Sept. 26, 2023

The Governing Board unanimously approved its fiscal year 2023‒2024 budget, marking the 11th consecutive year of reduced millage rates. This decision ensures low taxes while providing substantial funding for vital water resource protection and cost-share projects. The millage rate reduction of about 9.17 percent continues the District’s tradition of easing the tax burden on its constituents since FY 2013–14.

Sept. 13, 2023

The Governing Board approved the execution of six contracts that will provide local growers with nearly $470,000 in cost-share funds. Together, these projects will reduce water use by 25 million gallons per year and significantly reduce the amount of harmful nutrients entering nearby water bodies, including the St. Johns River. The approved projects encompass a range of initiatives aimed at improving water efficiencies and reducing nutrient runoff.

Mike Register welcomes guests to the July 10 event

July 10, 2023

The District gathered with local and regional partners, residents, and other interested stakeholders to celebrate several projects that will help further restoration efforts in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). Participants celebrated the nearly $40 million awarded by the District for projects in Indian River Lagoon communities, leveraging a total of $81 million in public dollars when combined with local matching funds and state funds from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The celebration recognized Moorhen Marsh, Ponce Inlet Septic-to-Sewer project and the groundbreaking of the Crane Creek / M-1 Canal flow restoration project.

May 11, 2023

The District launched its new podcast, WATERSPOUT, as a way to let the public hear directly from the agency about Florida’s water resources. In podcast episodes, listeners hear from District staff members about the work they do each day, how that work benefits our shared water resources and delves into important topics affecting our region’s water. The podcast became available on YouTube, the District’s website and numerous podcast platforms.

WaterSpout podcast logo

March 17, 2023

The District launched a new homepage on its official website, adding conveniences for visitors of a live social media feed, interactive District map with linking pages showcasing the District’s work in each county within its boundaries and a series of quick links for popular areas within the website.

March 17, 2023

The District began another round of restoration and maintenance work at its popular Lake Apopka North Shore and wildlife drive. Work began to re-deck Bailey bridges at County Road 448A and Welland Road.

March 3, 2023

As part of its ongoing core missions work, the District repaired the L-77W levee that forms the western border of the Blue Cypress Water Management Area West after it experienced significant erosion from a variety of factors, including wave action from boat traffic. The next phase of the maintenance project began with planting of native wetland plants to form a living shoreline help protect the levee from wave action and assist in stabilizing the soil by establishing rooted plants, with secondary benefits of enhanced wetland habitat and recreational enjoyment for the public.

Jan. 10, 2023

The District’s Governing Board voted to approve the execution of a $19.5 million contract to begin construction of the Crane Creek M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project – a project that will significantly reduce the flow of nutrients into the Indian River Lagoon (IRL). More than 100 years ago, the canal was originally developed to redirect stormwater from 5,300 acres near the St. Johns River to the IRL. Along with the millions of gallons of water came thousands of pounds of nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus – two nutrients known to contribute to algal blooms. Once complete, the project will restore the natural flow of the stormwater from the IRL back west, where the water will be treated in a stormwater treatment area prior to reaching the St. Johns River. The primary goal of the project is to reduce nutrient loading to the IRL, but it has the secondary benefit of restoring 7 million gallons of freshwater flow per day to the St. Johns River.