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Understanding the value of water


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Celebrating our volunteers!

Hundreds share their time and energy on district projects and enrich its core mission in a variety of ways.

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Expanded restoration work

Amendment One funding helps to expand restoration work at several district projects.

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Preventative maintenance

Once a major restoration project is completed, the work continues as the district begins long-term maintenance.

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After the storm

District staff shine through Hurricane Matthew.

Staff assisting to clear storm debris

District staff responded before, during and after Hurricane Matthew to assist local governments, the public and other agencies during the 2016 storms. Above, staff operate pumping equipment in Flagler County to help alleviate flooding.

District employees shine through the worst of the storm

By Ed Garland

During a large disaster — such as a hurricane — so much can go wrong. Warnings can become hopelessly jumbled, stress levels become nearly palpable and communication can become fractured.

Times of crisis can also reveal the resiliency of an entity, in this case, the St. Johns River Water Management District. In October 2016, the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew revealed the efficiency and preparedness of the entire district staff.

“I’m very proud of district staff working in our communities and assisting local governments in their recovery,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Many staff members worked around the clock delivering and operating pumps to alleviate flooding such as in Jacksonville Beach, Vilano Beach and in Flagler County at Bing’s Landing; provided damage assessments and site inspections for local governments; and volunteered time in their neighborhoods and elsewhere. Our Governing Board also approved an Executive Order to help expedite permits needed to quickly get local businesses back in operation.”

The photos on this page capture the district in the many roles staff members played in the wake of the storm.

District pumping equipment is used at Bing’s Landing to remove excess water.

District engineers and others assist Nassau County with door-to-door water well inspections.


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