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Prescribed fire today at Fellsmere Water Management Area in Indian River County

The district is conducting a 1,500-acre prescribed burn Friday at Fellsmere Water Management Area in Indian River County.

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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.

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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.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife award will help the St. Johns River Water Management District improve habitat at Lake Monroe Conservation Area, home to the Florida Scrub-jay.

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, director of the Office of Financial Services, and Greg Rockwell, accounting director.

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.

Lake Apopka is the headwaters of the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes, located in northwest Orange and southeast Lake counties.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall conditions across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

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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.

The district’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area north tract will temporarily close to host a deer hunt.

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.

Districtwide watering restrictions ensure the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation.

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.

The Moss Bluff Lock provides navigational access along the Ocklawaha River.

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.

A citrus grower’s pump automation project integrated weather stations and soil moisture sensors to conserve water.

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.

A map illustrates 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.

The Crescent Lake Conservation Area group camping site is one of several primitive camping facilities on district properties.

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.

Creekside High School in St. Johns County participated in last year’s Blue School Grant Program. Part of the school’s Blue School curriculum included water sampling.

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.

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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.

Pipes and materials are staged for the start of water main replacement along State Road 50 in Mascotte.

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.

In a recent round of funding, the city of Umatilla received district cost-share funds for sanitary sewer and lift station upgrades.

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.

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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.

Projects must be located primarily within 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.

This new coin may be found at geocaches on 14 district properties.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

District staff prepare for today’s prescribed fire at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation with a burn briefing led by Land Resources Bureau Chief Steven R. “Torch” Miller.

Prescribed fire today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a prescribed burn at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County south of Fish Camp Road, north of Garrison Hammock Road and adjacent to the west shore of Lochloosa Lake. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain the ecology of the site.

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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.

A ribbon-cutting celebrates the completion of a wastewater treatment plant that will serve Eustis and surrounding areas.

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.

The completed plant will increase capacity by one million gallons per day.

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

The district is conducting a 63-acre prescribed burn on Thursday at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain pyric ecosystems.

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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.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

District Executive Director Ann Shortelle talks about the recreational opportunities offered at Micco Water Management Area during the grand opening on Wednesday.

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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Prescribed fire today at Heart Island Conservation Area in Volusia County

The district is conducting a 165-acre prescribed burn on the Heart Island Conservation Area along the south side of Deep Creek Road, a quarter mile east of the U.S. 17 trailhead, in Volusia County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and promote ecological diversity.

District staff member Jayme Gonzalez demonstrates what a qualifying “selfie” looks like for the 2018 geocache photo challenge.

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.

Anglers launch a Gheenoe at Buck Lake Conservation Area when the water is at seasonal levels. High water has temporarily closed the ramp.

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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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 212-acre prescribed fire Tuesday at the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to maintain fire-dependent natural communities and reduce hazardous fuel loads.

Fishing at Blue Cypress Conservation Area

Southern Recreational Public Meeting June 21 in Palm Bay

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

Trail through hardwood forest at Newnans Conservation Area

Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 128-acre prescribed fire on the Hatchet Creek Tract of the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to maintain fire-dependent ecosystems and reduce wildland fuel loads.

From left, Board Vice Chairman Fred Roberts Jr., Board member Douglas Bournique, Division of Water and Land Resources Director Dr. Erich Marzolf, Board Chairman John Miklos, District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle, Board Secretary Chuck Drake, Board member Janet Price, Board Treasurer Ron Howse and Board member Allan Roberts.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

A water control structure in the upper St. Johns River Basin.

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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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 51-acre prescribed burn Thursday on the northwest corner of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve, a mile west of County Road 325, in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

With a Blue School Grant, students from Creekside High School visited locations along the St. Johns River to test water quality and become more familiar with local community features they have been learning about in class.

$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.

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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.

The district’s Governing Board approved a resolution proclaiming May 13-19, 2018, as Water Reuse Week to help promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water in the district. Pictured, from left, Chuck Drake (secretary), Doug Bournique, John Miklos (chairman), Susan Dolan, Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle, Ron Howse (treasurer), Allan Roberts, Fred Roberts (vice chairman) and Douglas Burnett.

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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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 26-acre prescribed burn Wednesday at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County, west of the field station. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

A public workshop to address draft revised MFLs and any required recovery or prevention strategies for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva (pictured) is scheduled for July 26 at district headquarters.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

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Prescribed fire today at Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County

The district is conducting an 80-acre prescribed fire Tuesday on the eastern end of the Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County, near the parking area. The purpose of the burn to maintain fire-dependent natural communities and promote wiregrass reproduction.

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Prescribed fire today at Crescent Lake Conservation Area in Volusia County

The district is conducting a 79-acre prescribed burn Thursday at the Crescent Lake Conservation Area, north of the public parking area, in Volusia County. Public access to recreational trails may be intermittently limited. The purpose of the burn is to promote ecological diversity and recruitment of native fire dependent species and to maintain fire dependent natural communities.

An anhinga feasts on a fish along the shores of Lake Apopka.

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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Prescribed fire today at Crescent Lake Conservation Area in Volusia County

The district is conducting a 244-acre prescribed burn Thursday at Crescent Lake Conservation Area. The burn will be adjacent to the parking area and the campsite. Trails will be temporarily closed during the burn. The purpose of the burn is to maintain and enhance fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 130-acre prescribed burn Thursday at the Hatchet Creek tract of the Newnans Lake Conservation Area, approximately 1.5 miles north of the State Road 26 Hatchet Creek Bridge, in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.

The district is overseeing a project that is removing muck from the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne.

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.

To participate in the Silver Springs Ag BMP Cost-Share Program, projects must be located primarily within the boundaries 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.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

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Prescribed burn today at Black Creek Ravines in Clay County

The district is conducting a 100-acre prescribed burn Friday at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems.

All areas of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive are open, but visitors to the nonmotorized trails on Clay Island may encounter detours due to restoration work.

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.

The Booker Park Regional Stormwater Pond is one of three cost-share projects between the city of Palatka and the district coming to completion in March.

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.

A veterans’ group will visit the district-owned Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County.

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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Prescribed fire today at Moses Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County

The district is conducting a 750-acre prescribed burn Thursday in the northeast corner of the Moses Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County. The purpose of the burn is fuel reduction and maintaining fire-dependent natural communities.

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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.

Fellsmere Water Management Area in Indian River County is already drawing anglers to its waters.

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.

April is Water Conservation Month, an ideal time to consider planting drought-tolerant plants.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall totals across the district.

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.

Governing Board members Doug Bournique, Douglas Burnett, Ron Howse, Chuck Drake and Susan Dolan, District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle, Board Chairman John Miklos, State Sen. David Simmons, and Board members Allan Roberts and Janet Price.

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.

Orange line on map shows an alternate trail opened Feb. 2 at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore.

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.

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle speaks at this morning’s celebration at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area. Governing Board member Chuck Drake, left, also spoke.

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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Prescribed fire today at Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County

The district is conducting a 1,030-acre prescribed burn Friday at the Clay Island portion of Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County. The burn could temporarily delay or detour visitors on the southwest portion of the Loop Trail on Clay Island. The burn’s purpose is to promote biodiversity of fire-dependent species.

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Prescribed fire today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

The district is conducting a 30-acre controlled burn Friday at the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is hazardous fuel reduction, ecological enhancement of Bartram’s ixia, a rare wildflower endemic to northeast Florida, and general ecological maintenance.

