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District awards Blue School Grants to 14 schools for water resource education

Fourteen schools in eight counties will receive Blue School Grant funding from the District for hands-on projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics.

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Register now for Oct. 22 virtual Southern Recreational Public Meeting

The District will hold a public teleconference to discuss management of lands within the Upper St. Johns River Basin, as well as projects and recreational management in the basin.

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Public meeting Oct. 27 to discuss model peer review for Redbug Lake

The District will hold a public webinar Oct. 27 to kick off the peer review of the surface water model being used to develop minimum flows and levels for Redbug Lake in Seminole County, within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

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September’s above-average rainfall improves Floridan aquifer conditions

High September rainfall has boosted the District’s cumulative 12-month rainfall totals over its long-term average by 2.65 inches.

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Board adopts 2020 Minimum Flows and Levels priority list and schedule

The District Governing Board Tuesday adopted the 2020 Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) priority list, which lays out the agency’s plan for completing and re-evaluating MFLs through 2024.

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District Governing Board to meet Oct. 13

The District Governing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 13 both electronically and in-person for the benefit of the public wishing to participate.

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District reduces tax rate for eighth year, funds major projects in $242 million budget

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget and reduced its millage rate for an eighth consecutive year, keeping taxes low while providing significant funds for water resource protection and cost-share projects.

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Free webinar series on Florida’s water resources continues

The District’s free Thursday morning webinar series continues with upcoming discussions about waterwise landscaping, agricultural innovation and how aerial imagery can help the District protect water resources.

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District Board adopts five-year strategic plan, votes to fund water quality monitoring and rough fish harvests

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved its 2021–2025 Strategic Plan, a five-year outlook for the agency in its work to protect water supplies, water quality and ecosystems, as well as protecting people, property and infrastructure from flooding.

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August rainfall was plentiful across central and north Florida

August brought above-average rainfall across much of the District and shrank a 12-month rainfall deficit in Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties.

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District unveils new Bayard Conservation Area parking and picnic areas

The eagerly anticipated new trailhead, picnic area and expanded parking area for the Bayard Conservation Area on State Road 16 in Clay County is now open, the District announced today.

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District Governing Board to meet through public teleconference Sept. 8

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting and budget hearing on Sept. 8 via teleconference.

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Public webinar Sept. 24 to discuss MFLs for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva

The district will hold a public webinar on Sept. 24 to discuss draft minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, in Clay and Bradford counties.

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District, FFS partnering on projects to reduce wildfire risk for Wedgefield community

The District and the Florida Forest Service (FFS) are teaming up on a wildfire fuels mitigation project to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires along the boundary between Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park and the Wedgefield community in Orange County.

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District to hold public workshops on draft 2020 MFLs priority list and schedule

The district will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts, on the draft 2020 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.

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Take an online adventure into the world of water — visit the district’s updated educational webpages.

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Minimize your flooding risk by doing these five things

As Florida keeps a close eye on the path of Tropical Storm Laura, here are five tips from the district to prepare for heavy rains from severe storms, including torrential rain from recent summer thunderstorms.

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Cocoa Beach cost-share project is another win for the Indian River Lagoon

The city of Cocoa Beach has completed improvements to its water reclamation facility, thanks in part to the district’s 2019 cost-share program.

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Minimum flows and levels, strategy to protect Lake Butler near completion

The district is nearing completion of the process to set protective minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for Lake Butler, a 296-acre sandhill lake in Volusia County.

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Volusia gets a foot of rain in July while north Florida rain stays below average

Along with the threat of a hurricane at the end of July, some portions of the district received copious rainfall.

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Application deadline to share in agricultural cost-share funds is Sept. 8

The district is accepting applications through Sept. 8 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in participating in the districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduce nutrient runoff.

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Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp to open Aug. 10

Anglers rejoice! The district will open the highly anticipated Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp in Indian River County on Aug 10.

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Deadline approaching for Blue School Grant Program applications

Teachers have until Sept. 4 to apply for 2020-2021 Blue School Grant funds from the district

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Prescribed fire today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 123-acre prescribed burn Tuesday on the Burnt Island portion of the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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District Governing Board to meet through public teleconference Aug. 11

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to limit the size of public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 11 via teleconference.

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Navigation through Burrell, Moss Bluff and Apopka locks suspended Sunday

Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Isaias, navigation through the Burrell Lock, Moss Bluff Lock and Apopka Lock and Dam will be closed at sundown today and navigation suspended through Sunday.

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District monitoring Hurricane Isaias’ path and water levels

As Florida prepares for potential impacts from Hurricane Isaias, the district reminds northeast and east-central Floridians to bookmark its storm webpages.

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Public meeting Aug. 12 to discuss peer reviewer selection for Sylvan Lake MFLs

The district will hold a public teleconference on Aug. 12 to discuss the recommended selection of a peer reviewer for the Sylvan Lake minimum flows and levels (MFLs) report.

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District will close the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Sunday for Hurricane Isaias

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Indian River Lagoon cost-share opportunity open until Aug. 21

Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is getting a boost, thanks to $25 million in funding approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for fiscal year 2020–2021.

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District offers continuing education credits to community association managers

Community association managers (CAM) are invited to earn free continuing education credits through the district’s certified training courses on water quality and water conservation best practices for communities.

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Moss Bluff lock reopens

The Moss Bluff Lock in Marion County has been repaired and is reopened. The district operates and maintains the structure, which serves as a navigational aid and flood control structure on the Ocklawaha River.

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Prescribed fire today at Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area in Clay County

The district is conducting a 100-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area in Clay County.

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Moss Bluff lock closed for mechanical repairs

The Moss Bluff Lock in Marion County is temporarily closed due to a hydraulic/electrical issue. The district operates and maintains the structure, which serves as a navigational aid and flood control structure on the Ocklawaha River.

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Annual report shows 9% decrease in water use over last decade

Annual water use reporting conducted by the district shows that 2019 total water use was 9 percent below the 10-year average.

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Public invited to learn more about innovative algal bloom treatment pilot project for Lake Minneola

The district will host a public webinar on July 29 to provide information about an innovative technology to reduce or eliminate harmful algal blooms in Lake Minneola.

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District recognizes July 2020 as Lakes Appreciation Month

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday joined the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) and groups around the country in recognizing July 2020 as Lakes Appreciation Month.

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District Board votes to reduce tax rate for 8th consecutive year

The district’s Governing Board Tuesday approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for an 8th consecutive year.

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Groundwater levels and spring flows increased in June

Groundwater levels across the district rebounded slightly in June after a late spring downward trend, while rainfall varied with above-average rainfall in the north and western portions and below-average totals in coastal and southern regions.

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Alternative water supply and water conservation cost-share opportunity open until Aug. 7

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have approved $40 million in funding for fiscal year 2020-21 for development of water supply and water resource development projects.

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District Governing Board to meet July 14

The district Governing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on July 14 both electronically and in-person.

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Learn about Florida’s water resources in free webinar series

The district’s free Thursday morning webinar series continues with upcoming discussions about the Water Less outdoor water conservation campaign, setting minimum flows and levels and ensuring resiliency in Florida’s communities.

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District conducting pilot project to remove nuisance vegetation from DeBary Bayou

The district is conducting a pilot project in the DeBary Bayou in Volusia County involving the mechanical removal of nuisance and exotic vegetation.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens to vehicles

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is reopening to vehicular access on Friday, June 12.

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Board approves rulemaking kickoff for Lake Butler minimum flows and levels

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday authorized staff to begin rulemaking to set minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for Lake Butler, in Volusia County.

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Central Florida water conservation projects under consideration for state funding

Two water conservation projects in the district’s portion of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) are under consideration for funding through a CFWI Water Conservation Cost-Share Program.

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Improved rainfall in May was good start to Florida’s rainy season

After a slow start, Florida’s rainy season kicked off in mid to late May, which rounded out the month with above-average rainfall.

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District pilot project working to reduce phosphorus discharges to Doctors Lake watershed

A full-scale demonstration project of the district to remove phosphorus from treated wastewater is now working to reduce the overabundance of nutrients that cause algal blooms in Doctors Lake in Clay County. 

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Watch the weather, wait to water this summer

Summer afternoon showers and tropical rainfall mean that Mother Nature may be able to handle much of your lawn sprinkling over the next few months, saving water and your money.

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District Governing Board to meet through public teleconference in June

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to limit the size of public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on June 9 through teleconference.

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District executive director Dr. Ann Shortelle is featured presenter for free June 4 webinar

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle is the featured speaker on June 4 in the district’s free educational webinar series.

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Water managers prepare for hurricane season, offer tips to homeowners

With the start of hurricane season just days away, the district’s website provides easy access to valuable data and information to assist the public and local governments before, during and after severe storm events.

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District’s Blue School Grant Program accepting applications June 1–Sept. 4

Now entering the fifth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the district anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

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District takes top honors for water conservation campaign

The district’s Office of Communications was recently honored by the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) with a Grand All Image Award for its 2019 “Fall Back” outdoor water conservation campaign.

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Camping to reopen on District lands

The district is reopening campsites on district lands. Effective 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, both first-come/first-serve and reservable campsites are open.

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Storm water, springs and water supply highlighted in upcoming webinars on Florida’s water

The next topics in the district’s free educational webinar series include stormwater systems, Florida springs and the district’s core missions of water supply, water quality protection, natural systems and flood protection.

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Governing Board proclaims May 17–23 as Florida Water Reuse Week

To promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water, the district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a resolution proclaiming May 17–23 as Florida Water Reuse Week.

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Ongoing drought conditions not eased by April showers

Even with above-average rainfall in April, abnormally dry conditions continue throughout much of the district.

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District financial services director recognized for lifetime achievement

Mary-Lou Pickles, financial services director for the St. Johns River Water Management District, has been awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA).

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District Governing Board to meet May 12 through public teleconference

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to limit the size of public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on May 12 through teleconference.

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Tune in to free water conservation webinar on May 7

The second in a series of free educational webinars about Florida’s water and its protection will be held Thursday, May 7, by the district.

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Learn about Florida’s water resources in free webinar series

The district will hold a series of Thursday morning educational webinars, beginning April 30, to explore the agency’s work to manage and protect water resources while engaging everyone to do their part.

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Governing Board meets via public teleconference, approves cost-share project rankings

To protect the health and safety of its staff and the public during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the district’s Governing Board held its regular monthly meeting today via teleconference.

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Looking for at-home educational resources? Visit www.sjrwmd.com

Staying home is staying safe, and many parents of school-aged kids are looking for ways to keep those busy young minds engaged in learning. The district is bolstering its online water education resources to help both teachers and parent-teachers meet that challenge while at home.

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Dry conditions bring reminder to conserve water outdoors

With below-normal rainfall causing increasingly drier conditions, the district wants to remind water users about the importance of outdoor water conservation.

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District Governing Board to meet April 14 through public teleconference

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on April 14 through teleconference.

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St. Johns River Water Management District COVID-19 updates

The district is following continuing guidance from the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and taking proactive measures to protect staff and the public.

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St. Johns River Water Management District taking steps to impede spread of COVID-19

The St. Johns River Water Management District is taking steps to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of its staff and the public. Effective today, all locations will be open only to employees.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive closing today in response to COVID-19

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed as a precaution this evening and will remain closed until further notice in response to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus commonly referred to as COVID-19.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s turkey hunts

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for FWC’s annual youth turkey hunt March 13–14 and women’s hunt on April 4–5 on portions of the district’s Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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District proclaims April 2020 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the seventh consecutive year, the district’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month.

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Rainfall deficits add to ongoing dry conditions

Most of the St. Johns River Water Management District is seeing dry conditions, with 16 of its 18 counties experiencing a 12-month rainfall deficit, including three counties with a 10-inch rainfall deficit.

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“Did you set it and forget it?” is timely reminder to check sprinkler system

With the change of the seasons, the district’s year-long #WaterLess campaign has shifted to focus on springtime watering needs and a timely reminder to give your sprinkler system a checkup.

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Volunteers give new Bayard Conservation Area trailhead a native plant makeover

With land clearing underway for the First Coast Expressway along State Road (SR) 16 in Clay County, the district will be relocating the SR 16 entrance and trailhead at its Bayard Conservation Area.

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Lake Apopka Loop Trail detours in place Feb. 18–20

A portion of the district’s Lake Apopka Loop Trail will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Thursday, Feb. 20. The closure is due to construction of a restoration project and is necessary to ensure public safety as the district anticipates heavy equipment in the area. Visitors during these days should follow detour signs.

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Governing Board moves key Indian River Lagoon water quality project forward

The district’s Governing Board today approved an interlocal agreement with Brevard County for a project that will capture thousands of pounds of nutrients annually before they can reach the Indian River Lagoon and will restore clean water to the St. Johns River.

