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July 11, 2014
Final draft District Water Supply Plan available for review; Governing Board public meeting on Aug. 12, 2014
The St. Johns River Water Management District staff have completed the final draft District Water Supply Plan (Plan). The Plan will be considered by the District’s Governing Board at a public meeting on Aug. 12, 2014, in Palatka. Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide input at the Board meeting.
The Plan was developed as part of the District’s work to ensure that adequate and sustainable water supplies are available to meet future needs while protecting the environment. The Plan informs water users about the estimated future increase in water demand through 2035, sustainable withdrawal limits for water resources and related natural systems, and the methods and means to supply water in a sustainable manner.
This Plan is essential to the District’s core mission for water supply — to implement a regional strategy to provide sufficient water for users and the environment.
The District’s total population is expected to increase by almost 1.8 million people from 2010 to 2035, and total water demand is estimated to increase by 314 million gallons per day, assuming no reduction in per capita demand. The water demand estimate is conservative, illustrating the magnitude of demand that would occur without increased water conservation and reuse.
Fresh groundwater alone cannot supply all of the 2035 estimated increase in water demand without unacceptable impacts to water resources and related natural systems. The Plan provides water users with a clear plan to meet water supply needs through the year 2035. Water demand can be significantly reduced by extensive implementation of additional water conservation and reuse. In addition, the plan identifies alternative water supply development project options to supplement the additional water needed.
The first draft of the Plan was made available for review and comment by the public, local governments and other stakeholders in December 2013. Six public meetings and a technical methods workshop were held in January and February 2014. Public comments were accepted at the public meetings and workshop, online and by mail and email. The District has revised the Plan based on the input received.
Additional information about the Plan is available at floridaswater.com/DWSP.
July 8, 2014
District Board votes to reduce tax rate
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on July 8 approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers and funds major District initiatives, including projects to protect the region’s springs and improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Johns River.
The tentative 0.3164 millage rate would result in $81.8 million in revenue that would be part of a total $141.9 million budget for fiscal year 2014–2015, which begins Oct. 1, 2014. The budget also is funded through state, federal and other District sources (including timber sales, cattle leases, interest earnings and permit fees).
The millage rate adopted by the Board is approximately 3.6 percent less than the current year’s tax rate.
Board approves starting first phase of Indian River Lagoon dredging project
Also on July 8, the Governing Board voted to begin the first phase of a massive dredging project that will improve water quality, navigation and the economy in and around the central Indian River Lagoon.
The Board approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive $10 million appropriated by Governor Rick Scott and the 2014 Legislature for the first phase of the Eau Gallie River Muck Dredging Project. The project is part of Governor Scott’s overall efforts to improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon. The project will ultimately involve removing 625,000 cubic yards of muck sediments from the Eau Gallie River, a tributary of the lagoon in Brevard County.