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Prescribed fire today at Seminole Ranch Conservation Area in Brevard County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 1,741-acre prescribed fire Thursday in Brevard County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations, maintain pyric ecosystems, and improve habitat. The fire was set by aerial ignition.

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Prescribed fire today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 270-acre prescribed burn Thursday at the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County, along Burnt Island Road to Lake Road. For public safety, Burnt Island Road and Cooter Bob Road and access to the Burnt Island boat launch and fishing pier are closed during the burn.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 235-acre prescribed fire Wednesday at the Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County, south of Barr’s Road and west of Patty Wiggins Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent natural communities. The Barr’s Hammock campsite and trails within the burn area will be closed during the burn.

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

The district is conducting a 127-acre prescribed fire Wednesday at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reintroduce fire into fire-dependent ecosystems.

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Prescribed fire today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 358-acre prescribed fire Tuesday at the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County, off U.S. 301 near Burnt Island Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.

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Prescribed fire today at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

The district is conducting a 225-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County, west of the north parking lot along Southeast 182nd Avenue. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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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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Prescribed fire today at Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County

The district is conducting a 98-acre prescribed fire Monday at the Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County, near the intersection of Bartram Park Boulevard and Old St. Augustine Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain fire frequency in the sandhill community.

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Prescribed fire today at Heart Island Conservation Area in Volusia County

The district is conducting a 174-acre prescribed burn Monday at the Heart Island Conservation Area, approximately four miles north of State Road 40 at the end of Chesser Hammock Road, in Volusia County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Murphy Creek Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 291-acre controlled burn Friday at the Murphy Island portion of the Murphy Creek Conservation Area in Putnam County, just south of Palatka. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

Prescribed fire today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

The district is conducting a 1,152-acre controlled burn Friday at the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County, just south of the Shands Bridge and State Road 16. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 186-acre controlled burn Friday at the Newnans Lake Conservation Area, a mile north of State Road 26 and just east of Hatchet Creek in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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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.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.

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.

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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.

The district will use a helicopter to ignite two prescribed fires today at Three Forks Marsh Conservation Area in Brevard County

Prescribed fires today at Three Forks Marsh Conservation Area in Brevard County

The district is conducting two prescribed fires totaling 5,800 acres in Brevard County. The fire was set by aerial ignition.

Prescribed fire today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 120-acre controlled burn Wednesday at the Bayard Conservation Area along County Road 209 in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and promote fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 234-acre controlled burn Wednesday at the Hatchet Creek Tract of the Newnans Lake Conservation Area, north of the Hatchet Creek Bridge on State Road 26, in Alachua County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and promote fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County

The district is conducting an 1,100-acre prescribed burn Wednesday at the Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County, on the east side of the river, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Ocala National Forest.

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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

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 212-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County, along the north side of Georgetown Denver Road and along either side of Fill Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 1,095-acre prescribed burn Friday at the Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County, between Fish Camp Road and Truck Trail 1. The burn will include both sides of Truck Trail 2, a portion of which will be closed to ensure public safety.

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Prescribed fire today at Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County

The district is conducting a 105-acre prescribed burn Friday in the Long Branch area of the Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park, near the north end of the property, in Orange County.

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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 164-acre prescribed burn Thursday on the River Styx portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County, four miles northwest of the intersection of County Roads 325 and 346. The purpose of the burn includes reintroducing fire to a pyric ecosystem and reducing hazardous fuel loads.

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Prescribed fire today at Moccasin Island in Brevard County

The district is conducting a 3,500-acre prescribed burn at Moccasin Island in Brevard County, requiring the closure of the tract to public access. The fire was set by aerial ignition.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 273-acre prescribed burn Wednesday at the Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County, north of Georgetown Denver Road and along either side of Fill Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.

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Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 259-acre controlled burn Wednesday at the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County, about 2.5 miles south of State Road 26 and immediately west of County Road 234. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

Orange line on map shows an alternate trail opened Feb. 2 at the district’s 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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Prescribed fire today at Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County

The district is conducting a 100-acre prescribed fire today at the Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County. The purpose of the burn is fuel reduction and maintaining a consistent fire interval.

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Prescribed fire today at Deep Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County

The district is conducting a 171-acre prescribed fire today at the Deep Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County. The purpose of the burn includes fuel reduction, ecological improvement and maintaining a consistent fire interval.

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Prescribed fire today at Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 137-acre prescribed fire today at the Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County. The purpose of the burn is fuel reduction and preparation for future growing season burns.

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Prescribed fire today at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

The district is conducting an 822-acre prescribed burn at the Sunnyhill South tract in Marion County, requiring the closure of the tract to public access. The fire was set by aerial ignition.

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Prescribed fire today at Rice Creek Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 158-acre prescribed burn today at Rice Creek Conservation Area immediately south of State Road 100 and east of the Rice Creek bridge in Putnam County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 226-acre prescribed burn on the Sunnyhill North Tract along the southern boundary and adjacent to the Blue House and district facilities. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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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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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 99-acre prescribed burn at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve on the River Styx tract, four miles northwest of the intersection of County Road 325 and County Road 346, in Alachua County.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County

The district is conducting a 70-acre prescribed burn at Lake Apopka North Shore directly south of the district’s Lake Apopka Field Station, west of County Road 448A and north of the McDonald Canal boat ramp.

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Prescribed fire today at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

The district is conducting a 296-acre prescribed burn on the Sunnyhill Restoration Area South Tract in Marion County, just south of the parking area. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels and increase forage for cattle and wildlife.

Prescribed fire reduces the chances of wildfire on district lands.

Prescribed fire today at Moccasin Island in Brevard County

The district is conducting a prescribed burn today on 300 acres on Moccasin Island just west of Viera. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels that cause wildfires and maintenance of fire-dependent natural communities.

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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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Two prescribed fires today in Lake and Alachua counties

The St. Johns River Water Management District is taking advantage of ideal weather conditions to conduct two prescribed burns at properties; one in Lake County and one in Alachua County.

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Prescribed fire today Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County

The district is conducting an 87-acre controlled burn today at Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park, on the northern portion of the property north of Dallas Boulevard, south of County Road 13 and west of State Road 520, in Orange County. The purpose of the burn is ecological maintenance of fire-dependent natural communities and vegetation buildup reduction for wildfire prevention/severity reduction.

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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.

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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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Prescribed fire today at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County

The district is conducting a 177-acre prescribed burn on the Sunnyhill Restoration Area North Tract in Marion County, at the southeast corner of the property along 182nd Avenue Road. The southern trailhead, off 182nd Avenue, will be closed for the duration of the burn. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels near an adjacent subdivision and maintenance of fire-dependent natural communities.

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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.

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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 25-acre prescribed burn at the River Styx portion of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County, about four miles northwest of the intersection of County Road (CR) 325 and CR 346. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and reintroduce fire to a pyric ecosystem.

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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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Prescribed fire today at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 39-acre prescribed burn at the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Alachua County, about 1.5 miles northwest of the intersection of County Road (CR) 325 and CR 346 and just west of the Longleaf Flatwoods Field Station. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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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.

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Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 163-acre controlled burn at the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County, about 1.5 miles north of State Road 26 and just west of Hatchet Creek. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed fire today at Heart Island Conservation Area in Volusia County

The district is conducting a 125-acre controlled burn at Heart Island Conservation Area in Volusia County, about a mile north of Highway 40 along the east side of Chessor Hammock Road (Truck Trail 11). The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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

The district is conducting two aerial burns today at the Blue Cypress Conservation Area in Indian River County. The first prescribed burn is 400 acres and located east of County Road 512. The second burn is 800 acres and located north of State Road 60 and west of County Road 512. The purpose the burns is to remove invasive plants from a vegetation enhancement area as well as prepare the area for a future restoration project.

