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May 26, 2017

Message from the Executive Director

A note of thanks to all our veterans and military service personnel

District Governing Board member Douglas Burnett (fourth from left) was recognized in 2016 by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet for his service in the U.S. military.

Two observances in May hold a special place in my heart— Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. As the daughter of a father who served in the U.S. Air Force, I am thankful on a daily basis for those in the service of our country. I find it especially meaningful this time of year with two observances in one month.

As you may know, Armed Forces Day (celebrated May 20) is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who currently serve in the United States’ armed forces. On May 29, we will commemorate Memorial Day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

These men and women and their families make many sacrifices, as I saw growing up in a military household. Several District employees have served on active duty, are in the reserves or have family members who serve. In fact, current governing board member Gen. (Ret.) Douglas Burnett is a military veteran with 47 years of service, including having served as commander of the Florida National Guard.

Thanks to each of you who have or are now serving in our great nation’s armed forces! We appreciate the freedoms you have helped provide for us all.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Open Memorial Day

The district’s popular wildlife drive at Lake Apopka is open Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. While the drive is typically closed Monday through Thursday, the district is opening the lands to offer residents an additional opportunity to enjoy the drive through the holiday weekend.

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Longwood project benefits water supply and water quality

A stormwater holding area in Longwood is undergoing work that will benefit water supply and water quality. The district contributed $134,710 to the project through its cost-share program. The project entails demolition of an outdated wastewater treatment plant, reconstruction of a stormwater pond, and the installation of pumps and piping.

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Florida Water Star awards six participants for water conservation efforts

Florida Water StarSM presented six awards to local organizations and individuals for their work to further water conservation. Developed by the district and launched in 2007, the Florida Water Star program provides water conservation certification for homes, entire communities and commercial developments.

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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 district staffers Deb Stone, Graham Williams and Jeremy Olson for providing photos this week.
  • In May we’ve been celebrating #AmericanWetlandsMonth. Wetlands serve valuable functions that benefit everyone, including rare, threatened, endangered and native species.
  • Tuesday we celebrated #WorldTurtleDay! It’s a big world, especially when you are a tiny loggerhead musk turtle (Sternotherus minor minor). With its body averaging 3-5 inches in length the loggerhead musk turtle's relatively large head and strong jaw allow it to feed on insects and mollusks. The powerful bite is the last line of defense if a predator is not frightened away by the foul-smelling musk it produces when threatened. #musk #turtle
  • District staff visited a cost-share project in Cocoa Beach, Fla. This site will hold stormwater to prevent nutrients from flowing directly into the Indian River Lagoon. #stormwater #retention #IndianRiverLagoon
  • @sjrwmd Land Resources staff enjoy participating in community events, showcasing some of our specialized firefighting equipment, such as at the Community Wildfire Preparedness Day Event at the Little Big Econ State Forest in Geneva. #thankyoufirefighters

Water conservation tip

Know your watering days, up to two days a week. Odd numbered homes on Wednesdays
and Saturdays; even numbered homes
on Thursdays and Sundays.


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