To fulfill its core missions, the St. Johns River Water Management District implements a wide variety of projects — many with partners — aimed at protecting water supplies, water quality and natural systems, as well as providing flood protection to tens of thousands of Floridians.
Major projects include:
Cost-share funded projects. Through its Cost-Share Funding program, the district partners with local governments and other entities to share construction costs for projects that assist in creating sustainable water resources, provide flood protection and enhance conservation efforts.
A utilities crew works at a project site in Rockledge where septic tanks were converted to a central sewer system, a district cost-share project.
- The Upper St. Johns River Basin Project, a vast flood control and marsh restoration project at the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River and Brevard counties. Benefits include flood protection to two counties and the restoration of more than 166,000 acres of marshes, providing recreation for people and habitat for fish and wildlife.
The Fellsmere Water Management Area, a component of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project that will add an additional 10,000 acres of restored wetlands to the headwaters of the St. Johns River upon its completion in 2017. Water storage abilities virtually eliminate the need to send harmful freshwater to the Indian River Lagoon during major storm events.
A construction crew works at the site of the Fellsmere Water Management Area where former agricultural property was returned to marsh at the headwaters of the St. Johns River.
- The Eau Gallie River Muck Dredging Project, a multi-entity partnership project to improve the quality of water flowing to the Indian River Lagoon by removing at least 625,000 cubic yards of nutrient-laden muck from the Eau Gallie River, a lagoon tributary. Dredging is set to begin in winter 2016.
- Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-Way, a long-term phosphorus removal project that uses four wetland treatment cells to clean the water in this once-famous bass fishing lake. This is one part of the overall Lake Apopka restoration effort.
Gizzard shad harvesting in high-nutrient laden lakes, which removes the nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) contained in the fish bodies and reduces the internal recycling of these nutrients within the lake. The result: improved water clarity and a reduction in algal bloom severity. Algae depend on phosphorus for growth.
Contractors harvest gizzard shad in central Florida as part of a harvest of the “rough fish,” one of many projects that help to improve water quality in the region’s lakes.
- Emeralda Marsh improvement projects, including removing internal levees and constructing vehicle pullovers for the new wildlife drive that will be east of the existing drive. The second phase of the project will remove portions of the outside levee and construct a boat ramp.
- Agricultural Cost-Share projects in the Tri-County Agricultural Area in Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties. Projects largely focus on implementing improved fertilizer and irrigation practices on farms to reduce fertilizer-laden farm runoff from reaching the river.
- Wheeler Stormwater Park in Brevard County, a cooperative project with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Transportation and Brevard County that improves the quality of water discharged to the North Prong of the St. Sebastian River (an Indian River Lagoon tributary).