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Jan. 13, 2017
District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle presents the January Employee of the Month award to Lindsey Porter at the district’s Maitland Service Center.
Lindsey Porter is the January Employee of the Month
Congratulations to the January Employee of the Month, Lindsey Porter. Porter is an Engineer II in the Division of Regulatory Services in the district’s Maitland Service Center. Porter’s focus at the district is working through Environmental Resource Permit applications and requests for authorization to use Sovereign Submerged Lands. Porter is known to go above and beyond when working with consultants, taking the time to listen and properly advise to ensure resources are well protected. She’s a team player who regularly helps out co-workers with site inspections to make the most efficient use of her time out of the office. Colleagues say, “She has a positive attitude, a willingness to take on challenges and provides a high level of customer service both externally and internally.” Thank you, Lindsey!
St. Johns, Suwannee River governing boards to consider North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan Jan. 17 in joint meeting
The governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts are meeting Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at City Hall in Alachua, FL to jointly consider the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan. The plan looks at the sustainability of water supplies 20 years into the future and identifies potential future water supply sources.
December rainfall totals below average
Data compiled by the district shows rainfall over most of the district remained below average during the past 12 months. A full report outlining rainfall totals was presented at the district’s January Governing Board meeting.
More than 1,800 jobs coming to Melbourne
High-paying jobs are coming to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, thanks in part to the district’s issuance of an environmental resource permit. District staff approved a permit application that will allow Northrup-Grumman to improve its stormwater system as part of an expansion at Melbourne Airport, bringing to the region 1,800 jobs paying an average of $100,000 a year as the company designs a new long-range strike bomber.
Sleepy Creek permit application withdrawn from Board agenda
Due to a legal challenge, the district Governing Board did not consider Consumptive Use Permit 91926-4 for applicant Sleepy Creek Land, LLC at its Jan. 10 meeting.
Controlled burns conducted this week
The district conducted controlled burns this week at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County and Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County. The prescribed fires were conducted to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems and marsh management.
Tips on environmental resource permit tolling and extensions
When emergencies such as the hurricanes of 2016 occur, there is a process that allows for the tolling and extension of an environmental resource permit (ERP) issued by the district under Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes (F.S.), under certain circumstances, such as a declared state of emergency. District permitting staff are available to assist in determining if an ERP qualifies for tolling or an extension.
This week in district social media
- Thanks to district staffer Deirdre Irwin for submitting photos this week of the Florida Water Star training in Miami.
- This week marked the first ever Florida Water Star Accredited Professional training session in Miami, in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.
- In Fellsmere at Canal 54, the district is replacing old and collapsing culverts and replacing them with shiny new culverts.
- The district is proud to have partnered with Florida Park Service on North Peninsula State Park salt marsh restoration.
- For #WildlifeWednesday, we featured pig frogs (Lithobates grylio), which are commonly seen in water bodies across the district.
- Camellia japonica trees add color to your landscape even in the colder months. Try our #waterwise plant database to learn more.
- For #TrailTuesday, we featured the Deep Creek Conservation Area, where three tracts of land are available for your next hike.
Water conservation tip
Did you know? Each minute the shower runs, as much as 8 gallons of water goes down the drain. Find tips for saving water indoors at www.sjrwmd.com/waterconservation.