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Dry January adds to 12-month rainfall deficit

January kicked off the year with below-average rainfall across the entire 18-county St. Johns River Water Management District, adding to a rainfall deficit for the past 12 months.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Feb. 20 in Palm Bay

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Feb. 20 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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District Governing Board to meet Feb. 13

The district Board will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, at district headquarters in Palatka.

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Cocoa Beach muck dredging enters third phase

A $7.3 million partnership project between the city of Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, the district and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will remove 200,000 cubic yards of muck from 12 canals in the Banana River Lagoon — and along with it,189,000 pounds of total nitrogen and 115,800 pounds of total phosphorus.

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District, North Florida Land Trust partner to preserve 578 acres on Black Creek in Clay County

The district and North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) have partnered on the conservation of 578 acres with three miles of riverfront on the north shore of Black Creek.

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Levees near S96C water control structure closed to public during rehabilitation project

The district has closed public access to levees near the water control structure known as S-96C in the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River County.

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Latest water quality project at Lake Apopka North Shore will use new technology

The district today hosted a preview visit to Lake Apopka highlighting a project that will soon use innovative technology to remove phosphorus and continue improving the lake’s water quality. The technology was successfully tested in 2017 on the Lake Apopka North Shore. Following a competitive bid process, this new project is the next step toward securing further water quality benefits for Lake Apopka.

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St. Johns River Water Management District executive director gets first-hand look at Blue School Grant in action

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle today joined student-scientists benefiting from the district’s Blue School Grant Program as they began field research testing water quality along the St. Johns River at Julington-Durbin Preserve.

Pictured: Rep. Travis Cummings, District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle and Sen. Rob Bradley at the August 2018 legislative funding announcement event.

District and CCUA partnering on septic-to-sewer conversions to benefit Doctors Lake

The district Governing Board today approved an agreement with Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) to convert up to 79 septic tanks to central sewer on properties adjacent to Doctors Lake.

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December rainfall was above average

December brought above-average rain across most of the 18 counties of the district, increasing lake levels in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin and groundwater levels in the Floridan aquifer.

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District closes Harris Bayou Spillway

The district has closed the Harris Bayou Spillway, and flow at the Burrell and Moss Bluff dams has been reduced to base flow and should not adversely affect downstream areas.

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Headwaters Lake boat ramp construction begins

Construction has begun on the highly anticipated boat ramp and recreation facility at Headwaters Lake, located at the north end of the district’s Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) in Indian River County.

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District Governing Board to meet Jan. 13

The district Board will hold its first regular monthly meeting of 2020 on Monday, Jan. 13, at district headquarters in Palatka.

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Public teleconferences Jan. 21 to discuss model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The district will hold two public teleconferences Jan. 21 to discuss peer review findings for surface water models for Lake Apshawa in Lake County and Sylvan Lake in Seminole County, both located within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

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District opens Harris Bayou Spillway and Upper Ocklawaha control structures

Recent heavy rainfall combined with seasonal high lake levels in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin (UORB) has prompted the district to temporarily open the Harris Bayou Spillway and to maximize flows through three of the five water control structures on the chain of lakes.

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District, Putnam County complete wastewater treatment plant rebuild to protect Dunns Creek water quality

The District and Putnam County have completed a $2.5 million cost-share project to replace the Paradise Point wastewater treatment plant, reducing nutrient loading to Dunns Creek and protecting water quality in the St. Johns River system.

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Two REDI community projects to share $1 million for water quality improvements

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on Tuesday approved two projects in Flagler County to share $1 million in district cost-share funds for economically disadvantaged communities or innovative technologies.

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Land purchase expands Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to buy one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in the area between State Road 46 and the district’s existing Buck Lake boundary.

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Monthly rainfall update shows typically dry November

Although November rainfall was average or below-average across much of the St. Johns River Water Management District, groundwater in the Floridan aquifer system remained in the normal to high range for much of the 18-county region.

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Do your part to help save a billion gallons of water this winter

The district is asking homeowners across its 18-county region help save a billion gallons of water this winter by joining in the annual statewide “Skip a Week” campaign. During the cooler months of December, January and February, lawns and landscapes typically need less water.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts Dec. 6–8 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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For 15th year, District receives highest award for financial excellence and transparency

For the 15th consecutive year, the St. Johns River Water Management District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its fiscal year 2017-2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

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Public meetings Dec. 3 to discuss model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold two public meetings on Dec. 3 to discuss initial peer review comments on the surface water models for Lake Apshawa in Lake County and Sylvan Lake in Seminole County, both located within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

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Two agricultural projects to share nearly $473,000 to reduce nutrient loading, water use

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved moving forward with contracts for two agricultural projects that will reduce water use by 1.41 million gallons per day and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus.

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Groundwater levels in good shape from wet October

After a dry September, October brought rain across most of the 18 counties of the district, keeping groundwater levels in the Floridan aquifer high.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts Nov. 8–10 and Dec. 6–8 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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Veterans to visit Sunnyhill Restoration Area for Operation Outdoor Freedom deer hunt

The district’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area will host wounded veterans in an Operation Outdoor Freedom guided deer hunt Nov. 5–7. A portion of the property, located in Marion County, will close for the event.

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Do your part: Reset your sprinkler system timer Saturday to fall back to once-a-week watering

Starting Sunday, Nov. 3, homeowners and businesses will fall back to once-a-week landscape irrigation across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Nov. 3 is the day that Eastern Standard Time begins.

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Public and project partners celebrate completion of Osprey Acres Stormwater Park

Today, the district helped celebrate the completion of Osprey Acres Stormwater Park, Indian River County’s newest recreational and environmental oasis engineered to capture nutrients before they reach the Indian River Lagoon.

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Water Less is year-long water conservation campaign theme

The district has launched a year-long “Water Less” campaign to help raise awareness about water conservation and communicate easy ways to integrate outdoor water conservation into Floridians’ daily lives.

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Central recreation public meeting scheduled for Oct. 15

The district is hosting a public meeting to discuss updates to land management and recreation across Lake, Orange and Seminole counties as well as portions of Marion, Volusia and Brevard counties.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Oct. 17 in Viera

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Oct. 17 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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Infrastructure project helps protect water quality in Lake Apopka

The district’s Governing Board awarded a contract Tuesday for construction services for a water quality project at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore.

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Board approves ranking of agricultural projects to share in $1.56 million for water conservation, nutrient reduction

Thirteen agricultural projects will share in $1.56 million from the district to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways.

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Dry September creating drought conditions in north Florida

Typically one of Florida’s wettest months of the year, this September was drier on average, according to data collected by the district, and drought conditions are developing in north Florida, with Baker County experiencing severe drought.

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Navigational locks on Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes open for midday passage

Boaters in central Florida will be in for a pleasant surprise this week if they visit the navigational locks on the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes.

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Public meetings Oct. 22 kick off model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The district will hold two public meetings on Oct. 22 to kick off the peer review process of surface water models.

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District awards Blue School Grants to 14 schools for water resource education

Fourteen schools are receiving grant funding from the district’s Blue School Grant Program for projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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District reduces tax rate for seventh year, funds major projects in $158 million budget

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, which reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a seventh consecutive year. The $158 million budget continues to provide significant funds for water resource protection and cost-share projects to ensure sustainable water resources, increase water conservation and protect water quality in springs and other priority water bodies.

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Partners break ground on pilot project to reduce phosphorus discharges to Doctors Lake watershed

Clay County Utility Authority and the district joined Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Travis Cummings on Tuesday in a ground-breaking ceremony for an innovative pilot project to remove phosphorus from treated wastewater.

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August rainfall above average while annual long-term total is slightly below

Data collected by the district shows August 2019 rainfall was above average districtwide. Additionally, in a flipflop of recent months, Indian River County, which has been below average for many months, had the highest countywide rainfall total, with 10.2 inches.

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District Board votes to purchase acreage for Volusia Blue wetland recharge project

The bistrict’s Governing Board Tuesday approved purchasing a 60-acre borrow pit near Volusia Blue Spring for a strategic partnership project that will allow wetland treatment

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Cost-share project applications accepted through Oct. 19

The district is accepting applications through Oct. 19 for Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and innovative projects to share in cost-share funding that supports the agency’s water resource protection mission.

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District lands reopen following post-storm inspections

The district has reopened all of its conservation lands to public recreation following Hurricane Dorian, except for the island portion of Murphy Creek Conservation Area.

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District’s Blue School Grant Program application period is extended to Sept. 11

The district has extended the application period for Blue School Grant project proposals to Sept. 11 due to school closures caused by Hurricane Dorian.

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After Hurricane Dorian, district lands begin reopening to the public

The district is working to reopen conservation lands to public recreation following Hurricane Dorian. Openings occur after district staff complete a safety assessment of recreational access points, levees, trails and boat ramps.

People walking toward Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens Sept. 6

The district is reopening the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for regular operating hours Sept. 6.

District staff trimming a fallen pine tree with a chainsaw

District operational update, Sept. 4, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations.

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District will hold Sept. 5 and Sept. 11 public workshops on draft 2019 MFLs priority list and schedule

With Hurricane Dorian pushing past Florida’s east coast, two public workshops will move forward as scheduled.

District staff working on pumping equipment

District operational update, Sept. 3, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations

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District operational update, Sept. 2, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations.

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District operational update, Sept. 1, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations

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District operational update, Aug. 31, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations.

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District focus on flood protection heightens as Dorian approaches

When hurricanes and other storms bring high volumes of rain in short periods of time, flooding can result. The district’s water control structures in the Upper St. Johns River Basin (USJRB) and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin (UORB) are important federal flood protection projects.

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District will close its public lands Saturday in preparation for Hurricane Dorian

The district will close all its public lands districtwide at noon on Saturday, Aug. 31, in advance of Hurricane Dorian to ensure public and land management staff safety.

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District website provides flooding information, links to prepare for Dorian

As Florida’s east coast prepares for potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian, the district reminds northeast and east-central Floridians to bookmark its storm webpages for easy access to flooding information

An aerial image shows recent water levels at the Lake Apopka North Shore

District will close the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Aug. 30–Sept. 2

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed from Aug. 30–Sept. 2. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

Water going down a storm drain

District urges preparedness as forecast puts Florida in Dorian’s path

As Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Florida early next week, likely as a hurricane, the district reminds property owners to be prepared for the storm’s heavy rains by cleaning debris from storm drains and reporting clogged ditches to local governments in advance of the storm.

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District to hold public workshops on draft 2019 MFLs priority list and schedule

The district will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts, on the draft 2019 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.

Two people in a boat with gizzard shad in a box

Gizzard shad harvest reduces nutrient pollution in Lake George

The district’s Lake George gizzard shad harvest removed approximately 5,176 lbs. of phosphorus and 13,192 lbs. of nitrogen from the largest lake in the St. Johns River system, located in Marion, Lake, Volusia and Putnam counties.

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District receives statewide award for public outreach

The district’s Office of Communications was recently honored by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) with a Golden Image Award for its Blue Schools Grant Program video.

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District receives award for technology innovation

A mobile application developed by the district’s Office of Information Technology recently earned recognition for its innovative use of technology.

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Above-average July rainfall in most areas, but drier along the coast

Data collected by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows July 2019 rainfall was above average in most areas of north and central Florida, but some coastal areas, particularly in the southern portion of the district, were drier.

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Public teleconference Aug. 15 to discuss model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The district will host a teleconference to discuss the selection of surface water model peer reviewers in support of the MFLs determination for Lake Apshawa South and Sylvan Lake.

View of Crane Creek from under the shadow of a tree

District plans community meeting Crane Creek/M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project

The district will hold a community meeting to exchange information with people interested in the Crane Creek/M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project Restoration Project

Young school children on an ecological retreat.

Sept. 6 is deadline for District’s Blue School Grant Program applications

Teachers have just one more month, until Sept. 6, to apply for a Blue School Grant for education projects to enhance student knowledge about Florida’s water resources.

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Video: Planting leafy ‘burritos’ in Lake Apopka to help protect water quality

Work is underway to plant about 5,000 leafy “burritos” in Lake Apopka to help protect water quality. The district is partnering with the University of Florida on the project to determine the best planting techniques and strategies.

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Prescribed fire today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 107-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the north end of Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County, along Fish Camp Road.

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This isn’t your dad’s stormwater treatment system

The district and the city of Titusville are partnering on a state-of-the-art stormwater “baffle box” that will capture hundreds of pounds of nutrients annually before they can reach the Indian River Lagoon.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting July 24

PALM BAY, Fla., July 17, 2019 — A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed July 24 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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Multi-use recreational trail agreement receives board approval

The district’s Governing Board approved a pair of agreements for construction of a 2.78-mile paved, multi-use trail in Orange and Lake counties.

