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Water supply

North Florida Water Initiative

John Fitzgerald

Regional Water Supply Planning Coordinator
John Fitzgerald

Geoff Sample

Geoff Sample

The St. Johns River Water Management District has been working in partnership with local utilities, local communities, the Suwannee River Water Management District, Florida Department of Environ­mental Protection, the state of Georgia, and other stakeholders in north Florida to implement effective and consistent water resource and water supply planning and development. In fall 2013, the district launched the North Florida Water Initiative (NFWI) to continue this work.

The North Florida Water Initiative includes all or part of nine counties in north Florida that comprise the St. Johns District portion of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership planning area.

North Florida Water Initiative area

The North Florida Water Initiative focuses on Region 1 of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Regional Water Supply Plan and the counties within the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership.

The vision of the NFWI is to ensure sustainable water supplies and protection of groundwater-dependent natural systems in partnership with key stakeholders in the region.

The NFWI will work with partners and stakeholders to identify and further develop project options identified in the regional water supply plan (RWSP) to meet existing and future water demands within the north Florida area while sustaining water resources.

Goals and activities of the NFWI include:

  • Implementing the Interagency Agreement among the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and St. Johns River Water Management District
  • Developing the North Florida-Southeast Georgia (NFSEG) groundwater model
  • Developing a North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan
  • Completing feasibility investigations needed to support development and implementation of water resource development and alternative water supply projects that address potential impacts to minimum flows and levels (MFLs) and ensure sustainable water supplies
  • Developing funding strategies for project implementation
  • Developing MFLs Prevention and Recovery Strategies in partnership with stakeholders

District staff members monitor site conditions and collect data in the field to determine minimum flows and levels, water quality and other factors of water bodies.

Alligator Creek, a Keystone Heights area waterway.

Alligator Creek, a Keystone Heights area waterway.


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