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

The district is conducting a 289-acre burn Thursday at the Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce fuel loads and maintain an appropriate fire return interval.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 99-acre prescribed burn at the Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County at the intersection of Truck Trail 2 and Harris Fish Camp Road. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Prescribed burn today at Lake Norris Conservation Area in Lake County

The district is conducting a 152-acre prescribed burn today at the Lake Norris Conservation Area in Lake County. The purpose of the burn is to prepare the area for future planting as well as maintain fire-dependent natural communities.

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Prescribed burn at Micco Stormwater Park in Brevard County

The district is conducting a 30-acre prescribed burn today at the Micco Stormwater Park in Brevard County. The purpose of the burn is to prepare the area for a future burn in a few weeks.

Although Lake Apopka still has a need for restoration, improving water quality has been observed. Growth rates for bass and crappie in Lake Apopka are among the highest in Florida. (Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

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.

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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.

A pilot program uses partnership funding to replace septic tanks with new technology.

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.

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle and partners gathered today to celebrate the Cocoa Beach dredging project.

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.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam County

The district is conducting a 122-acre prescribed burn at the Lake George Conservation Area today at the intersection of Cumbie and Denver roads, east of the Jumping Gully group campsite. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations around an adjacent commercial fernery in preparation for an upcoming aerial burn.

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

Prescribed burn today at Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County

The district is conducting a 105-acre prescribed burn today at Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County. The burn area is in the southwest corner of the property with smoke visible from County Road 455 in Lake County. The purpose of the burn is for the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems.

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Prescribed burn today at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County

The district is partnering with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct a 74-acre prescribed burn today at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County. The burn area is located north of Yale Canal and west of Emeralda Island Road. The purpose of the burn is to remove previously treated invasive plants from a vegetation enhancement area.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake George Conservation Area in Volusia County

The District is conducting a 329-acre prescribed fire today at the Lake George Conservation Area in Volusia County west of Truck Trail 2 between Barrs Road and Middle Road. The purpose of the prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and improve access for timber marking in preparation for an upcoming timber sale.

Work is under way on the Ocean Palm subdivision and city golf course flood protection project.

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.

One of three retention ponds, now complete, were constructed to provide water treatment and storage.

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.

Fill material is used to repair a levee breach at the district’s Lake Apopka 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.

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Prescribed burn at Lake Apopka North Shore in Orange County

The district is conducting a small prescribed burn today at the Lake Apopka North Shore in Orange County. The purpose of the burn is to burn fuels away from sensitive restoration planting areas as the district prepares to perform a larger burn in a few weeks.

Last year’s agricultural cost share funded a micro-drip irrigation conversion project 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.

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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.

The district regularly tours restoration projects at the Lake Apopka North Shore. Pictured: Dr. Erich Marzolf, Dr. Ann Shortelle, Karl Hankin, and Bob Naleway

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 Intergovernmental Coordinator Geoff Sample (left) and District Technical Program Coordinator Suzanne Archer (right) presented a $246,033 check to L&M Farms operations manager Adam Lytch and L&M Farms/Cracker Swamp general manager Larry Corn on Oct. 23.

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.

Several days of dry weather allowed significant progress on repairs to the lake-side levee, which will eventually be capped with limerock.

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.

Floodwaters have gone down approximately 18 inches at the marsh flow way as of Friday, Oct. 27.

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.

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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.

An earlier project removed the gate doors, allowing crews to resurface the structure’s concrete.

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.

In some areas, water levels are about three feet above the desired level.

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.

A Blue School Grant last year funded a water quality project studying a school’s stormwater systems. These students are pictured completing a data sheet and sampling for the study.

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.

Pipe is placed in trenches in sub-irrigation drain tile projects.

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. 

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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.

In some areas of the Lake Apopka North Shore, water levels dropped by about three inches over two weeks. Many areas remain underwater.

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. 

District Project Manager Melisa Diolosa reviews a stormwater project in Fellsmere with the city’s community development director, Mark Mathes.

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.

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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.

A floating barrier is installed to minimize additional damage to a levee at the district’s 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.

Repairs are underway in areas where water has receded at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore.

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.

City and state officials gather to break ground on the new project. Pictured left to right: City of Winter Garden Mayor, John Rees; Michael Bollhoefer, City Manager; Bob Buchanan, City Commissioner; Lisa Bennett, City Commissioner; Lisa Kelley, St. Johns River Water Management District; Kim Rush, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; QLH/Mead & Hunt, Kevin Lee.

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.

The C-54 Canal at the Brevard-Indian River county border has reopened now that the gates are closed.

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.

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.

Staff are working diligently to clear district lands following Hurricane Irma.

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.

Staff are working diligently to clear district lands following Hurricane Irma.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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.

District REDI/Innovative cost-share funds were awarded to Palatka in fiscal year 2016-2017 toward a backup generator to prevent loss of electrical supply to its 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.

District staff opened gates in the Upper St. Johns River Basin to create more storage within the district headwaters to avoid sending additional water north in the St. Johns River.

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.

District projects chief Robert Zammataro, a professional engineer, was part of a team supporting the city of Jacksonville’s recovery efforts by inspecting structures for Hurricane Irma damage.

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 crews pump floodwaters from Porpoise Point in 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.

District has deployed portable pumps and generators to alleviate flooding in several counties. Tommy Greer, of the district’s Bureau of Operations and Maintenance, is working today in Hawthorne.

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.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive at Roach Road and Laughlin Road.

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.

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle, Tommy Greer and D.J. Brock were onsite Tuesday to pump floodwaters from a health care facility in Putnam County.

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.

District staff are monitoring surface water levels as Hurricane Irma approaches.

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.

District staff began securing the Palm Bay Service Center in preparation for the 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.

District staff have begun posting notices to announce the closure of public lands ahead of Hurricane Irma.

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.

A water control structure at the St. Johns Water Management Area in Indian River County at the headwaters of the St. Johns River.

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.

The district regularly monitors groundwater levels and water quality.

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).

Pictured from left: Putnam County Commissioners Buddy Goddard, Bill Pickens, Larry Harvey; SJRWMD Executive Director Ann Shortelle, Vulcan VP/GM Dean Sunas, SJRWMD Board Member Douglas Burnett, Florida State Representative (19th) Bobby Payne, Vulcan Environmental Manager Mike O’Berry

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. 

A second-generation baffle box was installed near South Patrick Drive in Brevard County and will capture nitrogen and phosphorus before they can reach the Banana River Lagoon.

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.

Palm Coast Commissioners Nick Klufas and Heidi Shipley, Mayor Milissa Holland, Environmental Compliance Manager Brian Matthews, Stormwater Manager Mike Brennan, SJRWMD Intergovernmental Coordinator Jim Troiano, Commissioners Steven Nobile and Robert Cuff.

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.

The revamped district website can be accessed easily from desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.

District launches new, improved website

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

Mary-Lou Pickles, director of the district’s Office of Financial Services, displays the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award with members of her team.

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.

This new coin may be found at geocaches on 14 district properties.

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.

Weather conditions direct smoke away from a community during a previous prescribed burn.

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.

Left to right: Putnam County Public Works Director Press Tompkins, Commissioner Chip Laibl, Commissioner Buddy Goddard, Chair Larry Harvey, Commissioner Bill Pickens, County Attorney/Administrator Stacey Manning, SJRWMD Intergovernmental Coordinator Jim Troiano and Assistant Public Works Director Mike Nimitz.

