Here’s what we’re doing in Duval County

View of Thomas Creek from the shore
Thomas Creek taken from the District’s Thomas Creek Conservation Area in Duval County.

The work of the St. Johns River Water Management District is all about water. Our staff work each day on your behalf to protect water. This work is focused on four core missions: water supply, water quality, flood protection and natural systems enhancement and protection.

Duval County is just one of the 18 counties where we do our work. Following is an overview of some of the ways that your tax dollars benefit not only the residents and visitors to the county, but also its natural and water resources.

Have you seen construction projects in your community or wonder where your water comes from? Chances are, the District issued a permit through its regulatory programs. The Consumptive Use Permitting Program reviews requests for water use and determines the amount of water available to be withdrawn from groundwater or surface water for uses such as public supply utilities, agricultural operations, commercial uses and power generation. Environmental Resource Permits authorize new construction in a way to prevent harm to water resources (such as causing adverse flooding), manage surface water and protect water quality, wetlands and other surface waters.

Water supply planning and our regulatory and water conservation programs are examples of how we apply our water supply core mission each day.

A Florida Water Star home.
A Florida Water Star home.

Strategies to protect and restore water quality include a commitment to comprehensive monitoring to guide impairment determinations, manage restoration projects and evaluate effectiveness.

Flood protection comes in many forms, such as water storage in natural wetlands and your neighborhood stormwater pond or flood control structures built in strategic locations.

Man kayaking
Kayaking is a popular sport at Julington-Durbin Preserve.

Natural systems benefit from lands the District has purchased for conservation and restoration. These lands are open for free for your enjoyment. On lands not owned by the District, natural systems benefit from effective permitting, water quality improvement projects, minimum flows and levels and cost-share projects.

The District owns or manages the following public lands in your county:

Prescribed fire helps maintain fire-dependent public lands.

Public lands help protect Florida’s endangered plants and animals.

Minimum flows and levels balance people’s and nature’s needs. Learn more about MFLs.

The District constructs large, regional projects that often benefit multiple counties and benefit more than one of the District’s core missions. Some of the projects benefitting your county include:

  • Black Creek Water Resource Development project — The project will increase recharge to the Upper Floridan aquifer in northeast Florida using excess flow from Black Creek. The project will also contribute to regional minimum flows and levels recovery and increase water levels in the Alligator Creek system, including Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva. The Black Creek project was identified in the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan to help meet future water supply demands while protecting natural resources. Local utility JEA is a partner in the project. This project is being built in southwest Clay County between Penney Farms and Camp Blanding. For more information, visit the project page.

The District’s cost-share programs help local governments, agricultural entities, disadvantaged communities, and other non-governmental organizations undertake projects to benefit one or more of the District’s core missions and benefit your community. Such projects include upgrades to water treatment facilities, expansion of reclaimed water lines, creating stormwater treatment ponds and parks, etc. Here are examples of this work in your county.

  • Jacksonville McCoys Creek Improvements — The project involves the restoration of 1.5 miles of McCoys Creek and the adjacent floodplain. The flood protection project protects approximately 52 acres containing 62 structures from a 100-year storm event.
  • Jacksonville Stormwater Microbe Treatment Pilot Project — This pilot study will evaluate the application of naturally occurring microbe products as an alternative, nonstructural, Best Management Practice (BMP) as a low cost means to capitalize on existing wet detention stormwater treatment facilities through an increase in treatment efficiency.
  • Genuine Giants LLC Tailwater Recovery and Reuse – This project involves drain tile installation with tailwater recovery and reuse. The estimated water conservation benefit is 0.036 mgd. The project also provides an estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit to the Little Trout River.
  • Read about our cost-share program.
  • See other projects

The District collects a wealth of data that is used to make science-based decisions in all our work. This includes data on how much rain your county has received, the water levels in area lakes and rivers, the amount of nutrients in natural waterways, planning to address future water supply needs and much more.

The Blue School Grant Program provides funding to teachers within the District in support of their efforts to engage students in understanding and appreciating Florida’s freshwater and estuarine systems.

Blue School Grant Program winners.

  • A. Philip Randolph Academies
  • Arlington Middle School
  • Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School
  • Edward H. White Military Academy
  • Frank H Peterson Academies
  • Kernan Middle School
  • Oak Hill Academy

Encourage your child’s teacher to apply for a grant.

Contact us about a speaker for your group. We’d love the opportunity to speak with you about our work. Speaker’s bureau.

Free materials you can read or download at home or school.

Staff in our Governmental Affairs Program provide water resource information, assistance and support to federal, state and local elected officials and their staffs, and collaborate on water resource issues, programs and projects. One of the ways you may have met team members is during the annual Water Conservation Month observance when your local governments approved proclamations recognizing the observance.

Dierdre Erving at an Earth Day stand