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District recognizes July 2019 as Lakes Appreciation Month

With nearly 1,500 lakes within its boundaries, the district’s Governing Board on Tuesday recognized July 2019 as Lakes Appreciation Month.

Map of June 2019 rainfall

Data show relationship between rainfall and groundwater levels

Data collected in June by the district show groundwater conditions somewhat mirror the varied rainfall patterns measured across the district during the previous three months.

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District Board votes to reduce tax rate for seventh consecutive year

The district’s Governing Board Tuesday approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a seventh consecutive year.

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Grant awarded for boat ramp at Fellsmere Water Management Area

Anglers rejoice! The process to build the Headwaters Lake boat ramp at the Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) took another step forward after the district’s Governing Board

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Projects bring reclaimed water to 349 homes in Ocoee and Winter Garden

Two cities recently completed projects that will bring reclaimed water service to 349 existing households in central Florida.

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Cost-share funds available to farmers for water-saving technologies

The district is accepting applications through Aug. 16 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways.

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Annual report shows 11% decrease in water use over last decade

Annual water use reporting conducted by the district shows that 2018 total water use was 7 percent lower than 2017 and 11 percent below the 10-year average

Map of monthly rainfall in April 2019

May brought below-average rainfall districtwide

Below-average rainfall persisted throughout the district throughout May, with the greatest deficit in the northern counties.

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District Governing Board to meet June 11

The district Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on June 11 at district headquarters in Palatka. The full board meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Governing Board Room.

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District’s Blue School Grant Program accepting applications now through Sept. 6

Now entering the fourth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the district anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

John Richmond using his cell phone to test a water control structure

District upgrades technology in advance of hurricane season

With the arrival of hurricane season on June 1, the district is more than ready for the worst Mother Nature may dish up this storm season.

Aerial view of Lake Apopka and the marsh flow-way

Lake Apopka water quality project will use a 2,000-foot-wide, lake-bottom sump

The district has recently completed dredging to create a 2,000-foot-wide sump, or depression, on the bottom of Lake Apopka.

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Northern Recreational Public Meeting May 23 in Palatka

PALATKA, Fla., May 22, 2019 ― Updates on land management and recreation activities will be discussed May 23 during the district’s Northern Recreational Public Meeting.

Fishermen catching gizzard shad

Board approves gizzard shad harvest for Lake George

The district Governing Board today approved $450,000 in funding for gizzard shad harvesting from Lake George, part of the St. Johns River system in Putnam and Volusia counties.

Map of monthly rainfall in April 2019

Rainfall trends remain steady with some regional variation

While central and northern regions of the district received typical rainfall for April, below-average rainfall persisted in the southern third of the district.

Dr. Ann Shortelle speaking at the Eau Gallie River dredging event

District, partners celebrate a cleaner Eau Gallie River

The district, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), state and local elected officials, and Indian River Lagoon protection advocates gathered today to celebrate the completion of a two-year-long muck dredging project in the Eau Gallie River aimed at improving water quality.

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District Governing Board to meet May 14 in Cape Canaveral

The district Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on May 14 off-site at the Canaveral Port Authority headquarters in Cape Canaveral. While governing board meetings are routinely held at district headquarters in Palatka, the board holds periodic off-site meetings to be more accessible to the public and enhance transparency in district business.

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District, partners celebrate the removal of mountains of muck

The district, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state and local elected officials and Indian River Lagoon protection advocates will celebrate the completion of muck dredging from the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne.

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District recognizes May 19-25 as Florida Water Reuse Week

To help promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water, the district’s Governing Board has approved a resolution proclaiming May 19-25 as Florida Water Reuse Week.

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Vendors invited to learn how to do business with the District

Vendors small and large are invited to an outreach event on May 9 to learn how to do business with the district.

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District work protects and preserves 450,000 acres of wetlands

The district has published its Annual Wetland Activities Report, showing that 449,135 acres of wetlands have been created, protected, enhanced or restored by the district since 1989. This is equivalent to more than 700 square miles of wetlands.

Area of the north shore of Lake Apopka and marsh flow-way

Limited navigational access at the Apopka-Beauclair Canal April 11–23

Navigational access near the mouth of the Apopka-Beauclair Canal may be limited as the district enters the final stages of a sump dredge project designed to help improve water quality in Lake Apopka. Additional dredging will also improve navigational access in the area.

Color coded map showing rainfall amount in March 2019

After prolonged wet weather, March brings drier days

Data collected by the district shows that March rainfall was below average districtwide, with a zone of very low rainfall in Lake, Marion and portions of Volusia County. A full report outlining changing hydrological conditions was presented at today’s Governing Board meeting.

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Eight agricultural projects to share nearly $1.3 million to reduce water use, nutrient loading

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved moving forward with contracts for eight diverse agricultural projects, totaling nearly $1.3 million in cost-share funds, that will reduce water use by 1.53 million gallons per day and reduce nutrient loading in the Tri County Agricultural Area (TCAA) of Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties.

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Board approves 21 water resource protection projects to share $16.1 million

Twenty-one projects in 10 counties will share in nearly $16.2 million for construction of water supply and water conservation, water quality improvement and flood protection projects. The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved the project ranking for the fiscal year 2019–2020 Annual Districtwide Cost-share Program.

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District, Volusia County complete partnership project to reduce nutrients, flooding to Halifax River

The district and Volusia County have completed construction of a stormwater treatment facility that will improve water quality in the Halifax River and reduce flooding to a 129-acre area.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve closed April 5-7 for women’s turkey hunt

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its women’s turkey hunt April 5-7 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

Dump trucks driving on a levee along Lake Apopka

Update: Levee improvement project underway at Lake Apopka North Shore

Work is underway to reconstruct about 4.4 miles of levee at the Lake Apopka North Shore. This levee not only serves as a separator between Lake Apopka and the North Shore but is also part of the district’s recreational Lake Apopka Loop Trail.

Water flowing from black pipes into the Sawgrass Lakes WMA

Pump station project keeping nutrients out of Indian River Lagoon

Five years after construction, the district’s Sawgrass Lake Water Management Area (SLWMA) – part of Phase 1 of the C-1 Flow Restoration Project (C-1 Project) – continues to provide outstanding benefit to both the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River by restoring previously diverted stormwater flows back to their natural basin.

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District lands offer free, nature-based spring break adventures

If you’re looking for a quick get-a-way for spring break but don’t want to break the bank, then lands owned by the district offer the perfect one-tank stay-cation.

Map of monthly rainfall for February 2019

February brings below-average rainfall along with a reminder to conserve water

Data collected by the district shows rainfall during February was below average in all areas except Brevard County and parts of Osceola County. A full report outlining changing hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s March Governing Board meeting, in addition to a proclamation designating April as Water Conservation Month.

2019 Springs Protection Awareness Month proclamtion signing

District proclaims April 2019 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the sixth consecutive year, the district’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. The annual designation helps increase awareness about the importance of Florida’s springs and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate in the protection of springs.

Aerial photo of the Eau Gallie River flowing into the Indian River Lagoon

Eau Gallie River muck dredging in final stage

With more than 600,000 cubic yards of muck already removed from the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne, the district is scheduled to embark on the final leg of dredging on March 11.

Prescribed fire buring in an open grassy area

Public-private partnership bringing new birding park to Lake Apopka North Shore

A partnership between the district, city of Apopka and Orange Audubon Society is bringing a new community birding park to the Lake Apopka North Shore.

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Levee improvement project at Lake Apopka North Shore begins March 4

Portions of recreational trails at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore will close as work to reconstruct about 4.4 miles of levee begins March 4. This levee not only serves as a separator between Lake Apopka and the North Shore but is also part of the district’s recreational Lake Apopka Loop Trail.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Feb. 21 in Palm Bay

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Feb. 21 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

Open water along the wildlife drive at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area

Seasonal wildlife drive at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area reopens Feb. 15

The seasonal wildlife drive at the district’s Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area will reopen this week.

Lake Apopka North Shore trail next to Lake Apopka

Levee improvement project planned for Lake Apopka North Shore

The district’s Governing Board has approved a contract for work to reconstruct about 4.7 miles of levee on the east side of the Lake Apopka North Shore, between Magnolia Park and Laughlin Road.

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Board approves $1.2 million in agricultural project funding

Thirteen agricultural projects will share in $1.2 million from the District to improve water conservation and reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into area waterways. The district’s Governing Board approved the project ranking at Tuesday’s meeting.

Map of monthly rainfall for January 2019

Above-average January rainfall recorded districtwide

Rainfall during January 2019 was above average across the 18 counties of the district. A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s February Governing Board meeting, held offsite today at the University of Central Florida.

A dry wetland at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

District partners with FWC to expand recreational opportunities at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

The district and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are partnering to open Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area in Marion County as a Public Small-Game Hunting Area this year, with the intent to convert it to a Wildlife Management Area in the future. More than 65 percent of the district’s conservation lands are open to hunting.

Excavator at dragline ditch restoration project

District to display “marsh buggy” to be used for Flagler County wetland restoration project

The district will offer stakeholders and residents an opportunity to see the “marsh buggy” excavating equipment up close at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area in Flagler Beach on Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. This excavator is specialized equipment that will be used to return dragline ditch spoil mounds to wetland elevation in the Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project.

Map of monthly rainfall for December 2018

December rainfall was a mixed bag: wet in north Florida, drier in southern areas

Data collected by the district shows rainfall during December 2018 as a mixed bag depending on whether you live in north or central Florida or in the district’s southernmost counties. Rainfall was above average in most areas, except for a zone of below-average rainfall in the district’s southernmost counties.

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Remember to “Skip a Week” this winter and help Florida save a billion gallons of water

The district is reminding homeowners across its 18-county region about the “Skip a Week” campaign to save water. During the cooler months of December, January and February, weekly irrigation isn’t always needed.

Construction of a cost-share project in Merrit Island

Cost-share project to benefit Banana River Lagoon water quality

A three-phase septic-to-sewer and stormwater treatment project in Merritt Island will benefit water quality in the Indian River Lagoon —— including Banana River Lagoon —thanks in large part to a cost-share grant from the district.

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District Governing Board to meet Tuesday, Jan. 15

The district will hold its regular monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at its Palatka headquarters.

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Veteran group visits Crescent Lake Conservation Area for deer hunt

The district’s Crescent Lake Conservation Area will host veteran’s group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided deer hunt Jan. 7-11. The property will remain open to recreation during this time; signage about the hunt will be placed at property entry points.

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Cost-share funding available for water resource protection projects

The 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.

Crane Creek with a river walk

District, partners celebrate cleaner Crane Creek and Indian River Lagoon

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Friday presented a $2.45 million check to the St. Johns River Water Management District toward a project to clean up Melbourne’s Crane Creek, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon.

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Board approves ranking of REDI community projects to share $2.83 million

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved the ranking of projects to share in up to $2.83 million in cost-share funds to benefit water resources in Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and for projects that use innovative technology to provide data supporting future permitting and full-scale implementation of alternative water supplies.

Map of the Dog Branch Regional Stormwater Treatment Facility

District land transfer helps Putnam County meet required nutrient reductions to the St. Johns River

The district’s Governing Board voted Tuesday to transfer its Edgefield property, including the Dog Branch Regional Stormwater Treatment Facility, to Putnam County. The transfer will help Putnam County meet its obligation under state water quality rules to reduce nutrients entering the St. Johns River.

Map of monthly rainfall for November 2018

Despite November’s above-average rainfall, drought conditions develop in some counties

Data collected by the district shows rainfall during November was above average in most areas, except for a zone of below-average rainfall in the district’s southernmost counties. A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s December Governing Board meeting.

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Help save a billion gallons of water this winter

The district is asking homeowners across its 18-county region to join the statewide “Skip a Week” campaign to save water during the cooler months of December, January and February when weekly irrigation isn’t always needed.

Trail through hardwood forest at Newnans Conservation Area

Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve closed Dec. 1–2 for youth hunt

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its youth deer hunt Dec. 1–2 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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Refurbishment project temporarily impedes access on southern section of Three Forks trail

A small section of the Three Forks Trail in Indian River County will be closed until June due to a construction project in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.

Palm trees at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Veteran group visits Seminole Ranch Conservation Area for deer hunt

The district’s Seminole Ranch Conservation Area will host veteran’s group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided deer hunt Nov. 27–29. The property will remain open to recreation during this time; signage about the hunt will be placed at property entry points.

Scrub jay sitting on a post

Federal award benefits district lands in Volusia, Flagler, Orange counties

Thanks to a $51,000 award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), habitat improvements will occur at district properties: Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County, Lake Monroe Conservation Area in Volusia County and Pellicer Creek Conservation Area in Flagler County. The district will provide matching funds and in-kind services.