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.

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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.

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

Prescribed fire today at Crescent Lake Conservation Area in Volusia County

The district is conducting a 149-acre prescribed fire today at Crescent Lake Conservation Area in Volusia County, northwest of the group campsite. The purpose of the prescribed fire is to promote native species and ecological diversity.

The district’s Lake Apopka North Shore has become a popular recreation area in central Florida.

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.

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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.

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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).

Prescribed fire reduces the chances of wildfire on district lands.

Prescribed fire today at Pellicer Creek Conservation Area in Flagler County

The district conducted a 217-acre prescribed fire July 12 at Pellicer Creek Conservation Area in Flagler County, west of U.S. 1 to maintain a healthy ecosystem and to reduce fuels that can cause wildfires.

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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.

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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.

Reclaimed water, typically indicated by purple pipes, offers significant potential as an alternative water supply.

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.

The first of 138 homes in a Rockledge neighborhood have switched from septic to sewer.

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.

A campground creates the needed underground infrastructure to connect to a central sewer system.

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.

A helicopter was used to ignite fires to burn out a wildfire in Brevard County.

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.

The St. Johns River Water Management District will burn out a wildfire in Brevard County on Tuesday.

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.

The St. Johns River Water Management District will burn out a wildfire in Brevard County on Tuesday.

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.

The muck dredger is currently pumping muck from the Eau Gallie River on the east side of U.S. 1. This aerial image is looking south, with the Indian River Lagoon in top of the photo.

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.

Annual report shows recent water use increase as rainfall decreases

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.

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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.

Purple pipes used for reclaimed water lines

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.

Florida Water Star award recipients (L-R): C.J. Davila with Florida Green Building Coalition; Nathan Ritter with GreenBuilt Solutions; Merry Mott with Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association; Phillip Hisey with On Top of the World; and Eileen Burke with Florida Home Partnership.

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 is a water conservation certification program that includes water efficiency guidelines indoors and outdoors.

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.

District staff loaded surplus items last Friday for donation to the town of Pomona Park.

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.

A previous project at the Moss Bluff Dam required replacing a hydraulic cylinder.

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.

Governing Board members Gen. Douglas Burnett, Doug Bournique, Chairman John Miklos, Charles “Chuck” Drake and Ron Howse, with District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle

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.

Weather conditions direct smoke away from The Great Outdoors during a previous prescribed burn.

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).

The recently overhauled 900 Building on University Boulevard North

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.

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

Two prescribed burns today in Marion County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting two prescribed burns. The first is at the Sunnyhill Restoration Area and the second is at the Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area. Both burns are in Marion County. The purposes of the burns are to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and the maintenance of fire-dependent ecosystems.

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.

Nearly 80,000 cubic yards of muck have already been removed from the Eau Gallie River.

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 assists with prescribed burn at Little Big Econ State Forest in Seminole County

The district is assisting the Florida Forest Service with a 227-acre prescribed burn at the Little Big Econ State Forest in Seminole County.

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

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.

A prescribed burn is underway today at the Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County.

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.

District staff are burning back Three Forks Marsh Conservation Area to contain a wildfire that ignited on Wednesday.

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 at Eau Gallie commencement

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.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.

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 view of the McDonald Canal, where new recreational facilities recently opened.

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.

A map illustrates rainfall totals across the district.

Little rain means water conservation and prescribed fire remain crucial

PALATKA, Fla., Feb. 14, 2017 — Over the past 12 months, rainfall has remained below average across the St. Johns River Water Management District, resulting in a districtwide rainfall deficit of almost 8 inches. A full report outlining rainfall totals was presented at the district’s February Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

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.

The district’s Lake Apopka North Shore has become a popular recreation area in central Florida.

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 reduces the chances of wildfire on district lands.

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 […]

Prescribed fire helps reduce the possibility of dangerous wildfire while enhancing land’s environmental quality.

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 […]

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 […]

Ponce de Leon Springs in Volusia County

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.

District recognizes benefits of prescribed burns during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, Jan. 22-28

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 23, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is again joining other agencies, local governments and private landowners across the state in the annual recognition of Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, scheduled this year for Jan. 22-28. “Conducting prescribed fires is an ongoing practice we routinely use for fire-dependent species and to help maintain the health and variety of plant and animal life on public lands,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Prescribed fires also help to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires. The district strives to be good stewards […]

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 […]

December rainfall totals below average

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017 — Data compiled by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows rainfall over most of the district remained below average during the past 12 months. A full report outlining rainfall totals was presented at the district’s January Governing Board meeting. “Recent dry conditions reinforce the importance of providing sufficient water for people and the environment,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “In pursuit of this balance, we’ll continue to promote water conservation as it plays a significant role in determining future water supply needs.” Looking at annual rainfall […]

St. Johns, Suwannee River governing boards to consider North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan Jan. 17 in joint meeting

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 10, 2017 — The governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts are meeting Jan. 17 to jointly consider the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan. The plan looks at the sustainability of water supplies 20 years into the future and identifies potential future water supply sources. The boards’ consideration of the plan is the culmination of a four-year public process that included 36 Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings, more than 50 other stakeholder meetings and two public workshops.

Sleepy Creek permit application withdrawn from Board agenda

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 9, 2017 — Due to a legal challenge, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will not consider Consumptive Use Permit 91926-4 for applicant Sleepy Creek Land, LLC at the January 10 Governing Board meeting. Petitions for a formal administrative hearing have been filed by multiple parties objecting to the staff recommendation for approval of the application. The permit application is a modification of an existing permit and allocates additional 1.22 million gallons per day (mgd) for a total of 2.68 mgd from 2017 through 2023, requiring a nearly 50 percent reduction for years 2024 […]

Public invited to attend informational meeting on proposed Bull Creek Wildlife Management area land exchange

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 6, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is holding a meeting to share updated information with the public about a proposed land exchange involving the Bull Creek Wildlife Management Area. The public will have an opportunity to listen to a detailed presentation about the proposal followed by public comment. Information related to the proposed exchange will be available on the district’s website beginning Sunday, January 15, 2017. What: Public Meeting When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 6-8 p.m. Where: Brevard County Commission Chambers 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way Viera, FL 32940

Temporary water drawdown in upper St. Johns River to aid in updating hydro models

PALM BAY, Fla., Jan. 4, 2017 — St. Johns River Water Management District plans to temporarily lower water levels slightly in two areas of the headwaters of the St. Johns River to facilitate land elevation data collection. These new data will update hydrologic models and ensure environmental goals for both project areas are met. “Ground elevations in both the Blue Cypress Water Management Area and Ft. Drum Marsh Conservation Area are based on only a few old survey transects,” said District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “A temporary drawdown – less than a foot in Blue Cypress – will allow […]

Birding brings thousands to Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore has become one of the premier locations to observe birds in the southeastern United States. From Jan. 20-22 it will set the stage for the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza. “Water management districts are charged by the Florida Legislature with managing and restoring lands to their natural state and condition to the extent practical,” said district Land Resources Bureau Chief Steve Miller. “When we do that, those lands become prime habitat for many wildlife species. Birds respond dramatically to available […]

Controlled burn today at Kenansville Lake in Indian River County

PALM BAY, Fla., Dec. 29, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 700-acre prescribed fire today at Kenansvilee Lake in Indian River County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to reduce fuel loads that contribute to wildfires.

St. Johns County teachers receive thousands in grant dollars

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 20, 2016 — Three St. Johns County schoolteachers are receiving grant funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District’s new Blue School Grant Program for projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics. The program offers financial support for teachers working to promote water resource protection through hands-on learning opportunities.

