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Monthly rainfall for February 2024

Rainfall recap: Below-average rainfall in February for the District

In February, the District region witnessed below-average rainfall, with the majority of precipitation concentrated in the middle of the month, driven by a frontal boundary traversing the central counties.

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Prescribed fire today at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County

The St. Johns River Water Management District is conducting an 87-acre prescribed burn today at Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area in Marion County.

A prescribed fire burns off undergrowth in a pine forest.

Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The District is conducting an 62-acre prescribed burn today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area temporarily closed for wildfire mitigation project

In a proactive effort to protect communities from potential wildfires, the Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area, located in Orange County, will be closed to the public starting March 8.

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Prescribed fire today at River Lakes Conservation Area in Brevard County

The District is conducting a 4,117-acre prescribed burn today at River Lakes Conservation Area in Brevard County.

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Prescribed fire today at J.P. Hall Bayard Point Conservation Area in Clay County

The District is conducting a 154-acre prescribed burn today at J.P. Hall Bayard Point Conservation Area in Clay County.

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Prescribed fire today at Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County

The District is conducting an 80-acre prescribed burn today at Lake Apopka North Shore in Lake County.

Monthly rainfall for January 2023

Above-average rainfall dominates most of the District

In January, the District region continued its trend of above-average rainfall, mainly due to frontal systems, a common occurrence during this time of the year.

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District expands conservation and recreation with approval of 270 acres in land acquisitions

The District Governing Board approved three land acquisitions today that will provide additional protection for Florida’s water resources.

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Detours expected at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive due to property upgrades

The District has initiated its shoreline stabilization project along Welland Road, scheduled to continue until Feb. 23.

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Districts gear up for 2024 hurricane season with proactive measures

Despite ongoing recovery efforts from the previous year’s hurricane season, the St. Johns River and South Florida water management districts are already taking steps to ensure operational readiness.

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District spearheads collaborative efforts for regional water management and resiliency

The District recently held a coordination meeting, inviting representatives from city, county and state agencies to share ideas on regional water management and local resiliency efforts.

Monthly rainfall December 2023

December downpour doubles typical monthly average

December’s weather defied the usual dry trend of this time of year with the districtwide average rainfall more than doubling the typical total.

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District’s abandoned well program safeguarding our aquifers

The District Governing Board continues to fund the Artesian Abandoned Well Plugging program in 2024.

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Funding available for projects that protect, restore, or conserve Florida’s water resources

The St. Johns River Water Management District is now accepting applications for the 2025 Cost-Share Program.

Aerial view of the Water Resource Development project

Striking the balance: District gives nod to 2023 North Florida Water Supply Plan, merging growth and conservation efforts

The 2023 North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP) was approved by the District’s Governing Board on Dec. 12.

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Lake Apopka-Beauclair Lock opens in time for weekend fishing tournament

The District has completed work on the Apopka-Beauclair Lock ahead of schedule.

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District ready to assist partners amid unusual rainfall forecast

Above-average rainfall is anticipated from today through the weekend, raising concerns for potential flooding in low-lying areas, regions with inadequate drainage, and coastal zones affected by high tides.

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Districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share program continues to help local growers implement water conservation techniques

Since its establishment in 2015, the Districtwide Agricultural Cost-Share program has assisted farmers and growers in implementing sustainable projects within the District’s 18-county region.

Map and table showing rainfall in November 2023

Rainfall divides the District in November

November, typically known for its dry weather, took an unexpected turn this year, bringing an unusual amount of rainfall to the southern half of the District.

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Lake Apopka-Beauclair Lock to close for essential upgrades

The District will temporarily close the Apopka-Beauclair Lock beginning Monday, Dec. 11, to facilitate construction upgrades.

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District Governing Board announces new officer and continuity in leadership for third consecutive year

The District’s Governing Board re-elected Sen. Rob Bradley of Fleming Island to serve as its chair for a third year.

Map and table showing rainfall in October 2023

October’s rainfall spectrum: contrasts and highlights across the District

In October, the District witnessed a diverse range of rainfall patterns.

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Sprinkle less, save more: a waterwise approach

Starting Sunday, Nov. 5, residents across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District are urged to adjust their sprinkler systems.

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Investing in education, Blue School Grants impacts 20 Florida schools

The District is providing nearly $40,000 in grants to 20 schools within its 18-county region through the Blue School Grants program.

Map and table showing rainfall in September 2023

From drizzles to downpours: Unpacking September’s rainfall patterns

In September, the St. Johns River Water Management District noted disparity in rainfall patterns. Some areas received a mere 3 inches, while others saw over 9 inches.