Mary-Lou Pickles and Greg Rockwell with a finance award

For 14th year, District receives highest award for financial excellence and transparency

The district has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its fiscal year 2016-2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. District Accounting Director Greg Rockwell also was recognized.

Clouds reflecting in the waters of Lake Apopka

District awards $2.6 million for water quality projects

The district Governing Board voted this week to award contracts for water quality projects at Doctors Lake in Clay County and at Lake Apopka in Orange and Lake counties. Projects at each lake will utilize innovative technology to remove phosphorus.

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District Governing Board maintains slate of officers

The district’s Governing Board will maintain its current slate of officers to serve in the same capacity for another year. Officers are John A. Miklos of Orlando, board chairman; Fred N. Roberts Jr. of Ocala, vice chairman; Charles “Chuck” Drake of Orlando, secretary; and Ron Howse of Cocoa, treasurer.

Map of monthly rainfall for October 2018

October rainfall and water level data show returning dry weather

The district data for October shows the month’s rainfall was below average, except for a zone of above-average rainfall along the central coast. The data provided a snapshot of rainfall and surface water conditions across the district’s 18-county service area to the district’s Governing Board Tuesday.

Oak pine trees at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve closed Nov. 10–11 for youth hunt

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its youth deer hunt Nov.10–11 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

Live oaks at Sunnyhill Restoration Area

Veteran group visits Sunnyhill Restoration Area for deer hunt

The district’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County will host veteran’s group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided deer hunt Nov. 6–8.

Woman adjusting an irrigation timer

Reset your irrigation timer when you “fall back” this Sunday

Be sure to reset the timer on your irrigation controller when changing your clocks this weekend to mark the end of daylight saving time. The time change corresponds with the semi-annual shift in watering restrictions ensuring the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation across the district. Following irrigation rules helps protect our water resources and can save you money.

Upstream view of the Moss Bluff Lock

Moss Bluff reopens to navigational access following repairs

The Moss Bluff Lock has reopened to boat traffic following maintenance and repair work. The district operates three locks and dams in its 18-county service area to help manage lake levels.

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Postponed: Oct. 18 Southern recreational public meeting

The district’s Southern recreational public meeting has been postponed. The public meeting was originally scheduled for Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

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New location announced for Nov. 7 Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project public meeting

On Nov. 7, the district will hold the second of two community meetings to share information with stakeholders interested in the Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project. The location of the meeting has changed to ensure there is ample seating — the new location will comfortably seat nearly 1,000 people.

Irrigation pumphouse at a citrus grove

Cost-share funds available to farmers for water-saving technologies

The district is accepting applications through Nov. 30 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways.

Map illustrating groundwater conditions across the St. Johns River Water Management District

District provides an update on rainfall, aquifer and surface water conditions as Hurricane Michael approaches the panhandle

The district recently presented data that provided a snapshot of rainfall, aquifer and surface water conditions across the district’s 18-county service area.

Large picnic shelter at the Crescent Lake Conservation Area group camp site

We’ve improved our online camping reservation features

Group camping reservations on St. Johns River Water Management District land just got easier. The district is now using Sunrise Reservations to ensure faster turnaround times for group camping reservations and vehicular access to designated properties.

Students testing water at Julington Creek

District awards Blue School Grants to 14 schools for water resource education

Fourteen schools are receiving grant funding from the district’s Blue School Grant Program for projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics. Thirty-seven teachers applied for funding this year and of them the top 14 projects were selected.

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District to hold community meeting Oct. 4 on Flagler coastal wetland restoration project

On Oct. 4, the St. Johns River Water Management District will hold the first of two community meetings to exchange information with stakeholders interested in the Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project, a project designed to increase the amount of wetland area, which increases productivity and provides valuable habitat.

What a typical District homeowner can expect to pay in 2019 for their water management district portion of their tax bill at 0.2562 mills

District reduces tax rate for sixth year, funds major projects in $142.5 million budget

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, which reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a sixth consecutive year.

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District plans community meetings on Flagler coastal wetland restoration project

The district will hold two community meetings to exchange information with stakeholders interested in the Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project, a project designed to increase the amount of wetland area, which increases productivity and provides valuable habitat.

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District to hold public meeting and site visits for model peer review for Wekiva Basin MFLs

The district will hold a public meeting and field site tour, kicking off the Wekiva Basin Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) surface water model peer review.

Stacks of large water pipes in a field

District partners with Mascotte for water main replacement project

Construction is underway in Mascotte to replace about 2.5 miles of aging water main. The district provided $500,000 for the project, as part of a Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) cost-share grant. The project will be constructed in two phases and help prevent water loss caused by breaks in the water main.

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District to hold public workshops on draft 2018 MFLs priority list and schedule

The district will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts, on the draft 2018 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.

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Central recreational public meeting scheduled for Sept. 19

The district is hosting a public meeting to discuss updates to land management and recreation on district lands in Lake, Orange and Seminole counties as well as portions of Marion, Volusia and Brevard counties. The meeting will also include an opportunity for public comment.

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Three agricultural projects to share $525,500 to reduce nutrient loading, water use

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved moving forward with contracts for three agricultural projects, totaling nearly $525,500 in cost-share funds, that will reduce water use by 109 million gallons per year and reduce nutrient loading in the Tri County Agricultural Area (TCAA) of Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties.

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Before the storm: Know who to contact for flooding information

As we enter into the peak of hurricane season, we want all residents to have access to the information they need to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. Florida is especially vulnerable to flooding, given its location and many waterways, and that means Floridians must plan and prepare to weather the inevitable storms.

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Cost-share project applications accepted now through Oct. 18

The district is accepting applications through Oct. 18 for Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and innovative projects to share in cost-share funding that supports the agency’s water resource protection mission.

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District monitoring tropical wave over Labor Day weekend for potential localized flooding

As a tropical wave is forecast to approach Florida over the Labor Day weekend, district staff are closely monitoring water levels in the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers and advising homeowners to prepare for potential impacts from possible heavy rainfall.

Lake Apopka North Shore map with trail detour indicated

Lake Apopka Loop Trail reopens for Labor Day weekend

The district is reopening the eastern portion of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail on Sept. 1, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma.

Map with the boundaries of the Silver Springs springshed

Funds available to farmers, ranchers for projects to conserve water and reduce nutrients to Silver Springs

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through Sept. 14, 2018, from farmers and ranchers interested in seeking funding through the Agricultural Cost-share Program for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduction of nutrient runoff in the Silver Springs springshed.

District geocache coin

Through geocaching, outdoor adventures and “treasure” can be found on District lands

If nature is your thing, geocaching is a great way to explore some of the scenic and unspoiled public lands owned by the district, enjoy the outdoors and celebrate International Geocache Day on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Stakeholder meeting for dispersed water storage pilot project on Aug. 22

The district will present construction details for one of the dispersed water storage pilot projects in progress in the Indian River Lagoon drainage area at a meeting Aug. 22.

Map of annual rainfall from August 2017 to July 2018

Above average rainfall continues across the district

Despite July’s patchy rainfall, 12-month rainfall totals remain above average across the district. A report outlining hydrologic conditions was presented today to the district’s Governing Board.

Cypress trees stretching over the Wekiva River

Public workshop Aug. 16 will address Wekiva Basin MFLs in the CFWI area

The district will hold a public workshop to discuss the peer review of Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for water bodies within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area. This workshop will include discussion of surface water model peer review plans for MFLs water bodies within the Wekiva Basin.

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Sept. 7 application deadline approaching for Blue School Grants

Teachers have just one more month, until Sept. 7, to apply for a Blue School Grant for education projects to enhance students’ knowledge about Florida’s water resources. The district is offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that promote hands-on learning about water resources.

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Eustis wastewater treatment plant expansion will serve more homes, provide more reclaimed water

Community leaders joined together in Eustis today to celebrate the completion of a wastewater treatment plant expansion that will serve new development in the area as well as provide more reclaimed water.

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Ribbon cutting and tour will celebrate wastewater treatment plant expansion in Eustis

The city of Eustis is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completed expansion of its wastewater treatment plant. As part of the event, attendees are also invited to tour the facility, which increased treatment capacity by one million gallons per day (mgd) and will also provide an additional 1.0 mgd of reclaimed water.

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District acquires 240 acres in Marion County to protect water resources

The acquisition of a 240-acre parcel in Marion County will help the district protect water resources by eliminating an outparcel near the center of the district’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area. The land purchase was approved at today’s Governing Board meeting.

Map of monthly rainfall for June 2018

June continues wet weather trend across the district

While rainfall has not reached record-breaking levels, June continued a trend of higher-than-average rainfall for counties within the district. A full hydrological report was presented during today’s governing board meeting.

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District Board votes to reduce tax rate for sixth consecutive year

The district’s Governing Board Tuesday approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a sixth consecutive year while continuing to provide significant funds for programs and projects to ensure sustainable water resources, increase water conservation and protect water quality in springs and other priority water bodies.

Dr. Ann Shortelle speaking at the Micco Water Management Area grand opening

Public and project partners celebrate grand opening of Micco Water Management Area

Today, outdoor lovers celebrated the opening of the district’s latest property available for recreation: Micco Water Management Area (WMA) in south Brevard.

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Geocache challenge rewards first 50 visitors to District public lands

The district is giving away limited edition geocache coins to adventurers visiting district recreational public lands between June 21 and Aug. 18. The first 50 people who visit at least three different district lands and post a collection of “selfies” in front of the properties’ entrance signs on district social media sites are eligible.

Fishermen launching their boat at Buck Lake

High water closes campsites at Buck Lake, Seminole Ranch

High water levels in and near the St. Johns River have prompted the district to temporarily close campsites at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area in Brevard County and Buck Lake Conservation Area in Volusia County.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting June 21 in Palm Bay

The district’s regularly scheduled Southern Recreational Public Meeting is set to take place Thursday.

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District recognizes July 2018 as Lakes Appreciation Month

With nearly 1,500 lakes within its boundaries, the district will recognize July 2018 as Lakes Appreciation Month to increase public awareness about the value of Florida’s lakes and to encourage behaviors that will enhance lakes’ health.

Map of monthly rainfall for May 2018

Statewide soaking brings double the rain during May

May’s wet weather pushed rainfall totals across the St. Johns River Water Management District to double the average.

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District prepared for 2018 hurricane season

With subtropical storm Alberto having already swept through the Florida panhandle and hurricane season arriving June 1, the district is ready for any action this storm season may bring.

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$20,000 available to teachers looking for innovative ways to educate students

Now entering the third year of its Blue School Grant Program, the district plans to offer up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

Airboat sitting along a water body

Airboat access limited during work at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Two airboat crossings within the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area will be temporarily closed while the district installs block mats, which will help to further stabilize the crossings.

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Public invited to May 24 workshop on proposed changes to consumptive use permit approvals

The district will hold a rule development workshop on May 24 to discuss and receive stakeholder input on proposed rule amendments updating the types of consumptive use permits that may be delegated to district staff to approve.

Governing Board Members at the Water Reuse Week proclamation signing event

District recognizes May 13-19 as Water Reuse Week in Florida

More than 207 million gallons of reclaimed water is reused daily within the district. Next week, May 13-19, the district, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and fellow agencies across the state will recognize the benefits of reusing treated wastewater, or reclaimed water.

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Revised minimum levels and prevention/recovery plan will help protect lakes Brooklyn and Geneva

The district Governing Board on Tuesday authorized staff to initiate the rulemaking process to revise the existing minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva near Keystone Heights.

Map of monthly rainfall for April 2018

April’s showers nearly double the average rainfall for many counties

All counties in the district’s service area experienced higher-than-average rainfall during April, with several counties seeing twice their average.

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Trail repairs and detours at Lake Apopka North Shore

Trail repairs are underway on sections of the district’s Lake Apopka Loop Trail. The work, which requires closing the lakeside section of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, will repair damage from Hurricane Irma.

An anhinga eating a fish at the Lake Apopka North Shore

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive celebrates third anniversary

Averaging about 10,000 visitors each month, the district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will celebrate its third anniversary since opening in May 2015.

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Eau Gallie River muck dredging pauses for manatee season

Muck dredging in the Eau Gallie River will pause until early June while manatees are most active in the Indian River Lagoon tributary.

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Nine agricultural projects to share in district funds for water conservation, nutrient reduction

Nine agricultural projects will share in more than $918,000 from the district to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways.

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Three agricultural projects to share nearly $419,000 to reduce water use, nutrient loading

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved moving forward with contracts for three agricultural projects, totaling nearly $419,000 in cost-share funds, that will reduce water use by 218,537 gallons per day and reduce nutrient loading in the Tri County Agricultural Area (TCAA) of Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties.