District approves permit, contributes funding for Osprey Acres Stormwater Park

PALM BAY, Fla., Dec. 19, 2016 — St. Johns River Water Management District regulatory staff have approved a permit application for a stormwater park in Indian River County that will capture nutrients from a 9,780-acre watershed before they can reach the Indian River Lagoon. “Osprey Acres will support a district core mission by improving water quality through nutrient reduction,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Osprey Acres also supports another core mission – protecting natural systems – by preserving more than 60 acres of uplands and creating roughly 17 acres of aquatic habitat for […]

Media Advisory – Temporary trailhead closure at Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 16, 2016 — The North Shore Trailhead, located within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore, will temporarily close to accommodate bridge repairs within the property.

Citizens help survey during the Christmas Bird Count

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 15, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the National Audubon Society for its 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Several district properties will host birdwatchers during the nationwide event.

Refurbished Taylor Creek Reservoir structure provides flood protection, water supply benefits

PALM BAY, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection celebrated the rehabilitation of a water control structure at Taylor Creek Reservoir that provides flood protection and water supply benefits to Brevard and Osceola counties.

District lands are for the birds in January

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 — During three days in January, birds will take center stage at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza. Registration is now open for a variety of activities during the festival, including tours of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore, a popular birding destination.

Board approves MFLs to protect water resources and habitat in DeLeon Springs and Cowpen Lake

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board Tuesday approved moving forward with proposed rule amendments to adopt minimum flows for DeLeon Springs in Volusia County and amend minimum water levels for Lake Cowpen in Putnam County.

Board approves ranking of REDI community and innovative projects to share $5 million

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on Tuesday approved the ranking of projects that will share in $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.

District promotes water conservation as rainfall totals continue to decline

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016 — Data compiled by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows a lack of rainfall during November which left much of Central Florida as one of the driest the areas for that month. A full report outlining rainfall totals for November and the previous 12 months was presented at the district’s December Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

Controlled burn today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 9, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 786-acre controlled burn Friday at the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce fuels and improve the health of the forest.

Controlled burn today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 8, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 160-acre prescribed burn Thursday 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 prepare the site for reforestation into longleaf pine and to reduce fuel loads.

Media advisory – Youth deer hunt to be held on district lands

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 8, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a youth deer hunt Dec. 9-11 at the River Styx portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the north tract of Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

New Umatilla project protects surface waters and wetlands

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 5, 2016 — Work is nearly complete on upgrades to the city of Umatilla’s wastewater system, which includes about 17,500 linear feet of gravity sewer line and 65 manholes. The St. Johns River Water Management District committed $500,000 to this phase of the project, which complements other projects meant to improve the city’s wastewater infrastructure.

New Tiger Bay weir offers both water quality and quantity benefits

PALATKA, Fla., Dec. 2, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District, with the city of Daytona Beach, Volusia County and the Florida Forest Service, celebrated Friday the completion of a new weir across Tiger Bay Canal that enhances recharge to the aquifer system, benefits nearby Indian Lake and decreases stormwater discharges to the Tomoka/Halifax river system.

Partnership leads to investment of more than $1 million to help secure Florida’s water supply

MAITLAND, Fla., Dec. 2, 2016 — Work is nearly complete on the installation of 1.5 miles of reclaimed water main within the city of Apopka. The St. Johns River Water Management District provided $231,254 for the project, which complements other reclaimed water projects in the city.

Controlled burn today at Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County

PALM BAY, Fla., Nov. 30, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 53-acre prescribed fire today at the Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to enhance scrubby flatwoods for the Florida scrub jay and other wildlife species.

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

PALM BAY, Fla., Nov. 18, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 1,000-acre prescribed fire today at the Blue Cypress Conservation Area in Indian River County. The purpose of the controlled burn is to reduce organic fuels in an area north of the property’s boat ramp.

District builds safer lagoon monitoring platforms

PALM BAY, Fla., Nov. 17, 2016 — St. Johns River Water Management District researchers will be safer while checking the status of water quality monitoring equipment in the Indian River Lagoon, thanks to new platforms the agency is constructing at five locations.

District Governing Board elects officers

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on Tuesday re-elected John A. Miklos of Orlando to serve as board chairman for a fourth year.

Average annual rainfall is below average districtwide

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 — Despite experiencing above average rainfall across most of the St. Johns River Water Management District during October, the district continues to see a deficit when compared to a 12-month average. A full report outlining rainfall totals for October and the previous 12 months was presented at November’s Governing Board meeting.

Board approves $1.5 million in agricultural cost-share projects

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board Tuesday approved the rankings of projects that will share $1.5 million in agricultural cost-share funds to assist farmers, growers and ranchers in water conservation projects that conserve water and result in nutrient loading reductions.

Bike rides bring additional traffic to Lake Apopka Loop Trail

MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 14, 2016 — Visitors to the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect additional bicycle traffic on western segments of the non-motorized loop trail on select dates.

Media advisory – Youth deer hunt to be held on district lands

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 10, 2016 — 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 deer hunt Nov. 11-13 at the River Styx portion of Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the north tract of Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

Veterans group visits Sunnyhill Restoration Area for deer hunt

MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 10, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County will host veteran’s group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided deer hunt Nov. 15-17.

All SJRWMD public lands have reopened for fall recreation

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 9, 2016 — All St. Johns River Water Management District lands are open once again to the pubic after extensive cleanup following Hurricane Matthew last month. The Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area reopened late last week in time for the start of hunting season, and Pellicer Creek Conservation Area reopened Tuesday.

Media Advisory – Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive open on Veterans Day

MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 7, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s popular wildlife drive at Lake Apopka is open on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

Media Advisory – Public workshop Nov. 9 on DeLeon Springs and Lake Cowpen MFLs

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 7, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is holding a rule development workshop to provide information and receive public comments on proposed rule amendments to adopt minimum flows for DeLeon Springs in Volusia County and amend minimum water levels for Lake Cowpen in Putnam County.

North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan headed for Governing Board consideration

PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 4, 2016 — The stakeholder advisory committee of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership Wednesday unanimously voted to support and recommend approval of the draft regional water supply plan for north Florida to the governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts. The committee has served as an advisory body since June 2012 to offer viewpoints from stakeholder groups to the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to help address the region’s water supply challenges. As its final action, the committee then voted to dissolve itself, having completed the tasks for which it was created.

Watering restrictions change Nov. 6

MAITLAND, Fla., Nov. 1, 2016 — Reset your sprinklers when you reset your clocks to mark the end of daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The change coincides with a shift in watering restrictions across the St. Johns River Water Management District, designed to ensure the efficient use of water for landscape irrigation.

District’s new Blue School Grant Program accepting applications through Nov. 30

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 31, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is launching a new educational grant program to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics. The Blue School Grant Program offers financial support for teachers working to promote water resource protection through hands-on learning opportunities.

Media Advisory: North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership to hold final meeting Nov. 2

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016 — The stakeholder advisory committee of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership is holding its final meeting Wednesday, Nov. 2. The agenda includes a proposed consensus recommendation in support of the draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan, which was recently released for public review and comment. The committee will also consider a motion to dissolve itself, having completed the tasks for which it was created.

Scientists install water monitors in Upper St. Johns River Basin

PALM BAY, Fla., Oct. 24, 2016 — St. Johns River Water Management District scientists have installed four water quality monitors in the headwaters of the St. Johns River to help the district best manage the black water systems and marshes of the waterway.

