Here’s what we’re doing in St. Johns County

Marshhgrass of Moses Creek
Moses Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County helps protect important water resources and ecological functions, as well as to protect wildlife habitat in this undeveloped tidal creek.

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.

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Consumptive Use Permitting Program reviews requests for water use and determines the amount of water available to be withdrawn from groundwater or surface water for uses such as public supply utilities, agricultural operations, commercial uses and power generation.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

Water supply plant in St. Johns County
The St. Johns County water plant at County Road 214.

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.

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.

See the MFLs priority systems map.

Learn more about MFLs.

Volunteers assisted in planting seedlings of native trees
Volunteers assisted in planting seedlings of native trees at the District’s Gourd Island Conservation Area.

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:

  • Expansion of reclaimed water — The District partnered with the county to expand the use of reclaimed water by 1 million gallons per day, which reduces nutrients flowing into the St. Johns River and protects drinking water supplies by offsetting the use of higher quality drinking water for irrigation. The water main installed during the project transports reclaimed water to new customers and future residents and commercial customers along International Golf Parkway. A similar project was conducted at St. Augustine Beach, where a 1 million gallon reclaimed water storage tank and high service pumps were built to complement reclaimed water infrastructure to several residential communities.
  • Stormwater treatment areas — The District purchased land and built regional stormwater treatment areas to reduce the amount of phosphorus, nitrogen and suspended solids flowing to the St. Johns River from agricultural activity and roadway runoff. The treatment areas, located in the Hastings area, filter runoff and offsets loss of wetlands from a road widening project along State Road 207.
Excavator working on a large mound of dirt
Construction underway of a stormwater treatment pond near the Hastings community that helps treat phosphorus, nitrogen and suspended solids flowing to the St. Johns River from agricultural activity and roadway runoff.

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.

  • St. Augustine Beach Mizell Road Stormwater Pump Station and Outfall — The project includes raising control weir height, increasing pumping capacity through the enlargement of the current pump station and pond/canal bank improvements, and installing a backup power supply for the pumps. The project will provide flood protection during extreme tides and storm surge events, which will improve resiliency and abate sea-level rise within a 342-acre area. A secondary nutrient load reduction water quality benefit is approximately 1,136 lbs/yr of TN and 314 lbs/yr of TP.
  • Tater Farms Precision Fertilizer and Land Leveling Equipment — This project involves the purchase and implementation of precision fertilizer and land leveling equipment with GPS and RTK on approximately 2,500 acres of citrus and sod. The estimated nutrient load reduction water quality benefit to the lower St. Johns River is 10,000 lbs/yr of TN and 1,650 lbs/yr of TP.
  • 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.

  • St. Johns Technical High School
  • Pedro Menendez High School
  • Creekside High School
  • Creekside High School and Freedom Crossing Academy
  • St. Johns Technical Academy of Coastal and Water Resources
  • Freedom Crossing Academy
  • Palm Valley Academy
  • St. Augustine 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.

Children investigating brown leaves
Children learn about plants that live in the water and macroinvertebrates during an educational summer camp in which the District participated.

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.

St. Johns County commissioners present a proclamation
St. Johns County commissioners present a proclamation to the District naming April as Water Conservation Month.