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Fellsmere Water Management Area

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Fellsmere Water Management Area

Fellsmere Water Management Area

The Fellsmere Water Management Area is a component of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project, and will add an additional 10,000 acres of restored wetlands to the headwaters of the St. Johns River. This land, formerly owned by Sun-Ag Inc., was previously used for pasture, citrus and row crops. Now, the wetlands will become the primary source of irrigation water supply for the remaining agricultural lands owned by Sun-Ag Inc. The project is operational but final construction will be completed in spring 2017.

The benefits

The Fellsmere Water Management Area will:

  • Restore agricultural land to wetlands, reducing the annual amount of phosphorus and chloride flowing to the upper St. Johns River.
  • Result in a mosaic of wetland types that will provide habitat for a large number of species, including migratory waterfowl and listed species.
  • Decrease the frequency of freshwater discharges through the C-54 canal to the lagoon to less than a 1-in-100-year storm event.
  • Conserve groundwater that is currently being withdrawn from the Floridan aquifer.
  • Augment dry season flows to the St. Johns River, enhancing downstream aquatic environments.
  • Increase water storage in the Blue Cypress Lake watershed.

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