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Board approves 27 water resource protection projects to share $16 million

Twenty-seven projects in nine counties will share in nearly $16 million for construction of water supply and water conservation, water quality improvement, flood protection and natural systems restoration projects.

Map of the Silver Springs springshed

Board approves cost-share project ranking to protect Silver Springs

Six projects will share in $699,245 in cost-share funding from the district and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in the Silver Springs springshed.

Map of monthly rainfall for March 2018

March rainfall below average across the district

Hydrologic conditions within the district show that while the aquifer is still benefiting from last year’s rain, things are starting to dry out, especially in Orlando and the Upper St. Johns River Basin.

Levee cutting across a wetland with metal beams jutting out of the water

All Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive roads reopen

The district has opened all areas of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for regular operating hours. The opening includes Interceptor Road, a portion of Laughlin Road, and the lakeside road which had been closed for repairs.

Booker Park Regional Stormwater Pond in Palatka

District, city of Palatka nearing completion on projects to improve St. Johns River water quality, save water

The district and the city of Palatka are coming down the homestretch on three water resource protection projects totaling nearly $2 million. Projects will reduce potable water losses from old cast-iron water pipes, aid in fire suppression and reduce stormwater discharges into the St. Johns River from commercial and residential areas of the city.

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District issues permit for second phase of First Coast Expressway

The district has issued an environmental resource permit related to construction of the new First Coast Expressway. The permit authorizes a stormwater management system for a 31-mile segment of the highway from Blanding Boulevard in Clay County to I-95 in St. Johns County, the second phase of the project.

Hiking trail at Sunnyhill Restoration Area

Veterans’ group visits Sunnyhill Restoration Area for turkey hunt

The district’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County will host veterans’ group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided turkey hunt on March 28 and 29.

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District to evaluate project to restore Lake Jesup flow, improve water quality and habitat

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a feasibility evaluation of a proposed project to restore the flow between the St. Johns River and the eastern portion of Lake Jesup. The project would potentially enhance water quality and habitat in the lake and is supported by local stakeholders and Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs.

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Board approves Fellsmere Water Management Area public access project

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved an agreement with Fellsmere Joint Ventures that will allow for construction of a boat ramp and other amenities at the northeast corner of the 10,000-acre reservoir.

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April is Water Conservation Month

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a proclamation designating April as Water Conservation Month to encourage awareness about the importance of water conservation.

Map of monthly rainfall for February 2018

February rainfall below average across the district

February proved to be a dry month for the 18 counties within the district, with most of the district receiving less than an inch of rain. By comparison, average February rainfall for the district’s southern counties ranged between 2.5 and 3 inches.

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District proclaims April 2018 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the fifth consecutive year, the district’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. The annual designation helps increase awareness about the importance of Florida’s springs and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate in the protection of springs.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve closed March 10–11 for youth turkey hunt

The St. Johns River Water Management District is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for its youth turkey hunt March 10–11 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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Regrading begins March 5 on Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive roads

The district will begin regrading the roads of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive beginning Monday, March 5, 2018. Weekend access will not be affected by the regrading project, which will take place Monday through Thursday each week.

Dr. Ann Shortelle and Chuck Drake at an Emeralda Marsh Enhancement Project Event

District, partners celebrate enhancement, improved amenities at Emeralda Marsh

The reconnection of Lake Griffin to Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County was a cause for celebration today for the district and its partners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Lake County.

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Governor appoints Allan Roberts to SJRWMD Governing Board

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Allan Roberts of St. Augustine to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board, filling a vacant seat that represents the St. Johns River below the Ocklawaha River and the coastal area between the St. Johns River and Ponce Inlet. The appointment takes effect immediately and runs through March 1, 2020.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Feb. 22 in Palm Bay

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Feb. 22 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.
The southern recreational area includes district properties in Brevard and Indian River counties. The public will have an opportunity at this meeting to provide input on recreational topics involving district lands.

Person running on trail at Lake Apopka North Shore

Celebrate Presidents’ Day at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s popular wildlife drive at Lake Apopka is open on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19.

Map of monthly rainfall for January 2018

January brought above-average rainfall to some areas, benefiting Silver Springs and Blue Spring

January brought above-average rainfall to north and east-central Florida counties, and Silver Springs in Marion County and Volusia Blue Spring continue to experience flow increases corresponding with greater rainfall received over the past several months. A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented Tuesday at the district’s February Governing Board meeting.

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How clean is that river near your home?

Ever wonder how clean that water in a nearby lake, stream or spring is? The district is now making it easier than ever before to get those answers. Data from more than 400 monitoring stations has been compiled into an interactive web page to help the public understand what’s going on with water quality in their area

Map of trails closed at Lake Apopka North Shore

More than seven miles of additional trails to reopen Feb. 2 at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The district is reopening seven and a half miles of additional trails, including the western end of the Loop Trail on Feb. 2.

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Application deadline to share in up to $1.5 million in agricultural cost-share funds is Feb. 16

The district is currently accepting applications through Feb. 16, 2018, from farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduction of nutrient runoff.

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Controlled burn today at Lake Apopka North Shore

The district is conducting a 3,000-acre prescribed fire today on the Lake Apopka North Shore. The purpose of the controlled burn is for marsh management, burning hardwoods and cattails and to promote the expansion of native marsh grasses. The fire was set by aerial ignition.

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Board approves Final Order adopting judge’s recommended order for Sleepy Creek water use

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday entered a Final Order adopting an administrative law judge’s recommended order to issue a consumptive use permit modification to Sleepy Creek Lands LLC.

Map of Annual rainfall for January 2107 to December 2017

Impacts of hurricane season rainfall are balanced by drier conditions

While 12-month rainfall totals are still above average throughout the district’s 18-county service area, December rainfall was below average, especially through the southeastern corridor from southern Lake County through Orlando to Daytona. A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s January Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

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Cost-share funding available for water resource protection projects

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.

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District and UF complete collaborative three-year investigation into Florida springs’ health

Scientists and engineers with the St. Johns River Water Management District and University of Florida have completed a collaborative multi-year science investigation into the health of priority spring systems. The partnership was launched in 2014 to develop an enhanced scientific foundation to help identify the most effective projects and strategies to protect or restore the district’s Outstanding Florida Springs.

Map of closed trails on the Lake Apopka North Shore

Portions of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopen Dec. 22 and will remain open Christmas Day

The district is reopening portions of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for regular operating hours Dec. 22.

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Controlled burn at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County

The district is conducting a 400-acre prescribed fire Wednesday at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County. The purpose of the controlled burn is for marsh management and fuel reduction.

Perople working on a dredging barge on Lake Apopka

New dredging project is underway at Lake Apopka

The district has started work on a sump dredge project designed to help improve water quality at Lake Apopka. The project is not expected to impede navigation on the canal or lake.

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District to hold informational meeting Jan. 22 on new septic replacement cost-share opportunity

The district is introducing a new cost-share funding opportunity for local governments and utilities within the springsheds of Volusia Blue, Wekiwa and Silver Springs to replace septic tanks with more efficient systems.

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Board approves ranking of REDI community projects to share $3.5 million

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved the ranking of projects to share in up to $3.5 million in cost-share funds to benefit water resources in Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and for projects that use innovative technology to provide data supporting future permitting and full-scale implementation of alternative water supplies.

Map of Monthly Rainfall for November 2017

November brings above-average rainfall to some areas, while others see drier weather

While November brought above-average rainfall to counties across the northern and southern coast of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county service area, central Florida saw less rain than usual. A full report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s December Governing Board meeting.

Map of closed areas at the Lake Apopka North Shore

Update: Western recreational trails reopen this weekend at Lake Apopka North Shore

The district continues to assess and repair areas of the Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside, the district will provide updates as needed on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

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Want to help save 1 billion gallons of water? Skip a week of lawn irrigation this winter

The district is encouraging homeowners in its 18-county region to “Skip a Week” of lawn and landscape irrigation during the cooler months of December, January and February.

Fisherman with largemouth bass caught on Lake Apopka

Gizzard shad harvest nets 100,000 pounds of fish in one week

Fishermen recently netted 100,000 pounds of nutrient-laden gizzard shad from Lake Apopka in one week. The district funds the fish harvest as part of a multifaceted approach to restoring water quality.

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Easement approval keeps Black Creek Water Resource Development Project on track, allows for future recreational access

An easement on three acres of county-owned property on Black Creek was approved Tuesday night by the Clay County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to implement the Black Creek Water Resource Development Project (WRD), a key component to meeting northeast Florida’s water supply needs.

Water level guage under water

Update: Damage assessments continue as water levels decrease on Lake Apopka North Shore

The district continues to assess and repair areas of the Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside the district is continuing to provide weekly updates on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

An individual distributed wastewater treatment systems being installed

New funding promotes septic tank replacement for homes

Knowing that septic tanks have been identified as one of the reasons for declining water quality in Florida’s springsheds, the district is working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and local governments to fund their removal.

Dr. Ann Shortelle and project partners at the Cocoa Beach Dredging Project kickoff event

District, partners celebrate cleaner canals in Indian River Lagoon

The removal of more than 44,000 cubic yards of muck was a cause for celebration today for the district and its partners, Brevard County and the city of Cocoa Beach.

Backhoe expanding a stomwwater containment area on a golf course

District and Flagler Beach partner on flood protection, nutrient reduction project

The district and the city of Flagler Beach are partnering on a project to reduce flooding and recurring property damage to the Ocean Palm area and improve water quality. The district’s cost-share program is funding $675,000 toward the project, which is currently under construction.

Stormwater retention pond under construction

Stormwater treatment project leads to improved water quality at Lake Apopka and Upper Floridan aquifer

Work is complete on a project that will help improve water quality at Lake Apopka and provide increased flood protection in the town of Oakland. The district provided $184,803 in funding for the project.

Dump truck delilvering fill material to a levee on Lake Apopka's north shore

Update: Pumping continues to lower water levels on parts of Lake Apopka North Shore

Repairs are underway at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district is continuing to provide weekly updates on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

Micro-drip irrigation at a blueberry farm

Board approves ranking of agricultural projects to share in $1.5 million for water conservation, nutrient reduction

Twelve agricultural projects will share in $1.5 million from the district to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways. The district’s Governing Board approved the project ranking at Tuesday’s meeting.

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District Governing Board elects officers

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday re-elected its current slate of officers to serve in the same capacity for another year.

Map of monthly rainfall for October 2017

Annual rainfall is above average districtwide

October’s rainfall amounts were dominated by the heavy nor’easter rain event at the beginning of the month, leaving the 12-month rainfall total for the district 4.4 inches above average.

Dr. Erich Marzolf touring the Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-way with Dr. Ann Shortelle, Karl Hankin and Bob Nalway

District staff elected to serve on national board

Dr. Erich Marzolf with the district was recently elected to serve on the North American Lake Management Society Board of Directors.

District staff presenting cost-share check to farmers at thier farm

Cost-share funds protect the St. Johns River while keeping farmers productive

Chances are, the vegetables and maybe even the potato chips you’re buying in your local supermarket are grown on local farms in northeast Florida. There’s also a good chance those farms are partnering with the district on innovative practices and technologies to lessen groundwater use and reduce agricultural runoff entering the St. Johns River while working to keep their farms productive.

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Newnans Lake Conservation Area North Tract closed Nov. 5–7 for Operation Outdoor Freedom Wounded Warrior hunt

The district’s Newnans Lake Conservation Area will host a guided deer hunt for disabled veterans Nov. 5–7. The north tract of the conservation area will be closed throughout the special Operation Outdoor Freedom hunt.

Tractors working to stabilize a levee along Lake Apopka

Update: Repairs continue as water levels decrease in some areas of Lake Apopka North Shore

Repairs are underway at the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district is continuing to provide weekly updates on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

Reset your irrigation timer when you “fall back” this Sunday

Be sure to reset your sprinkler timer when changing your clocks this weekend to mark the end of daylight saving time. The time change corresponds with the semi-annual shift in watering restrictions ensuring the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation across the St. Johns River Water Management District. The move helps protect our water resources and can save residents money.

Flooded roadway at the Lake Apopka North Shore

Update: Repairs continuing, pumping initiated to lower floodwaters

Repairs are underway at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district is continuing to provide weekly updates on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

Crews working on Tarpon Avenue swales.

District and Fernandina Beach partner on flood protection, nutrient reduction project

The district and the city of Fernandina Beach are partnering on a project that will help reduce flooding along 26 city blocks while also reducing nutrient loading to the Amelia River.

