week! They are doing great work helping to get drinking water to villages in Nepal.
Water conservation tip
Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.