Message from the Executive Director
District staff committed to storm recovery
After the rain stopped and hurricane-force winds quieted, it was evident that an extensive road to recovery lie ahead for those affected by Hurricane Michael. To help out along that journey, the District and its staff collected available personnel and equipment to serve in the Panhandle as well as assist the Northwest Florida Water Management District in restoring operations.
We are proud to have two teams working to cut and clear debris to expedite post-storm recovery. Thank you to Teddy Spann, Gary Scarbrough, Sean Nichols, Shawn Brock, Dean Gemeinhardt, Andy Kohler, Jim Godfrey and Jeremy Olson for serving on this team and putting other’s interest before their own. Another special thanks to Dave Dickens for leading our emergency response, Jeremy Johnson for conducting logistics operations with the Florida Forest Service, and Abby Johnson for traveling to Tallahassee to assist the Emergency Operations Center. We are also collecting essentials for employees and families at our sister agency, Northwest Florida Water Management District, who were especially hard-hit by the storm.
It was only thirteen months ago that our District crew prepared to face Hurricane Irma’s aftermath; this week, we’ve come together again for a common purpose of restoring normalcy to those affected by Hurricane Michael. There is much that we can do to help our neighbors to the northwest recover, and I am grateful for a team of professional and expert staff who will once again lend their talents to ensure local governments are able to reestablish operations in support of their communities.
We’re all in this together and we will continue to do what we can to assist our neighbors in their recovery. It is gratifying to work with a compassionate staff who are committed to putting other’s interests before their own, as is so evident through this storm recovery process.
We’re honored to be of service.
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.
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.
Water conservation tip
This week in district social media
- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has deployed an online tool to report the location of Hurricane Michael storm debris in waterways; and 293 reports of debris have already been received. #HurricaneMichael https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/466259a6f3fc41e58bb3f651e59e3bd1
- This construction site will ultimately help improve water quality in the Indian River Lagoon near the city of Sebastian. As part of the district’s cost-share program, Indian River County is installing a sewer line to abandon old septic tanks. Learn more in StreamLines. sjrwmd.com/streamlines
- Stokes Landing Conservation Area is in the coastal basin of the Tolomato River and provides hiking, biking and fishing. Take in the views: climb the observation platform to feel the breeze! Remember to be safe: take drinking water and insect repellent. #StokesLanding #ConservationArea #TrailTuesday
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