Water News

Jan. 12, 2018

The District’s budget team has been recognized for 11 consecutive years with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Message from the Executive Director

Preliminary budget reflects District’s priorities with state leaders, the public

On behalf of the District, I submitted the agency’s fiscal year 2018–2019 preliminary budget earlier this week, mapping our course in protecting our shared water resources and providing information on the critical work that lies ahead.

The District has developed a balanced preliminary budget totaling $134.1 million for fiscal year 2018–2019, a 16.4 percent decrease from the adopted fiscal year 2017–2018 budget. In addition to specific projects to address core mission areas, the budget includes funding for constructing, operating and maintaining flood protection and restoration projects; managing and restoring district public lands; developing and implementing minimum flows and levels prevention-recovery strategies; implementing water supply planning strategies to meet future demands while protecting water resources; and conducting hydrologic, water quality and environmental monitoring.

Successes reflected in the budget include adoption of minimum flows and levels proposed for Silver Springs and other Outstanding Florida Springs, launch of the Black Creek Water Resource Development Project with project design now underway, completion of the first phase of reconnecting Emeralda Marsh to Lake Griffin and additional work now begun, and construction of seven gabion weirs at the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area for water quality improvement.

Many District staff have had a part in putting together a preliminary budget that will keep us on track to address our core mission responsibilities and partner with our local communities on a host of projects while minimizing the tax burden on the residents we serve. Thanks to Budget Director Missy Licourt, Office of Financial Services Director Mary-Lou Pickles and the staff in each of our bureaus and offices for their hard work on our budget. The work each of you do is an important part of protecting our shared water and natural resources and I appreciate your efforts toward keeping taxes low in the process. Keep up the great work!

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

The district’s Governing Board on Jan. 9 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 Jan. 9 Governing Board meeting.

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Prescribed fire conducted Jan. 8

The district conducted a 177-acre prescribed burn Jan. 8 on the Sunnyhill Restoration Area North Tract in Marion County. The purpose of the burn was to reduce hazardous fuels near an adjacent subdivision and maintenance of fire-dependent natural communities.

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Water conservation tip

Check faucets regularly for leaks. A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!

This week in district social media

If you aren’t following the district on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, here are some of the things you may have missed this week….

  • Thanks to district staffers R.H. Davis, Ed Garland and Melisa Diolosa for submitting photos and information this week.
  • Not only leaves fall from trees! #Coniferous plants like pine trees drop cones as well. The woody cones both protect and spread the tree’s seeds. #pinecones
  • A limpkin (Aramus guarauna) was spotted by district staff dining on snails. Its long bill is the perfect tool to extract the snail from its shell, making the #applesnail the base of the bird’s diet. #WildlifeWednesday #limpkin
  • By foot, tire, hoof or paddle there are many ways to enjoy recreation on district properties. Find a new place to explore this #TrailTuesday on our recreation page. #happytrails
  • Warm season turfgrass species go into some degree of dormancy during the winter months, slowing down their growth and they may or may not stay green. Skip every other week of irrigation during this natural cycle, regardless of where you live in the district. #SkipAWeek #irrigation #turfgrass

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