New trails open on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 20, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is opening 2.5 miles of new trails on the popular district-owned Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The new segments will help alleviate traffic bottlenecks.

Additional $1.5 million to benefit Indian River Lagoon

PALM BAY, Fla., Oct. 19, 2016 — An additional $1.5 million for restoration work is set to benefit the Indian River Lagoon. The Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) is allocating the funding through its cooperative assistance program for the dredging of muck from the Eau Gallie River. This additional money raises the total FIND contribution to $3.9 million. Other funding partners include DEP, which is providing $20 million approved by the Legislature in 2014 and 2015, and the city of Melbourne, which contributed $50,000 for the initial feasibility study.

Public workshops Oct. 25 and Nov. 3 on draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016 — The St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts are conducting two public workshops to discuss the draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan and to take public comment.

One week after Matthew, SJRWMD looks back at impacts, forward to recovery

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 14, 2016 — Only a week ago, Hurricane Matthew skirted the east coast of Florida, causing severe flooding and damage from strong winds. Since then, the St. Johns River Water Management District has been working with local governments and other stakeholders in their recovery efforts by providing pumps and personnel to lower floodwaters and assess damage from the storm.

Southern recreational public meeting Oct. 20 in Viera

PALM BAY, Fla., Oct. 13, 2016 — A land management update, the Upper St. Johns River Basin project and the Fellsmere Water Management Area Recreation Plan are among the items to be discussed Oct. 20 during the St. Johns River Water Management District’s southern recreational area public meeting.

Upper Basin Project performed flawlessly during Hurricane Matthew

PALM BAY, Fla., Oct. 13, 2016 — One of the largest flood control and marsh restoration projects in the world proved itself once again during Hurricane Matthew.

Teams of district staff partnering with local governments on damage assessments

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 12, 2016 — Fifteen staff members from the St. Johns River Water Management District partnered with local government staff to canvas four north Florida counties this week to survey damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Board approves emergency order, permit deadlines extended

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 11, 2016 — In support of post-hurricane recovery efforts, the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) has authorized certain flood relief measures for local governments and property owners who need to pump or divert floodwaters. The Governing Board today approved an emergency order that also gives permit holders additional time to comply with permit conditions that will come due after Oct. 5. The board’s action extends the duration of permits that expire between Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.

A map illustrates rainfall through Oct. 9 in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 11, 2016 — As Hurricane Matthew traveled Florida’s east coast, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county service area received widespread rain, with the highest rainfall totals experienced in the northern coastal areas of the state. A full report of the storm’s impacts before and immediately after the storm was presented at today’s Governing Board meeting.

District working with water supply utilities to reduce water use

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 11, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board approved two water permit renewals today that reflect a decreased allocation of approximately 197 million gallons of water per year in central Florida. District staff worked with the cities of Belleview and Maitland on efforts to implement water-saving measures, including greater use of reclaimed water, system leak detection and water conserving rate structures, resulting in significant reductions to their consumptive use permits.

Levees in good shape, many public lands reopening

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2016 — As the post-hurricane recovery continues in northeast and central Florida coastal counties, the St. Johns River Water Management District today reopened its offices as well as nearly 20 conservation areas. District employees have worked more than 400 staff hours over the recovery period, inspecting levees, structures and public lands. Staff are also assisting local governments in their work to alleviate flooding.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens Oct. 10

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 9, 2016 — After completing inspections and cleanup, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will reopen on Monday, Oct. 10. The nonmotorized Lake Apopka Loop Trail will remain closed as land managers continue cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Pumping continues in northeast Florida to alleviate flooding

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 9, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District continued recovery efforts today in the Jacksonville Beach area in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Flooding assessments, pump distribution and other efforts support post-hurricane recovery

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 8, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is assisting state and local governments with recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Navigation through Burrell, Moss Bluff and Apopka locks suspended

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 6, 2016 — Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Matthew, navigation through the Burrell Lock, Moss Bluff Lock and the Apopka Lock and Dam will be temporarily suspended as of noon today (Oct. 6).

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive closes in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 6, 2016 — Effective immediately, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, and all lands owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District, are closed to public access and recreation.

District closes offices and public lands in preparation for Hurricane Matthew

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 5, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District will close its offices districtwide on Thursday and Friday to give employees time to prepare their homes for Hurricane Matthew. Additionally, all district public lands are closing as of sunset today.

District urges preparedness as Hurricane Matthew approaches

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 5, 2016 — As Florida’s east coast braces for impacts from Hurricane Matthew, the St. Johns River Water Management District will close its Palm Bay Service Center at 3 p.m. today, and the office will remain closed on Thursday and Friday. District management will continue to evaluate the path of the storm and may close other offices and public lands as conditions intensify.

District Governing Board will meet in Palatka on Oct. 11

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 5, 2016 — Preparing for the possibility of impacts from Hurricane Matthew later this week, the St. Johns River Water Management District will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting at its Palatka headquarters on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The board had been scheduled to meet off-site Tuesday in Ormond Beach as part of its ongoing commitment to being accessible to the public and stakeholders.

District website provides information to help prepare for Hurricane Matthew

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 4, 2016 — With the likelihood of Hurricane Matthew nearing the coasts of east-central and northeast Florida later this week, 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 the storm page on the district’s website, www.sjrwmd.com/storm, for easy access to flooding information, water levels and other resources.

Public invited to review draft regional water supply plan for north Florida

PALATKA, Fla., Oct. 4, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water and Suwannee River water management districts today released the draft North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan for public review and comment. The release of the draft plan is the result of a four-year collaborative process that looked at the sustainability of water supplies 20 years into the future and identifies potential future water supply sources.

Media Advisory – Participate in the annual HalloWeed invasive plant count

MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 3, 2016 — The community is invited to join St. Johns River Water Management District staff as they participate in the Annual HalloWeed Count, a statewide data collection event to identify and map invasive plants.

Get the facts — Recreation safety at Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 30, 2016 — Recent news reports and social media posts have raised concerns about the alligator population near the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore and the safety of visitors to the area.

District’s quick action helps bring 1,500 jobs to the Jacksonville area

PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 29, 2016 — More than 1,000 jobs are headed to northeast Florida after Amazon announces the opening of its new fulfillment center. The St. Johns River Water Management District supported the move by quickly assessing and issuing environmental resource permits (ERP) for the 105-acre warehouse facility. The applicant and district employees remained committed to working collaboratively through the permitting process to achieve this positive result.

District launches audio guide for Lake Apopka North Shore

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 28, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is launching an audio guide for visitors to its Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. The audio guide, which can be streamed through mobile devices, provides visitors with a narrative on the area’s history, wildlife and district-led restoration efforts.

SJRWMD budget reduces tax rate, funds water resource protection projects

PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 27, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board today approved its fiscal year 2016-2017 budget, which will provide 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 voted to reduce the millage rate for taxpayers for a fourth year.

District and Orange County Utilities partner on water savings program

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 20, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with Orange County Utilities on a project that could realize a 4.9 percent water savings for residential utility customers. The district contributed $112,334 toward the project as part of its cooperative cost-share program.

Cost-share project applications accepted now through Oct. 13

PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 19, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications now through Oct. 13 to share in $5 million in cost-share funding for rural communities and innovative projects that support the agency’s core missions.

SJRWMD drinking water supplies not at risk from phosphate mine spill in Polk County

PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 19, 2016 — Drinking water supplies in the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District are not at risk from a recent Polk County phosphate mine spill caused by a sinkhole, according to district scientists.

