PALATKA, Fla., June 13, 2017 — Forty-three projects will share in approximately $21.3 million from the St. Johns River Water Management District for construction of water supply and water conservation, water quality improvement, flood protection and natural systems restoration projects. The district’s governing board today approved the project ranking for the fiscal year 2017-2018 Districtwide Annual Cost-share Program. More than 55 people representing 22 entities attended the meeting to express appreciation for the partnership opportunity.
“By partnering with local governments and water suppliers, we are stretching taxpayer dollars further for construction projects that will produce real results in water resource protection,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “These cost-share funds will help develop more than 7 million gallons of alternative water supplies, reduce nutrient loading to our waterways and springs, protect thousands of acres from flooding and create additional aquifer recharge opportunities.”
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to partner with the district on construction projects that will benefit both taxpayers and our vital water resources,” said Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach. “The Indian River Lagoon is a diverse estuary, truly one of a kind, and an economic driver in east-central Florida. I commend the district and local governments for continuing its longtime collaboration to restore the lagoon by removing septic tank discharges and reducing nutrient loads.”
“This funding means so much to us in St. Johns County,” said Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, R-St. Augustine. “In addition to the assistance that the district provided to us during Hurricane Matthew last October, this funding to retrofit stormwater outfalls in the Davis Shores area of St. Augustine will make a tremendous difference to property owners who experienced major flooding during the storm. We deeply appreciate this funding and our long partnership with the district.”
“I’m grateful for the leadership and support of the district’s Governing Board as Palatka works to provide superior service to the residents of Palatka,” said Rep. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka. “The upgrades implemented to the city’s wastewater treatment facility as a direct result of this cost-share funding will provide both water quality and quality of life benefits to the residents and natural resources in the area.”
Highlights of the approved project list include:
Fifty-seven applications totaling $31.2 million in requested district funding were ranked and scored based on core mission benefits, cost effectiveness, likelihood of successful and timely completion, and application quality and completeness.
Projects must begin during fiscal year 2018 and be completed within two years.