Alligator eating a fish

Update: Continued rainfall and saturated roads slows repair work

Repairs are underway at the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district will provide a weekly update on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

The Moss Bluff flood gate being resurfaced

Moss Bluff closes to navigational access for repairs

The Moss Bluff Lock is closed to boat traffic until further notice. The lock was scheduled for maintenance in September but Hurricane Irma delayed that work.

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District and Jacksonville Beach partnering to extend sewer mains, eliminate septic tanks

The St. Johns River Water Management District and the city of Jacksonville Beach are partnering to extend central sewer service to eight properties along the Intracoastal Waterway. By eliminating septic tanks, the project is anticipated to reduce total nitrogen discharges by 240 pounds per year and total phosphorus discharges by 32 pounds per year.

Flooding at Lake Apopka North Shore

Update: Water levels remain above average at Lake Apopka North Shore

Repairs are underway at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district will provide a weekly update on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

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Southern recreational public meeting scheduled for Oct. 19

The St. Johns River Water Management District is hosting a public meeting to discuss updates to land management and recreational across Brevard and Indian River counties. The meeting will also include an opportunity for public comment.

Students collecting water samples at a stormwater pond as part of the Blue School Grant program

District awards Blue School grants to 11 schools for water resource education

Eleven schools are receiving grant funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Blue School Grant Program for projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics.

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District commends Altamonte Springs for award-winning water reuse project

The district’s Governing Board is commending the city of Altamonte Springs for its award-winning work to expand water resources in Florida. The city’s pureALTA Potable Reuse Demonstration Pilot was recently named the 2017 WaterReuse Innovative Project of the Year at the national WaterReuse Symposium in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Water Management Districts, State continue collaboration to secure Florida’s water supply

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) estimates central Florida will need an additional 250 million gallons of water per day by 2035 to meet the demands of a growing population. An update on the CFWI’s work to meet that demand through increased water conservation and alternative water sources was presented today to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board.

Large trenching tractor installing sub-irrigation drain tiles in a farm

Nine agricultural projects to share $1.5 million to reduce water use, nutrient loading

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved moving forward with contracts for nine agricultural projects, totaling nearly $1.5 million in cost-share funds, that reduce water use by 34 million gallons per year and reduce nutrient loading in the Tri County Agricultural Area (TCAA) of Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties. 

Map of monthly rainfall for Septemeber 2017

Hurricane Irma spreads 2.2 trillion gallons of water across the district

Over two days, Hurricane Irma brought 2.2 trillion gallons of rainwater, or enough to cover 6.7 million football fields in one foot of water, to the district’s 18-county service area. A full report outlining September’s hydrological conditions, flood control system and the district’s response during Hurricane Irma, was presented to the district’s Governing Board Tuesday.

Flooding at the Lake Apopka North Shore Wildlife Drive

Update: Post-hurricane repairs at Lake Apopka North Shore

Repairs are underway at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district will provide a weekly update on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

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District diverts floodwaters in response to high water levels and continued rainfall

The district has opened water control structures on the 11-mile C-54 Canal in Brevard County to reduce the amount of water flowing north in the St. Johns River. The opening is due to flooding on the St. Johns River, as well as ongoing rainfall and predicted rainfall resulting from Tropical Storm Nate. 

Melisa Diolosa meeting with the City of Fellsmere's community development director at a stormwater project

REDI cost-share project to improve water quality in Indian River Lagoon, Fellsmere

The Indian River Lagoon and cities of Fellsmere and Sebastian in Indian River County will gain improved water quality, thanks in large part to a Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) cost-share grant from the district.

Bluehouse at Sunnyhill Restoration Area

Central recreational public meeting scheduled for Oct. 11

The district is hosting a public meeting to discuss updates to land management and recreation across Lake, Orange and Seminole counties as well as portions of Marion, Volusia and Brevard counties. The meeting will also include an opportunity for public comment.

District staff install a floating barrier on the Lake Apopka North Shore

Update: Post-hurricane repairs at Lake Apopka North Shore

Repairs are underway at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma. As water levels subside and assessments are completed, the district will provide weekly updates on the status of repairs and recreation at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

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District closes spillways to ease flooding concerns from weekend downpours

The district closed two water control structures in its Upper St. Johns River Basin project on Sunday to lessen the potential for flooding in residential neighborhoods along Lake Washington, in Brevard County.

Aerial of the Lake Apopka North Shore after Hurricane Irma

Post-hurricane repairs underway at Lake Apopka North Shore

Repairs are underway in areas of the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore, which experienced damage due to Hurricane Irma.

Lisa Kelley and Winter Garden officials at project groundbreaking

District helps fund $750,000 for Winter Garden reclaimed and stormwater project

The district joined city of Winter Garden leaders and others to celebrate the start of a reclaimed water and stormwater project. The district provided $750,000 for the work, which captures and stores excess stormwater, improving aquifer recharge and water quality at nearby Lake Apopka.

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District reduces tax rate for fifth year, funds major projects in $160 million budget

The district’s Governing Board today adopted its fiscal year 2017-2018 budget, which provides funds for cost-share projects and major programs to support the agency’s core missions of water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection. The board also approved reducing the millage rate for taxpayers for a fifth year.

C-54 canal on the border of Brevard and Indian River counties

C-54 Canal reopens for recreation

The district has reopened the C-54 Canal to recreation now that the water control structures at either end of the 11-mile-long canal are closed.

District staff member cutting up a fallen tree

Forty district properties reopen to recreation following Hurricane Irma

The district has reopened 40 of its properties following Hurricane Irma’s impact last week. The district continues to assess damage from Hurricane Irma and make repairs to its public lands, with a goal to reopen the properties for recreational uses as soon as it is safe to do so.

District staff using a frontloader to move tree debris

Thirty-nine district properties reopen to recreation following Hurricane Irma

The district has reopened 39 of its conservation lands following Hurricane Irma’s impact last week. The district continues to assess damage from Hurricane Irma and make repairs to its public lands, with a goal to reopen the properties for recreational uses as soon as it is safe to do so.

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After Irma, 26 district properties reopen to recreation

More district conservation lands are reopening to public recreation following Hurricane Irma’s impact last week. Openings are made as the district continues its in-depth assessment of recreational access points, levees, trails and boat ramps.

Map of monthly rainfall for August 2017

Water Shortage Warning Order rescinded as groundwater levels recover

The district’s Governing Board voted to rescind the districtwide Water Shortage Warning Order following an extended period of increased rainfall.

Crane lifting a large generator during installation at Palatka wastewater treatment plant

Cost-share project applications accepted now through Oct. 19

The district is accepting applications through Oct. 19 to share in $3.6 million in cost-share funding for Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and innovative projects that support the agency’s core missions. The submission deadline has been extended to Oct. 19 due to Hurricane Irma.

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District works hand in hand with local governments to recover from Hurricane Irma

Just a week ago, Hurricane Irma pummeled the Florida peninsula, causing severe flooding and wind damage across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Since then, the district has been working with local governments and other stakeholders in their recovery efforts by reducing floodwater flows to the north, providing pumps and personnel to lessen localized flooding, and assessing damage from the storm.

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Some district properties reopen for recreation following Hurricane Irma

Two properties within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s service area are open to public recreation, including hunting. The openings were made as the district continues an in-depth assessment of recreational access points, levees, trails, and boat ramps.

Robert Zammataro checking a bridge for damage after Hurricane Irma

Week in review: District working with communities impacted by Hurricane Irma

Days after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge has receded, the St. Johns River and other water bodies continue to rise in many areas, causing flooding headaches for local governments and their residents. The St. Johns River Water Management District continues to mitigate flooding impacts in support of local emergency operations as communities work to recover and restore services.

District staff working to pump floodwaters at Vilano Beach

District helping communities recover from Hurricane Irma

The St. Johns River Water Management District today continued its support of local emergency operations by working to drain floodwaters from communities across northeast Florida and supporting its local government partners to reduce impacts from Hurricane Irma.

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Teams of district staff partnering with local governments on damage assessments

Staff members from the St. Johns River Water Management District on Wednesday began partnering with local government staff to survey damage from Hurricane Irma in Jacksonville.

Flooding of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

District lands remain closed to recreation following Hurricane Irma

All lands owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District will remain closed to the public as staff continue to assess each property for safety and accessibility. This includes the district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.

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District reopens headquarters and service centers for business on Wednesday

The St. Johns River Water Management District will reopen its offices for business on Wednesday.

Dr. Ann Shortelle visiting staff that are pumping floodwater in Palatka

District deploys pumps, staff to alleviate flooding in north Florida

The St. Johns River Water Management District is assisting Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties by deploying pumps and staff to assist in recovery efforts from flooding caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Location of Governing Board’s Sept. 19 meeting moves to Maitland

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold its September meeting at the district’s Maitland Service Center, where the board will discuss pressing agenda items, the tentative millage rate and budget adoption. The district will also hold the final budget adoption hearing, scheduled for Sept. 26, in Maitland.

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District diverts floodwaters to protect people, property in floodstricken Jacksonville

Massive Hurricane Irma brought dramatic flooding across Florida, from the Keys all the way to the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. On Monday, the St. Johns River Water Management District began diverting water from the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project to reduce floodwaters flowing north, providing flood protection for people and property downstream, particularly in hard-hit Jacksonville.

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District offices closed through Tuesday

All St. Johns River Water Management District offices and public lands will remain closed through Tuesday as district staff recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma and also inspect district facilities to ensure staff and visitor safety.

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District urges preparedness as Hurricane Irma approaches

PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 8, 2017 — As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida this weekend, the St. Johns River Water Management District reminds property owners to be prepared for heavy rains by cleaning debris from storm drains and reporting clogged ditches to local governments in advance of the storm. The public also is encouraged to bookmark flooding information, water levels and other resources found on the district’s website at www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/flooding/.

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District postpones Governing Board meeting and tentative millage and budget hearing to Sept. 19

The district will postpone its monthly Governing Board meeting and tentative Fiscal Year 2017-2018 millage and budget hearing due to Hurricane Irma and the storm’s potential for impacts in the district’s 18-county area. Several other public meetings also are being postponed.

Staff securing the Palm Bay Service Center before a hurricane

District closes offices Friday in preparation for Hurricane Irma

The district will close its offices districtwide on Friday to give employees time to prepare their homes for Hurricane Irma.

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District closes all its public lands in preparation for Hurricane Irma

The district is closing all its public lands districtwide at 5 p.m. Thursday in advance of Hurricane Irma. The closure includes the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.

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District reassures residents region is prepared for Hurricane Irma

The district is making preparations for Hurricane Irma. As in years past, the district’s flood control systems are prepared for a deluge, but there are limitations.

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District celebrates Protect Your Groundwater Day

The district joins other organizations to raise awareness for protecting groundwater supplies and quality during Protect Your Groundwater Day. “The main source of water for most of northeast and central Florida comes from underground aquifers, primarily the Floridan aquifer, which is limited,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We remain dedicated to using data-driven science to safeguard future supplies, while recognizing the role important role of water conservation to ensure its efficient use.”

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Technical meeting to discuss springs science set for Sept. 8 (postponed)

Scientists and engineers from the St. Johns River Water Management District and the University of Florida will hold a technical meeting Sept. 8 at Austin Cary Forest in Gainesville to share the scientific findings of the Collaborative Research Initiative on Sustainability and Protection of Springs (CRISPS).

Vulcan ribbon cutting event on August 30, 2017

Public-private partnership project will protect water flows and levels

The district and Vulcan Materials Co. on Wednesday celebrated the completion of a well conversion project in Putnam County that will benefit Clay-Putnam minimum flows and levels (MFLs) while meeting the needs of the Grandin Sand Plant in producing vital construction materials for northeast Florida. 

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New sediment trap to benefit Banana River Lagoon water quality

Brevard County installed a state-of-the art second-generation “baffle box” with a high-tech chamber that will capture and treat nitrogen and phosphorus before they can reach the Banana River Lagoon, which is part of the Indian River Lagoon. The St. Johns River Water Management District is a funding partner in this cost-share project, as well, as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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Media advisory — Aerial herbicide treatment at Lake Apopka North Shore

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting aerial herbicide treatments at several locations within its Lake Apopka North Shore. District staff are stationed to guide visitors in treatment areas adjacent to trails.

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District funds Hawthorne water conservation project that saves millions of gallons of water

Work is under way on a $500,000 project to replace old water mains in downtown Hawthorne, which will save millions of gallons of water currently lost through its antiquated distribution system. The St. Johns River Water Management District is fully funding the city’s project through its cost-share program to help Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities meet their water conservation and water resource development goals.

Jim Troiano and the City of Palm Coast Commissioners with a cost-share check

District providing $700,000 toward Palm Coast flood control project

The district is providing $700,000 in cost-share funds to the city of Palm Coast for a project to rebuild aging flood control structures and allow for remote monitoring and control of the slide gates. The project will help protect residents and property in a 1,739-acre area of the city.

