Cost-share funding available for water resource protection projects

~Informational workshop is Jan. 16~

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 5, 2018 ― The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through Feb. 15 to share in cost-share funding for water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection construction projects. An informational workshop is being held Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. at district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, or via webinar.

“The district is excited to continue our cost-share funding partnerships that are helping local communities stretch their construction dollars to further protect our water resources,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Cost-share projects help to ensure taxpayers are getting the best return on their tax dollars for water resource protection.”

Projects will focus on benefits to one or more of the district’s four core missions:

  • Water supply (including alternative supplies and conservation)
  • Water quality
  • Enhancing natural systems
  • Providing flood protection

Projects may include, but are not limited to, alternative water supply development, springs protection and restoration, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, and water conservation. Other eligible projects may improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, restore or enhance natural systems, or protect against flooding.

Projects are eligible for a maximum district cost-share up to $1.5 million per project and per applicant. Projects may span a maximum of two years and must start by June 30, 2019. Those that are permitted and ready to begin construction will receive a higher score during the review process.

The district will fund up to 33 percent of the construction costs for projects and up to 50 percent for water conservation projects. Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities may submit a waiver of matching funds letter.

Complete applications should be emailed to funding@sjrwmd.com by 5 p.m. Feb. 15.

Visit the district’s cost-share funding program webpage at www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/ for more information or to access the webinar information.