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Sept. 30, 2016
SJRWMD budget reduces tax rate, funds water resource protection projects
The district’s Governing Board on Sept. 27 approved its fiscal year 2016–2017 budget of $164.6 million, which will provide funds for cost-share projects and major programs to support the agency’s core missions. The 0.2885 millage rate (rolled-back rate) is approximately 4.6 percent less than the current year’s tax rate. The budget year begins Oct. 1, 2016.
District launches audio guide for Lake Apopka North Shore
The district has launched an audio guide for visitors to its Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The audio guide, which can be streamed through mobile devices by accessing www.sjrwmd.com/LANS, provides visitors with a narrative on the area’s history, wildlife and district-led restoration efforts.
District’s quick action helps bring 1,500 jobs to the Jacksonville area
More than 1,000 jobs are headed to northeast Florida after Amazon announces the opening of its new fulfillment center. The district supported the move by quickly assessing and issuing an environmental resource permits (ERP) for the 105-acre warehouse facility.
This week in district social media
- This week we celebrated #PublicLandsDay! The district owns or manages nearly 700,000 acres of land, acquired for water management, water supply and the conservation and protection of water resources.
- Thanks to district staffer Joanna Beckes for the video of one of our scientists as he records seagrass data on a slate while in the Indian River Lagoon. Staff routinely collect data and measurements on seagrass in many water bodies within the district.
- Thank you to district staffer Mary Brabham for providing photos of the Volusia County’s Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility. The district, DEP and Volusia County have partnered to upgrade the facility to help reduce nutrient levels in Volusia Blue Spring.
- #TrailTuesday invited us to try the Gourd Island Conservation Area, located in St. Johns County just east of the town of Fruit Cove.
- #WildlifeWednesday showcased an incredible photo of a marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris); they are often found on district lands near water and wetlands.
- Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus) attracted lots of buzz for social media. Its beautiful color is a major attraction for pollinators to your landscape.
Water conservation tip
Replacing an old toilet? Look for a WaterSense-labeled model. The average family could save 13,000 gallons per year with new toilets, or nearly $2,400 in water and wastewater bills over the lifetime of the toilets.