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Visit district lands but please don’t pick the berries

There are a lot of “dos” when visiting public lands owned and managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District — do take your time to enjoy natural Florida, do take drinking water and insect repellent, do hike or bike and take advantage of these unspoiled acres. However, with saw palmetto berry season in full swing, the district wants to remind visitors of an important “don’t.” Harvesting saw palmetto berries is prohibited on public properties across Florida, including the district’s conservation lands.

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District launches new, improved website

The district has launched a new and improved website featuring a more contemporary look, streamlined pages and improved navigability.

District budget staff with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

District receives highest award for 2016-2017 budget

The district has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal year 2016-2017 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. Mary-Lou Pickles, director of the district’s Office of Financial Services and the district’s former budget director, also was recognized.

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With geocaching, ‘treasure’ can be found on District lands

Modern day adventurers may score a new commemorative coin by geocaching on St. Johns River Water Management District lands this summer, just in time for International Geocaching Day on Aug. 19.

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District partners with community for wildfire prevention event

District staff recently met with Orange County residents to talk about wildfire safety and how they can work together to reduce the risk of fire damage to their homes through prescribed fire.

Jim Troiano and Putnam County commissioners and staff with a cost-share check at a commission meeting

District contributing $2 million in cost-share funds to Putnam County wastewater improvements

The district is providing $2 million in cost-share funds to Putnam County toward expansion of its East Putnam Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. The project will significantly reduce nutrient loading to Dunns Creek and the St. Johns River.

Mary-Lou Pickles and Greg Rockwell with a finance award

District receives highest award for 2015-2016 financial report

The district has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its fiscal year 2015-2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. District Finance Director Greg Rockwell also was recognized.

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Florida’s fickle weather brings more rain in the wake of drought

Soggy lawns might make drought conditions from eight weeks ago feel like a distant memory, yet areas within the district are still recovering from the spring’s dry spell.

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Half marathon draws runners to Lake Apopka North Shore

Visitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect larger-than-usual crowds this weekend. Portions of the property’s nonmotorized loop trail are part of the mapped route for the 2017 Magnolia Park Forest Run.

Blue School grant program students working in a garden

Teachers encouraged to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding

The district is accepting applications for its Blue School Grant Program. In its second year, the educational grant program offers up to a total of $20,000 for teachers working to promote water resource protection through hands-on learning opportunities.

A map of the Black Creek Water Resource Development recharge area location on Camp Blanding

Informational public meetings on Black Creek Water Resource Development Project scheduled for August

Two informational public meetings will be held in August to present information about the Black Creek Water Resource Development (WRD) Project to interested residents and stakeholders.

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CFWI Focuses on Saving Water Outdoors, Outdoor Irrigation Accounts for up to 50% of Residential Use

Ensuring that central Florida has the water it needs is at the core of the Central Florida Water Initiative.

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Final update: Wildfire contained at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

A 120-acre wildfire reported at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area on July 20 is fully contained.

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Wildfire reported at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

The district is responding to a wildfire reported on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area (at the convergence of Orange, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole counties).

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Board authorizes work to begin on Black Creek water recharge project in north Florida

A project to provide recharge to the Floridan aquifer using excess water from flood-prone Black Creek received a nod from the district’s Governing Board Tuesday, which directed its executive director to negotiate with the top-ranked design/engineering firm to get the project off the ground.

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District Board votes to reduce tax rate for fifth consecutive year

The district’s Governing Board Tuesday approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a fifth consecutive year while continuing to provide significant funds for programs and projects to ensure sustainable water resources, increase water conservation and protect water quality in springs and other priority water bodies.

Annual Rainfall map for July 2016 to June 2017

Rain brings drought relief, yet rainfall deficit persists

Recent wet weather has brought an end to drought conditions, as well as indications of rebounding aquifer levels, within the district. A report outlining hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s July Governing Board meeting.

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CFWI Projects Taking Shape Throughout Region

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) is developing innovative projects to meet the growing water needs of the five-county Central Florida region while also protecting the region’s water resources.

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District helps fund reclaimed water infrastructure

A local memorial park will save 215 gallons of water per day after reclaimed water infrastructure for irrigation is installed. The St. Johns River Water Management District contributed $168,261 to the recently completed project at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Orange County.

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Indian River Lagoon neighborhood hooking up to new “cost-share” sewer line

Residents of the Breeze Swept subdivision in Rockledge have begun making the switch from septic to sewer, thanks to a cost-share project designed to reduce septic tank pollution in the Indian River Lagoon.

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Project benefits water quality for Lake Apopka and springs of the Wekiva system

A recently completed project at a central Florida RV park and campground will help achieve water quality improvements for Lake Apopka and springs of the Wekiva system. The St. Johns River Water Management District contributed $34,425 to the project at Orange Blossom KOA in Orange County, which dismantled an old wastewater treatment plant and connected the campground to a central sewer system.

Helicopter used to fight wildfire flying low over a marsh

Final update: Wildfire burned out on district property

On June 26, lightning ignited a wildfire on a St. Johns River Water Management District property west of Interstate 95 and south of State Road 520 in Brevard County.

Large smoke plume from a wildfire in Brevard County

Update: Wildfire continues to burn near I-95

A wildfire continues to burn on a St. Johns River Water Management District property west of Interstate 95 and south of State Road 520 in Brevard County.

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Update: Wildfire continues to burn near I-95

A wildfire continues to burn on a St. Johns River Water Management District property west of Interstate 95 and south of State Road 520 in Brevard County.

Update: Wildfire on district property

A wildfire is burning on a district property west of Interstate 95 and south of State Road 520 in Brevard County. Approximately 800 acres burned Monday evening. District staff plan to burn out the entire 5,000-acre property on Tuesday morning.

Active wildfire in Brevard County

A wildfire has been reported at River Lakes 8, a St. Johns River Water Management District property south of State Road 520 and west of Interstate 95. The blaze was started by a lightning strike.

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Roughly 125,000 cubic yards of muck pumped from Eau Gallie River so far

Only four months after dredging began, approximately 125,000 cubic yards of muck have already been pumped from the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne. The river is a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon.

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Annual report shows recent water use increase as rainfall decreases

Annual reporting conducted by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows that total water use was approximately two percent above the 10-year average, and was 14 percent higher than 2015, while total population increased about two percent. The district’s 2016 Survey of Annual Water Use was presented at the district’s June Governing Board meeting.

Forty-three projects in 12 counties to benefit from cost-share dollars

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.

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District slashes maintenance costs in St. Johns River

St. Johns River Water Management District maintenance crews are using an innovative technique to slash culvert repairs by as much as 80 percent.

Camping Area at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

Districtwide ban on campfires lifted

As a result of recent rainfall, the St. Johns River Water Management District is lifting the districtwide burn ban on campfires. Campfires on district lands are still prohibited by the burn bans issued by the following counties: Putnam, Flagler, Volusia, Orange, Osceola and Indian River.

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Governor appoints Janet Price to SJRWMD Governing Board

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Janet Price of Fernandina Beach to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board, filling a vacant seat that represents the St. Marys River Basin and the adjacent coastal area. The appointment takes effect immediately and runs through March 1, 2018.

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CFWI focuses on collaboration with utilities to extend water supply

Built on the concept of collaboration, the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) works with the area’s 83 utilities to scale water conservation efforts and promote alternative water supplies for a growing population.

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District’s efforts save 3.5 million gallons of water per day

Between 2014 and 2016 the St. Johns River Water Management District has realized a net decrease in permitted groundwater of approximately 3.5 million gallons of water per day (MGD). The reduction is a result of several factors but primarily changes in demonstrated need by permit holders.

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$1.5 million available to farmers to support water-saving technologies

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through July 28 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways. Up to $1.5 million is available to support the efforts.

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Florida Water Star awards six participants for water conservation efforts

Florida Water Star SM presented six awards to local organizations and individuals for their work to further water conservation. Developed by the St. Johns River Water Management District and launched in 2007, the Florida Water Star program provides water conservation certification for homes, entire communities and commercial developments.

Water Shortage Warning Order expanded to all counties within the district

As hydrologic trends reflect below-average rainfall across the district, the district Governing Board approved expanding the current Water Shortage Warning Order to include all areas within the district’s 18-county jurisdiction.

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Aquifer performance test begins the week of April 17 in Ocala

  MAITLAND, Fla., April 11, 2017 – In its work to protect Florida’s water resources, the St. Johns River Water Management District will conduct an aquifer performance test to determine characteristics of the aquifer system. The test, conducted in partnership with the city of Ocala, provides valuable information about long-term reliability of the aquifer system’s ability to yield an adequate water supply in an area. WHAT: Aquifer performance testing WHEN: April 17-24 WHERE: Near S.E. 31st Street near S.E. Lake Weir Avenue This well will be tested at a pumping rate of 3,500 gallons per minute for a duration of […]

Wildfire reported on and near district properties

MAITLAND, Fla., April 6, 2017 — On April 5, wildfires were reported on or near two St. Johns River Water Management District properties. The district responded to wildfire reported on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area (at the convergence of Orange, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole counties) and at Silver Springs in Marion County, adjacent to district property. The wildfire at Silver Springs is contained. District staff and equipment are assisting with mop up operations to reduce smoke and prevent the chance of fire breaking out. The wildfire at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area is south of the marsh area. Work is underway to access […]

Update: Rain inhibits spread of wildfire at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area

MAITLAND, Fla., April 6, 2017 — On April 5, wildfires were reported on or near two St. Johns River Water Management District properties. Update as of April 6 at 3:20 p.m.: The district responded to wildfire reported on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area (at the convergence of Orange, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole counties) and at Silver Springs in Marion County, adjacent to district property. The wildfire at Silver Springs is contained. The wildfire at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area is 4 acres and located south of the marsh area. Recent rain has inhibited the spread of the fire. District staff are […]

Governing Board to hold April offsite meeting in Eustis

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board is holding its April monthly meeting offsite at the Eustis City Commission Chambers April 11. While board meetings are routinely held at district headquarters in Palatka, the board holds periodic off-site meetings to be more accessible to the public and enhance transparency in district business.

Florida Water Star certified house

Water conservation home certification increases 200 percent

The number of certifications being sought for water conservation increased 200 percent in 2016. Developed by the St. Johns River Water Management District and launched in 2007, the Florida Water StarSM program provides water conservation certification for homes, entire communities and commercial developments.

Governor appoints two to St. Johns River Water Management District Board

Governor Rick Scott announced one appointment and one reappointment to the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Susan Dolan, 51, of Longwood, is the director of community affairs for Waste Pro of Florida, Inc. She succeeds Maryam Ghyabi, whose term ended in March 2017. The appointment takes effect immediately and runs through March 1, 2021.

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District donates cars, computers to partners in Putnam and Flagler counties

Putnam County schools, the city of Bunnell and the town of Pomona Park are benefitting from thousands of dollars of surplus items from the St. Johns River Water Management District. These Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) community partners were notified last week that they will receive a variety of computer monitors, PCs and vehicles from the district’s program to donate surplus equipment to economically disadvantaged communities.

Final update: Seminole Ranch fire

St. Johns River Water Management District land managers and partnering agencies are burning interior pockets within a wildfire that began Wednesday afternoon on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area. When finished by nightfall on Thursday, the total area burned within the wildfire is expected to be more than 6,800 acres.

Wildfire reported on two district properties

A wildfire is reported on St. Johns River Water Management District property and a second fire is burning toward district land. One fire is burning on private land and heading toward Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area southeast of the St. Johns River channel. The Florida Forest Service has plowed a protective fire line on district property and district staff have begun an operation to burn the fire out. Smoke is impacting nearby State Road 520.

Moss Bluff Dam repair work

Work at Moss Bluff Lock and Dam may temporarily limit boat access

A large-scale renovation of the Moss Bluff Lock and Dam in Marion County is scheduled to begin in mid-April and work is already underway to prepare the site. The St. Johns River Water Management District operates and maintains the structure, which serves as a navigational aid and flood control structure on the Ocklawaha River.

Board approves ranking of Tri-County ag projects to share in $1.5 million

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on Tuesday approved the ranking of projects that will share in $1.5 million in Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA) Ag Cost-Share Program funds for water conservation and nutrient reduction by ag operations. Proposed projects would result in an estimated 266 million gallons of water conserved each year and an estimated reduction of 6,916 pounds per year of total nitrogen and 1,426 pounds per year of total phosphorus.

One wildfire out, one growing rapidly

A wildfire near Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area has been extinguished but a second fire at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area has grown to 450 acres, according to St. Johns River Water Management District officials.

How are we protecting Florida’s waterbodies? District explains.