Volunteer Service Award to Mary Prescott for 15 years of service to community Firewise

Award honors volunteer’s service to wildfire education

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 14, 2016 — Tuesday afternoon, the St. Johns River Water Management District presented Mary Prescott from Orlando, Florida, with the Bob Owens award for volunteer service. Prescott received the award for her service to her local Firewise program, a national program that emphasizes community involvement and educates residents on ways to reduce the risk of wildland fire igniting homes.

Media Advisory: Central recreational public meeting scheduled for Sept. 21

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 14, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management 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.

August sees below average rainfall across the district

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 13, 2016 — Continuing an unusually low rainfall pattern from July, rainfall during August was below average across most of the St. Johns River Water Management District. All counties except Brevard, Indian River and Okeechobee had below average rainfall.

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District and UF scientists discuss progress made in second year of springs science investigation

PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 9, 2016 — More than 50 scientists and engineers with the St. Johns River Water Management District and University of Florida (UF) met Sept. 9 to report on progress made in the second year of a three-year partnership to enhance the scientific foundation needed to develop solutions to restore and protect Florida’s springs.

Media Alert: Public meeting to review draft of water bodies priority list and schedule

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 8, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is hosting two public meetings to provide information and hear public comments on the draft 2016 Minimum Flows and Levels Priority List and Schedule.

Pair of projects to provide stormwater treatment in Leesburg

MAITLAND, Fla., Sept. 1, 2016 — Two projects that received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District will provide stormwater treatment for residential and commercial areas of downtown Leesburg.

Media Advisory: Technical meeting to discuss springs science set for Sept. 9

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 31, 2016 — Scientists and engineers from the St. Johns River Water Management District and the University of Florida (UF) are holding a technical meeting Sept. 9 in Gainesville to discuss the progress of the district’s Springs Protection Initiative science program. The project meeting will focus on technical details related to the progress of six collaborative workgroups during the recently completed second year of the scientific investigation.

District funds innovative stormwater project in Alachua County

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 30, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is teaming up with Alachua County, the University of Florida and UF Shands to undertake an innovative stormwater project designed to recharge Florida’s aquifer while simultaneously capturing and treating pollutants.

District website provides flooding information, links to prepare for storms

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 30, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s website provides easy access to flooding information and other resources that can help before, during and after severe storms.

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District staff member helps fight California wildfire, gains valuable experience

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 29, 2016 — An employee with the St. Johns River Water Management District recently traveled to California to help firefighters contain an active wildfire that spans 33,000 acres. Jeremy Johnson, a land management technician in the district’s Bureau of Land Resources, is wrapping up a 14-day assignment on the west coast.

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A new 1 million gallon reclaimed water storage tank will soon provide reclaimed water to new residential and commercial customers in St. Augustine Beach

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 24, 2016 — Construction is complete on a new 1 million gallon reclaimed water storage tank in St. Augustine Beach that will further extend north Florida’s drinking water supply and protect the Matanzas River. The project is a cost-share partnership between St. Johns County and the St. Johns River Water Management District.

District, partners celebrate milestone at Upper St. Johns River Basin Project

District, partners celebrate milestone at Upper St. Johns River Basin Project

PALM BAY, Fla., Aug. 23, 2016 — Four decades after it was first conceived, one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the world is now complete, although operation and maintenance of the award-winning project will continue.

Work at Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area reaches mid-point

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 22, 2016 — Wrapping up the first phase of work, the St. Johns River Water Management District is on schedule to complete several projects at the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area. The scheduled work is part of the district’s land management plan, which outlines long-term restoration and recreation activities for the property.

Rain sensors signal water savings in Orange County

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 22, 2016 — Building upon a multi-pronged strategy to reduce water use, the St. Johns River Water Management District continues its funding partnership with Orange County Utilities for a rain sensor replacement project.

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Innovative pilot project to evaluate nitrate removal from treated wastewater

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 19, 2016 — Construction is underway on an innovative pilot project in DeLand to help with nitrogen accumulations in the Volusia Blue Spring springshed. The project is a cost-share partnership between the city of DeLand, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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Sebastian stormwater project to improve Indian River Lagoon water quality

PALM BAY, Fla., Aug. 19, 2016 — Now underway, a partnership project between the St. Johns River Water Management District and the city of Sebastian will capture pollutants before they can reach the Indian River Lagoon.

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Veterans group visits Ocklawaha Prairie for alligator hunt

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 18, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County will host veteran’s group Operation Outdoor Freedom for a guided alligator hunt Aug. 19 and 20.

Fast-tracked permit ensures timely kick-off at Showalter Field

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 17, 2016 — With the start of high school football fast approaching, a needed permit for construction work at Showalter Field in Winter Park has been expedited for approval by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Water quality partnership project reduces nutrient loading to the Indian River Lagoon

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 17, 2016 — Work is nearly complete on a project that will reduce nutrient discharges from septic tanks and storm water entering the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The cost-share partnership project between the city of Edgewater and the St. Johns River Water Management District will remove nearly 1,500 pounds of nitrogen and nearly 260 pounds of phosphorus annually from the IRL basin.

New smart meter technology promotes water savings in Ocoee

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 12, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the city of Ocoee in Orange County to help fund smart meter technology that aims to reduce water use and streamline other water conservation efforts.

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District donates dozens of surplus items to REDI community partners

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 11, 2016 — Putnam County schools and the cities of Bunnell, Hawthorne and Palatka are again benefitting from dozens of items surplused from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Lake Apopka pump station construction project moves forward

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 10, 2016 — One of the pump stations located within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore is scheduled for an overhaul. The governing board recently approved the project, which has an estimated budget of $350,000.

Below average rainfall reveals dry July

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016 — July was an unusually dry month across the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county service area. The district’s monthly hydrologic conditions report shows that total rainfall over the past 12 months is more than 4 inches lower than average.

North Florida water supply planning continues to make progress

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District continues to move forward with water supply planning in north Florida, addressing governing board and stakeholders’ questions in preparation for the release of the draft for public comment in September. Staff provided an update today to the district’s governing board.

Board approves contract to continue longtime water data partnership

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016 — For more than 40 years, the St. Johns River Water Management District and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have collaborated on data collection and analysis, sharing water quality and water level information that both agencies use to protect Florida’s water resources. Today, the district’s Governing Board approved its annual joint funding agreement with the USGS, which currently calls for monitoring 71 sites in springs, rivers and streams throughout the district.

District funds water savings program in Apopka

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 2, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the city of Apopka to help fund a water conservation program that targets high water use across residential, commercial and city accounts.

District donates dozens of surplus items to REDI community partners

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 11, 2016 — Putnam County schools and the cities of Bunnell, Hawthorne and Palatka are again benefitting from dozens of items surplused from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Lake Apopka pump station construction project moves forward

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 10, 2016 — One of the pump stations located within the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka North Shore is scheduled for an overhaul. The governing board recently approved the project, which has an estimated budget of $350,000.

North Florida water supply planning continues to make progress

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District continues to move forward with water supply planning in north Florida, addressing governing board and stakeholders’ questions in preparation for the release of the draft for public comment in September. Staff provided an update today to the district’s governing board.

Board approves contract to continue longtime water data partnership

PALATKA, Fla., Aug. 9, 2016 — For more than 40 years, the St. Johns River Water Management District and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have collaborated on data collection and analysis, sharing water quality and water level information that both agencies use to protect Florida’s water resources. Today, the district’s Governing Board approved its annual joint funding agreement with the USGS, which currently calls for monitoring 71 sites in springs, rivers and streams throughout the district.

