Message from Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle
A moment to celebrate as our work continues to protect water resources
I do many presentations throughout the year and enjoy the interaction and information I get from everyone I speak with. In just the past few weeks, I have had the honor of speaking to a variety of audiences—legislators, civic organizations, conference attendees and individual stakeholders—about the work of the St. Johns River Management District. This has given me an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the recently ended fiscal year and focus on the important work being continued in the current year.
While the District’s work has long been based on the four core missions of water supply, water quality, flood protection and natural systems, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “Achieving More Now for Florida’s Environment” Executive Order issued in January reinforced that focus and strengthened our already strong sense of purpose.
Here’s a small sampling of some of the successes during our fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2019:
- Completed muck dredging in the Eau Gallie River, a tributary of the Indian River Lagoon.
- Celebrated ground-breaking of an innovative water quality improvement project at Doctors Lake to remove phosphorus from treated wastewater.
- Kicked off the Crane Creek flow restoration project to reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into the Indian River Lagoon from a portion of Brevard County.
- Planted native vegetation and completed a dredging project at Lake Apopka to further improve water quality.
- Completed 32 cost-share projects to which the District contributed $20.5 million to improve water quality, and enhance water conservation and flood protection.
Again, this is just a sampling of our many projects and programs, District-led or completed in partnership with local governments and others. These and other projects in communities throughout our 18-county region benefit us all with improving water quality, enhanced natural systems, an adequate water supply and flood protection.
This year, our work will continue through our cost-share program, further enhancements and restoration at Lake Apopka, water quality projects at Doctors Lake, springs protection projects and the Black Creek Water Resource Development project, along with other innovative programs aimed at protecting and conserving our precious water.
Thank you to all of you for your support and to the District’s staff who work so diligently. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead in this new fiscal year.
District offices close for Veterans Day
All district office locations will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
We have great job opportunities at the district.
Real Estate Services Coordinator (Leasing) (Palatka), Land Resources Specialist (Palatka), Engineer IV (negotiable), Invasive Plant Technician (Sunnyhill, Umatilla), Professional Engineer or Engineer Scientist (Palatka), Field Program Supervisor (Palatka), Senior Professional Engineer (Palatka), Engineer III (Palatka), Technical Program Manager, Hydrologic Monitoring (Palatka), Professional Engineer (Palatka)
For more information visit: www.sjrwmd.com/jobs.
Water conservation tip
Did you know? More than half of the water used inside our homes is used in the bathroom. You can help save water by taking shorter showers and turning off the faucet while washing your hands or brushing your teeth. More tips: www.epa.gov/watersense/start-saving
This week in district social media
- When it comes to data, we’ve got lots of it! Operating 1,600 monitoring stations and 200 partner stations, our team collects and processes more than 16 million measurements each year. #data
- Our staff have been out in the field and community this week, sharing water quality information in schools, teaching a fire ecology class at the University of Florida and sharing an overview of the district’s work with community organizations.
- Did you catch our reminder? With the time change, it’s time to fall back to no more than one day per week irrigation. You can still love your lawn and #WaterLess
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