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March 17, 2017

Guest message: Emily Wakley, hydrologist

Hydrologist’s career guided by interests in water, the outdoors and the environment

Emily Wakley is a hydrologist who works in the District’s Maitland Service Center.

As the district continues its month-long observance of Women’s History Month by looking at district women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, I’m proud to share how my life-long personal interests in water, the outdoors and the environment led to a rewarding career in STEM.

I was first inspired in a STEM career in a college class during my sophomore year at the University of South Florida. It was there that I earned degrees in environmental science and policy, music studies, and a master’s in public health. My interests brought me to the district in 2010 for a job in the water well construction program after having worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. A typical work day could include groundwater modeling and geographic information system work to occasionally conducting a bit of research to understand different processes and industries, all as part of the review of consumptive use permit applications and compliance.

I’m proud to work in a field that allows me to make a positive contribution that ultimately benefits not only natural resources, but also people. It’s exciting when we find projects that can provide benefits and utilize water that might otherwise be wasted. In Florida, water is often seen as a readily available resource, yet there are many places in the world where water is very scarce.

For young women thinking about a career in STEM, I would say that you should not be afraid to pursue your passion and work through the challenges. You can be great! I turned a love of nature into a career and you can, too.

(This article is part of our March STEM campaign where we are featuring female district scientists. For more articles and related info, check out our webpage at
www.sjrwmd.com/STEM/staff)

Water Shortage Warning Order issued for portions of the district

The district Governing Board on March 14 approved a Water Shortage Warning Order as hydrologic trends reflect below-average rainfall across parts of the district. This comes after several months of proactive messaging by the district to keep the public well-informed about the potential for prolonged drought.

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How are we protecting Florida’s water bodies? District explains.

In the second of a series of informational presentations to the Governing Board and the public, district staff on March 14 worked to demystify one of the most complex tools used by the agency to strike the necessary balance between nature’s needs and people’s needs for water — the Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) program.

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District board finalizes transfer of Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County

The district’s Governing Board voted March 14 to finalize the transfer of the 948-acre Gemini Springs Addition property to Volusia County.

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District proclaims April 2017 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the fourth consecutive year, the district’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. The annual designation helps increase awareness about the importance of Florida’s springs and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate in the protection of springs.

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$25 million in cost-share funding available

The district is accepting applications March 15–April 13 to share in $25 million in cost-share funding for water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection construction projects.

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Board approves ranking of Tri-County ag projects to share in $1.5 million

The district Governing Board on March 14 approved the ranking of projects that will share in $1.5 million in Tri-County Agricultural Area Ag Cost-Share Program funds for water conservation and nutrient reduction by ag operations.

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Two wildfires this week at district properties

District staff worked with partners to extinguish two wildfires on district lands this week. One near Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area and a second fire at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area.

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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....

  • Thanks to the district women who are participating in this month’s Women in STEM project as part of Women’s History Month. This week we featured Lauren Hall, Rama Garapati, Ratna lee, Margaret Guyette and Emily Wakley.
  • Thanks to Amy Copeland for manning a booth at The Great Outdoors to talk to area residents about the importance of prescribed fire in helping to reduce the chance of wildfire.
  • Thanks to our many partners who are already gearing up for Water Conservation Month in April. We’re excited that you’ve joined the district approving proclamations. Thanks to the cities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Jacksonville, Macclenny, Melbourne, Ormond Beach, Rockledge and St. Augustine Beach, the towns of Grant-Valkarie, Hastings, Malabar and Orange Park, and the Space Coast League of Cities and Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board.

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