Here’s what we’re doing in Flagler County

District staff keep track of oyster repopulation
District staff keep track of oyster repopulation in an area of restored marshes in Flagler 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.

Flagler 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Consumptive Use Permitting Program reviews requests for water use and determines the amount of water available to be withdrawn from groundwater or surface water for uses such as public supply utilities, agricultural operations, commercial uses and power generation.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.

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.

View of Pellicer Creek from the shore
Pellicer Creek Conservation Area is among District public lands in Flagler County.

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.

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. MFLs in your county are:

  • Lake Gore

See the MFLs priority systems map.

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 in your county include:

  • Flagler County wetlands restoration — The District and cooperating partners completed construction of the Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project in October 2019. The grading of the spoil piles back into ditches and creating new areas for marsh has been completed. With the excavation work complete, monitoring of natural systems continues. The project restored wetlands that had been dragline ditched in the 1950s and 1960s, cutting wide ditches through historical coastal wetlands, which altered the hydrology.
  • Northern Coastal Basins — The District, local, regional, state and federal agencies have come together to address issues such as flooding, water quality (particularly in shellfish harvesting areas) and protection of coastal saltmarsh resources. Interagency work groups are guiding efforts to develop and monitor resource baselines and to coordinate resources and funding for development and implementation of regional watershed management initiatives, which includes a watershed-based Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plan to enhance, restore and manage the water quality and wetland resources within the basin’s estuaries. Adopted in 2002, the District implements the plan through activities that include a water quality monitoring network, tracking and evaluating stormwater management to provide technical assistance to help guide local government stormwater retrofit projects, work with local leaders to collect and evaluate compliance with permitted stormwater treatment systems, and collect, map and evaluate datasets for resources and habitats used to develop and implement restoration activities.
An aerial image of a project to restore dragline ditches
An aerial image of a project to restore dragline ditches to produce a more natural marsh in Flagler County.

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.

  • Bunnell State Road (SR) 100 West Reclaimed Water (RCW) Extension — The project consists of extending the city’s reclaimed distribution main from Grand Reserve Boulevard west along SR 100 to North Palmetto Street (approximately 1.1 miles). The estimated alternative water supply benefit is 0.29 mgd. The estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit to Haw and Black Branch creeks is 7,059 lbs/yr of TN and 981 lbs/yr of TP. This is one of three projects the District helped fund to expand the availability of reclaimed water.
  • Flagler Beach Flood Mitigation Improvements — The project includes construction of swales in the city for flood protection. The project will provide approximately 131,500 cubic feet of storage and protect approximately 80 acres from flooding.
  • Flagler Beach Sewer Slip Lining Rehabilitation — The project includes slip lining 4.35 miles of cured-in-place pipe within existing vitrified clay pipe in the city’s wastewater collection system. The estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit to the Matanzas River is 535 lbs/yr of TN and 438 lbs/yr of TP. This was the first of three projects the District helped fund.
  • 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.

District staff checking water quality
District staff monitor water quality and quantity year-round as part of the District’s comprehensive monitoring program.

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.

  • Flagler Palm Coast High School i3 New Tech Academy
  • Buddy Taylor Middle School
  • Flagler Palm Coast High School (twice)
  • Matanzas High School

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.

Students learning about the water needs of plant
Students at Matanzas High School learned about the water needs of plants during a Blue School Grant project at their school that involved growing a water-conserving garden.

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.

Mayor Catherine Robinson and Bill White holding a proclamation
The city of Bunnell in Flagler County is among local communities adopting resolutions in 2023 to support Water Conservation Month in April. Here, Mayor Catherine Robinson makes the proclamation presentation to District Intergovernmental Coordinator Bill White.