District funds water savings program in Apopka

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 2, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is partnering with the city of Apopka to help fund a water conservation program that targets high water use across residential, commercial and city accounts.

Governor reappoints Bournique to third term on Governing Board

PALATKA, Fla., July 29, 2016 — Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Douglas C. Bournique to a third term on the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board. “I am pleased to know the district will continue to benefit from Mr. Bournique’s wealth of knowledge and experience,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Mr. Bournique’s far-reaching knowledge on water resources issues, especially as they pertain to the agricultural community and the Indian River Lagoon, have been an asset to the District.” Bournique, who represents the Northern Coastal and Indian River Lagoon basins, was first […]

Restoration work begins at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

PALATKA, Fla., July 29, 2016 — Now that the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area is in public ownership and opened for recreation in late May, the St. Johns River Water Management District has begun work to improve the quality of water leaving the property and flowing to the nearby Silver River. “We have accomplished a great deal in a very short time. One purpose in buying the property in December 2015 was to protect the headwaters of creeks that flow into the Outstanding Florida Waters of the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director […]

Governor reappoints Bournique to third term on Governing Board

PALATKA, Fla., July 29, 2016 — Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed Douglas C. Bournique to a third term on the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board.

Restoration work begins at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area

PALATKA, Fla., July 29, 2016 — Now that the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area is in public ownership and opened for recreation in late May, the St. Johns River Water Management District has begun work to improve the quality of water leaving the property and flowing to the nearby Silver River.

Agricultural cost-share project applications to be accepted through Sept. 9

PALATKA, Fla., July 26, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through Sept. 9 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways.

Indian River Lagoon wetlands to be restored

PALM BAY, Fla., July 26, 2016 — A partnership project to restore six acres of wetlands and enhance 30 more at Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park is set to kick off in late July.

Agricultural cost-share project applications to be accepted through Sept. 9

PALATKA, Fla., July 26, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through Sept. 9 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways.

Indian River Lagoon wetlands to be restored

A partnership project to restore six acres of wetlands and enhance 30 more at Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park is set to kick off in late July. [July 26, 2016]

District takes action to benefit Indian River Lagoon during state of emergency

PALATKA, Fla., July 21, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is pitching in to make a difference with algal bloom concerns in south Florida. The district is turning on pumps at Canal 54 (C-54), which is located five miles north of the city of Fellsmere and will redirect more than 6,300 gallons of water each minute.

Quick turnaround for permit allows for faster relief to the environment in Titusville

PALM BAY, Fla., July 21, 2016 — An eroded shoreline within the Canaveral National Seashore is set to be restored and stabilized, following an expedited permit approval by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Summer StreamLines now available

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s summer StreamLines magazine is now available online. The latest edition celebrates the completion of the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project, showcases a farming family that participates in the district’s successful agricultural cost-share program, looks at accomplishments in the northern stretch of the St. Johns River as partners mark the 10-year anniversary of the River Accord, and takes a look at the year-round, ongoing emergency training among district staff. [July 21, 2016]

District takes action to benefit Indian River Lagoon during state of emergency

The St. Johns River Water Management District is pitching in to make a difference with algal bloom concerns in south Florida. The district is turning on pumps at Canal 54 (C-54), which is located five miles north of the city of Fellsmere and will redirect more than 6,300 gallons of water each minute. [July 21, 2016]

Quick turnaround for permit allows for faster relief to the environment in Titusville

An eroded shoreline within the Canaveral National Seashore is set to be restored and stabilized, following an expedited permit approval by the St. Johns River Water Management District. [July 21, 2016]

District takes action to benefit Indian River Lagoon during state of emergency

PALATKA, Fla., July 21, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is pitching in to make a difference with algal bloom concerns in south Florida. The district is turning on pumps at Canal 54 (C-54), which is located five miles north of the city of Fellsmere and will redirect more than 6,300 gallons of water each minute.

Quick turnaround for permit allows for faster relief to the environment in Titusville

PALM BAY, Fla., July 21, 2016 — An eroded shoreline within the Canaveral National Seashore is set to be restored and stabilized, following an expedited permit approval by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Controlled burn today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 20, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 121-acre prescribed burn today at the Bayard Conservation Area at the end of Bayard Road in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to maintain fire-dependent ecosystems and to manage wildland fuel loads.

Controlled burn today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 20, 2016 – The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 121-acre prescribed burn today at the Bayard Conservation Area at the end of Bayard Road in Clay County. The purpose of the burn is to maintain fire-dependent ecosystems and to manage wildland fuel loads.

Controlled burn today at Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting a 121-acre prescribed burn today at the Bayard Conservation Area at the end of Bayard Road in Clay County. [July 20, 2016]

Gopher tortoise relocation underway in Orange County

MAITLAND, Fla., July 19, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is working to relocate an estimated 140 gopher tortoises from their burrows in an Orange County levee to the Apalachicola National Forest.

Gopher tortoise relocation underway in Orange County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is working to relocate an estimated 140 gopher tortoises from their burrows in an Orange County levee to the Apalachicola National Forest. [July 19, 2016]

Media advisory: Join us to see gopher tortoise relocation in Orange County

MAITLAND, Fla., July 14, 2016 — Join the St. Johns River Water Management District as staff members work to relocate an estimated 140 gopher tortoises from their burrows in Taylor Creek levee in Orange County. Finding a new home for the threatened species is necessary as their burrows can cause erosion that compromises the structural integrity of the levee.

Media advisory: Join us to see gopher tortoise relocation in Orange County

Join the St. Johns River Water Management District as staff members work to relocate an estimated 140 gopher tortoises from their burrows in Taylor Creek levee in Orange County. Finding a new home for the threatened species is necessary as their burrows can cause erosion that compromises the structural integrity of the levee. [July 14, 2016]

District Board votes to reduce tax rate for fourth consecutive year

PALATKA, Fla., July 12, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board today approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a fourth year, provides significant funding for cost-share programs supporting water related projects, partnership programs to protect water quality in springs and other priority water bodies, and enhances water supply planning efforts.

District to send resources to assist south Florida with algae bloom recovery

PALATKA, Fla., July 12, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Governing Board passed a resolution today directing the St. Johns River Water Management District to offer assistance to south Florida. The move is in response to Gov. Scott’s recent Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in the southern part of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). The order commits the SJRWMD to support the ongoing efforts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) with algae sampling and offer other resources for potential water storage, as needed.

District Board votes to reduce tax rate for fourth consecutive year

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board today approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a fourth year, provides significant funding for cost-share programs supporting water related projects, partnership programs to protect water quality in springs and other priority water bodies, and enhances water supply planning efforts. [July 12, 2016]

District to send resources to assist south Florida with algae bloom recovery

PALATKA, Fla., July 12, 2016 — The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board passed a resolution today directing the district to offer assistance to south Florida. [July 12, 2016]

Dozens flock to district lands for annual scrub jay count

PALM BAY, Fla., July 11, 2016 — Donning binoculars and clutching clipboards, 78 volunteers fanned out across two St. Johns River Water Management District properties to tally threatened Florida scrub jays.

Dozens flock to district lands for annual scrub jay count

Donning binoculars and clutching clipboards, 78 volunteers fanned out across two St. Johns River Water Management District properties to tally threatened Florida scrub jays. [July 11, 2016]

Amendment One dollars fund restoration projects across the district

“Funding provided through Amendment One has had a direct benefit on expanding opportunities for restoration across the district,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “The district continues to demonstrate responsible fiscal stewardship by focusing on projects that directly contribute to our core mission areas of water supply, flood protection, water quality and natural systems.”