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June 23, 2017

Message from the Executive Director

Summer is a great time to visit the District’s public lands

There are many ways to enjoy the District’s public lands and the waters that adjoin them.

Each summer, many families have a tradition of packing up the kids and heading off for a summer vacation, often visiting America’s many national or state parks. For those looking for something that is closer to home, let me suggest a visit to one of the District’s public lands.

While these lands do not have amusement park rides or popcorn stands, they do offer beautiful views of many of Florida’s scenic waterways,

rare and endangered plants and abundant wild animals. You can hike, ride bikes, primitive camp, kayak or canoe, hunt for hidden geocaches or simply listen to the birds chirp. There are a host of activities specific to each property, compatible with the water resource protection purpose for which each property was purchased.

While I mention visiting our lands for recreational enjoyment, it’s important that I tell you that these lands were purchased on the public’s behalf to protect water resources, restore natural systems, improve water quality and reduce flooding, among other reasons, as part of our core missions. You might see our staff working on a restoration project while visiting. You can learn more about our public lands in our online recreation guide.

The St. Johns District is not alone in owning and managing Florida’s public lands. The other four water management districts, the state and many counties and cities have similar public lands. I’m grateful to our staff and others who work each day to manage these lands for all of us to enjoy and for the protection the lands offer to the natural beauty of Florida.

So, if an outdoor adventure sounds fun, then grab your drinking water, insect repellent, sunscreen and hiking shoes. Have fun out there and be safe!

Roughly 125,000 cubic yards of muck pumped from Eau Gallie River so far

Only four months after dredging began, approximately 125,000 cubic yards of muck have already been pumped from the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne. The river is a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon.

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Summer StreamLines features water savings, donations and more

The summer/fall edition of the district’s StreamLines magazine provides an overview of the district’s abandoned well plugging program and the millions of gallons of water it has helped save. This edition also features:

  • Successful restoration work at Lake Apopka, including an ongoing gizzard shad harvest.
  • Giving new life to equipment and technology that no longer meets district needs but can continue to serve a useful purpose through the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities program.
  • Inspiring words from district women working in STEM fields, encouraging the next generation to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Read online or request a paper copy delivered to your home or business by writing to contact@sjrwmd.com.

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 Geoff Sample and Maria Zondervan for providing photos and video this week of staff sharing the district’s work and wildlife on district lands.
  • June is #NationalRiversMonth. We continue to celebrate rives in our district, highlighting Thomas Creek, St. Marys River and the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin.
  • A watershed is an area that water flows over before flowing into a body of water. Stormwater retention areas help keep excess nutrients and other pollutants from flowing directly into larger bodies of water. #protect #watershed #stormwater #retention
  • #Coloring is a great activity for #rainy days inside. Find #free coloring sheets at www.sjrwmd.com/education
    /teachers/coloring_pages.html

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