In the second of a series of informational presentations to the Governing Board and the public, St. Johns River Water Management District staff Tuesday worked to demystify one of the most complex tools used by the agency to strike the necessary balance between nature’s needs and people’s needs for water — the Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) program. MFLs define the limits at which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources or ecology of an area.

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Water Shortage Warning Order issued for portions of the district

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board approved a Water Shortage Warning Order as hydrologic trends reflect below-average rainfall across parts of the district. This comes after several months of proactive messaging by the district to keep the public well-informed about the potential for prolonged drought. The order further aligns water management districts, which each continue to monitor weather conditions to best inform decisions on water management across the state.

$25 million in cost-share funding available

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications March 15–April 13 to share in $25 million in cost-share funding for water supply, water quality, natural systems and flood protection construction projects. An informational workshop will be held March 16 at 2 p.m. at district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.

Springs Protection Awareness Month proclamation signing

District proclaims April 2017 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the fourth consecutive year, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. The annual designation helps increase awareness about the importance of Florida’s springs and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate in the protection of springs.

District board finalizes transfer of Gemini Springs Addition to Volusia County

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted Tuesday to finalize the transfer of the 948-acre Gemini Springs Addition property to Volusia County.

Public workshop March 16 on draft Silver Springs MFLs and Prevention Strategy

The St. Johns River Water Management District is holding a public workshop to provide information and receive public comments on proposed minimum flows and a proposed prevention strategy for Silver Springs in Marion County.

Northern Recreational Public Meeting March 15 in Pomona Park

Updates on land management and recreation activities will be discussed March 15 during the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Northern Recreational Public Meeting.

Aerial of a Prescribed fire burning near a neighborhood

District partners with community for wildfire prevention event

St. Johns River Water Management District staff recently met with residents in Orange and Brevard counties to talk about wildfire safety and how they can work together to reduce the risk of fire damage to their homes through prescribed fire. The meetings are part of the residents’ ongoing participation in the national Firewise Communities fire prevention program for homeowners.

Youth hunt to be held on district lands in Alachua County this weekend

The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a youth turkey hunt March 11-12 at the River Styx portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the north tract of Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

Update: Wildfire reported on two district properties

The district is responding to wildfire reported on the Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County and on the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area (at the convergence of Orange, Brevard, Volusia and Seminole counties).

Water Star certified building in Jacksonville

Renovated office building receives first-ever Florida Water Star Existing Commercial Building certification

A 43-year-old office building on University Boulevard North in Jacksonville has received an energy and water makeover and is poised to receive the first-ever Florida Water StarSM certification for existing commercial buildings within the St. Johns River Water Management District. District staff expect to issue the certification this week to Custom Builders, which overhauled the seven-story office building to significantly reduce water use.

Media Advisory — Technical meeting to discuss springs science progress set for March 10

Scientists and engineers from the district and the University of Florida (UF) are holding a technical meeting March 10 at district headquarters in Palatka to discuss the progress of the district’s Springs Protection Initiative science program. The meeting is a semi-annual event that includes the lead researchers from the six collaborative workgroups involved in the three-year scientific investigation.

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Eau Gallie River muck dredging temporarily pauses for manatee season

Nothing can stop the St. Johns River Water Management District from cleaning up the Eau Gallie River – except for possibly frolicking manatees.

District staff keeping an eye on a prescribed fire

Controlled burn today at Blue Cypress Conservation Area in Indian River County

The district is conducting a 12,000-acre prescribed fire on Wednesday at Blue Cypress Conservation Area in Indian River County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to maintain a healthy ecosystem and to reduce fuels that can cause wildfires.

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Controlled burn today at Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 436-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County, a mile north of the parking area on County Road 318. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.

District Governing Board member Chuck Drake and Chief of Staff Lisa Kelley, as well as officials from the Lake County Commission, Orange Audubon, Friends of Lake Apopka and others gathered for today’s ribbon cutting at McDonald Canal.

New boat and kayak launch opens at Lake Apopka North Shore

Visitors and outdoor enthusiasts have a new way to explore the Lake Apopka North Shore. Representatives from several community organizations and governments joined the district Thursday to celebrate the opening of a new recreational facilities at Lake Apopka North Shore.

District holding workday Feb. 25 to remove invasive air potatoes

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 22, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is holding a special workday Saturday, Feb. 25, to remove invasive air potato from its Deep Creek Conservation Area’s Edgefield tract in East Palatka. The workday is being held as an observance of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2017, which is Feb. 27 through March 3.

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Lake Lawton Recreation Area in Brevard County closed during wildfire containment

PALM BAY, Fla., Feb. 17, 2017 — Lake Lawton Recreation Area in Brevard County is closed until further notice as St. Johns River Water Management District and partnering agencies manage a wildfire that ignited Wednesday.

Dr. Shortelle speaking at the Eau Gallie dredging commencement event

District, partners celebrate a cleaner Eau Gallie River

PALM BAY, Fla., Feb. 16, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state and local elected officials, and Indian River Lagoon protection advocates celebrated the commencement of muck dredging from the Eau Gallie River today at Ballard Park in Melbourne.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive open on Presidents’ Day

MAITLAND, Fla., Feb. 16, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s popular wildlife drive at Lake Apopka is open on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. WHAT: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive open WHEN: Feb. 20 from sunrise to sunset WHERE: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, 2803 Lust Road, Apopka, FL 32703 A recently launched audio guide provides visitors with a narrative on the area’s history, wildlife and district-led restoration efforts. Since the drive has opened, more than 100,000 visitors have experienced a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities along a network of wetlands, levees and canals. To access the audio guide, […]

A boat dock at the Lake Apopka North Shore

Event celebrates new recreation facilities at Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Feb. 15, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of new recreational facilities at the Lake Apopka North Shore.

District works to educate, inform stakeholders about water use in region

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 14, 2017 — Water use from approximately 96 percent of permitted groundwater allocations across 18 counties is measured and reported to the St. Johns River Water Management District and verified by state-of-the-art science. District staff presented an overview of the district’s Consumptive Use Permitting (CUP) program and methodologies used to estimate the total water use within the district at Tuesday’s board meeting, the first of a series of informational presentations to correct recent published inaccuracies.

Southern Recreational Public Meeting Feb. 16 in Palm Bay

PALM BAY, Fla., Feb. 14, 2017 — A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Feb. 16 during the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

A person running at Lake Apopka North Shore

Event brings extra traffic to Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Feb. 13, 2017 — Visitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect additional traffic this coming weekend. The property has grown in popularity for nature-based recreation. WHAT: 13th Annual Orlando Xtreme Half Marathon and 5K WHEN: Feb. 18 from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Lake Apopka North Shore at the Magnolia Park Trailhead 2929 S. Binion Road Apopka, FL 32703 On Feb. 18, the district-owned property is part of the mapped run for a half marathon and 5K. Runners will follow trails within the 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore, which […]

Prescribed fire at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

Controlled burn today at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County

PALM BAY, Fla., Feb. 10, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 5,900-acre prescribed fire today at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Brevard County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to maintain a healthy ecosystem and to reduce fuels that can cause wildfires. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases, and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent […]

A fire burning in a wooded area

Controlled burn at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

MAITLAND, Fla., Feb. 10, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 471-acre prescribed burn today at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County, approximately one mile south of Nelson’s Outdoor Resort. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems. The fire was set by aerial ignition. Aerial ignition allows district staff to ignite fires more quickly, which results in faster burnout and less lingering smoke. Convection produced by igniting an area rapidly can help move the smoke up and away more quickly. Aerial ignition also allows […]

Land manager keeping an eye on a prescribed fire

Controlled burn today at River Lakes Conservation Area in Brevard County

PALM BAY, Fla., Feb. 7, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 300-acre prescribed fire today at River Lakes Conservation Area in Brevard County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to maintain a healthy ecosystem and to reduce fuels that can cause wildfires. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases, and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent wildfires […]

Workshop to discuss water treatment technologies open to public

MAITLAND, Fla., Feb. 6, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is hosting a public workshop for outside vendors and companies to present a brief overview of treatment technologies in the removal of total phosphorus from Lake Jesup’s water column. Preregistration to present at the workshop is required by Feb. 20.

Media Advisory – Controlled burn today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 3, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 128-acre controlled burn Friday at the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce fuels and improve habitat for wildlife. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent wildfires by burning off fuels that naturally build […]

Water flowing over a small waterfall at Ponce de Leon Springs

New minimum flow protects Outstanding Florida Spring, manatees

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 1, 2017 — Manatee protection is getting a boost today when new water resource protection rules for Ponce de Leon Springs, set by the St. Johns River Water Management District, become effective. In mid-December 2016, the district’s Governing Board approved rule amendments to adopt minimum flows for the spring in Volusia County.

Media Advisory – Controlled burn today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 1, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 61-acre controlled burn Wednesday at the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County, just south of Hatchet Creek and southeast of Austin Carey Memorial Forest. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening […]

Controlled burn at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 27, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 182-acre prescribed burn Friday at the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County, east of County Road 209, south of Green Cove Springs. The purpose of this burn is to enhance wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuel loads. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed […]

Controlled burn at Orange Creek Restoration Area in Marion County

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 25, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 209-acre prescribed burn today at the Orange Creek Restoration Area in Marion County, immediately north of the parking area on County Road 318. During the burn, parking and trail access will be closed at this location, but visitors can access the property at the S.E. 219 Avenue trailhead. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. […]

Media Advisory – District properties set the scene for birding tours

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 24, 2017 — Known for their enticing wildlife habitats, two of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s properties are being featured during the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.

Controlled burn today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 20, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 44-acre prescribed burn Friday at the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area near the intersection of County Road 325 and County Road 346 in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce fuel loading and maintain a fire-dependent ecosystem. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic […]

Controlled burn today at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area in Brevard County

PALM BAY, Fla., Jan. 20, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 304-acre prescribed fire today at the Seminole Ranch Conservation Area in Brevard County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to maintain a healthy ecosystem and to reduce fuels that can cause wildfires. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases, and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent […]

Controlled burn today at Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 18, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting an 83-acre controlled burn Wednesday at the Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County, east of the parking area on Southeast 219th Ave. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas. […]

St. Johns, Suwannee River governing boards approve first-ever water supply plan for north Florida

The governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts on Jan. 17 jointly approved a 20-year plan to protect the sustainability of water supplies and identify potential future water supply sources. Approval of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan completes a four-year public process and the first-ever joint planning effort between the two agencies and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Media Advisory – Birdapalooza draws crowds to Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 17, 2017 — Visitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect additional traffic on select dates, as the area will host several walking and biking tours related to the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza. WHAT: Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival (registration required) WHEN: Jan. 20 and 22 WHERE: Lake Apopka North Shore WHAT: Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza WHEN: Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. WHERE: Lake Apopka Loop Trail and Magnolia Park The three-day event is a celebration of the rich diversity of birds […]

Media Advisory – Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area land deal negotiations discontinued

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017 — Negotiations on a proposed land exchange on the Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area have been called off. The St. Johns River Water Management District and the landowner were unable to reach a suitable agreement. The item will not go before the Governing Board in February. The informational public meeting scheduled for Jan. 31 on the potential exchange is also being canceled. Information on the property can be found here.

Controlled burn today at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County

PALM BAY, Fla., Jan. 12, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 2,800-acre prescribed fire today at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area in Indian River County. The purpose of the controlled burn is for marsh management and fuel reduction. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases, and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent wildfires by burning off fuels that […]

Controlled burn at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting an 85-acre prescribed burn today at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County, near the intersection of Highway 42 and S.E. 182nd Avenue Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening […]

Holiday hours, events bring extra traffic to Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017 — Visitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect additional traffic this coming weekend. The property has grown in popularity for nature-based recreation. WHAT: Masters of All Terrain Off Road Ultramarathon WHEN: Jan. 14 from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Lake Apopka North Shore (multiple trails) WHAT: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day WHEN: Jan. 16 from sunrise to sunset WHERE: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, 2803 Lust Road, Apopka, FL 32703 On Jan. 14, the district-owned property is part of the mapped […]

Controlled burn at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 11, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 141-acre prescribed burn today at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems. Prescribed fire is the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects. Its benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas. Prescribed fires help prevent wildfires by burning off fuels […]

More than 1,800 jobs coming to Melbourne

PALM BAY, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017 — High-paying jobs are coming to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, thanks in part to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s issuance of an Environmental Resource Permit. “Our regulatory staff and general counsel worked closely with the applicants to provide effective solutions that benefit our water resources,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We ensured Northrup Grumman would be able to expand its Center of Excellence at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport as quickly as possible while ensuring appropriate environmental protection.” District staff have approved a permit application that will […]