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Embrace the “cooler” temperatures and hit the trails

As the summer’s stifling heat gives way to the cooler temperatures of a Florida fall, the St. Johns River Water Management District encourages the community to enjoy the weather by exploring our extensive network of properties.

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Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area expands for conservation and recreation

Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area in Putnam County is expanding, further enhancing its role in preserving natural habitats and providing recreational opportunities.

What a typical District homeowner can expect to pay in 2020 for their water management district portion of their tax bill at 0.2189 mills

11th consecutive year: District reduces tax rate, funds comprehensive list of projects in $250 million budget

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board has unanimously approved its fiscal year 2023‒2024 budget, marking the 11th consecutive year of reduced millage rates.

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St. Johns River Water Management District and the Jacksonville Jaguars team up to encourage water conservation

As football season gets underway, the District and the Jacksonville Jaguars have joined forces to pay tribute to the St. Johns River and promote water conservation.

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Water management districts seek public comment on water supply plan

After months of gathering data, soliciting project ideas a draft update to the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership water supply plan is now ready for review and public comment.

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St. Johns River Water Management District invests $470,000 in water conservation for local growers

The District Governing Board approved the execution of six contracts that will provide local growers with nearly $470,000 in cost-share funds.

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Collaborative efforts enhance District land management objectives

The District is recognizing another year of strong, effective management of its more than 425,000 acres across the 18-county region. During Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, staff shared how collaboration between District staff and partners ensures the lands are managed well.

Map and table showing rainfall in August 2023

August sees below-average rainfall

Overall, rainfall across the District’s 18-county region was drier than average in August.

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District lands reopen just in time for Labor Day weekend

As of today, the District has reopened several of their lands and all the navigational locks.

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District offices reopen Thursday as damage assessments begin

Hurricane Idalia quickly made its way across the state Wednesday, leaving minimal damage across the District’s 18-county region.

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District properties and offices close as Hurricane Idalia targets Florida’s west coast

As Hurricane Idalia barrels toward the west coast, the District Emergency Operations Center is continuing preparations and will monitor the storm as it moves across the peninsula.

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District activates Emergency Operation Center as Tropical Storm Idalia moves east overnight

The District is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Idalia and is taking proactive measures to manage the anticipated winds and rainfall in the coming days.

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Tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea has a high chance of development

The District continues to monitor the tropics today and throughout the weekend as forecasters predict a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea has a high chance of development over the next several days.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2023

July brings another month of above-average rainfall

A majority of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 18-county region received above-average rainfall in July.

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Up to $60,000 being offered to Florida teachers to educate students on water resources

Now entering the eighth year of its Blue School Grant program, the District, with full support of its Governing Board, is offering up to $60,000 in grants for education projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

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District receives above-average rainfall in June

June brought above-average rainfall to the District’s 18-county region.

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District and partners celebrate projects and partnerships benefiting the Indian River Lagoon

Today, 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.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2023

May rainfall relieves drought conditions districtwide

May brought average to above-average rainfall to the District’s 18-county region.

Fisherman fishing in a river

Boat ramp at Orange Creek Restoration Area to close beginning June 12

The will close the boat ramp at the Orange Creek Restoration Area in Marion County beginning June 12 to make repairs.

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Central Florida partners prepare for hurricane season

The District invited representatives from city, county and state agencies to attend a coordination meeting to share ideas on how to better predict, manage and respond before and after a storm event.

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Save water and money — watch the weather, wait to water this summer

The District will close the Lake Apopka North Shore Loop Trail from Magnolia Park to Conrad Road beginning June 5 until further notice due to construction in the area.

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Governing Board proclaims May 14–20 as Water Reuse Week

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board has approved a resolution proclaiming May 14–20 as Water Reuse Week.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2023

Above-average rainfall in April improves drought conditions districtwide

Drought conditions throughout the District’s 18-county region improved, especially along the coast, thanks to above-average rainfall in April.

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District cost-share program will provide $20 million to support regional water resource protection efforts

The District Governing Board recently approved $20 million in funding for cost-share projects for fiscal year 2023–2024.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2023

Below-average rainfall in March, severe drought conditions begin to develop

The District’s 18-county region is experiencing varying degrees of drought conditions according to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s latest report.

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District proclaims April 2023 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

The St. Johns River Water Management District has long been dedicated to protecting Florida’s springs and approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month for the 10th consecutive year.

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District proclamation designates April as Water Conservation Month

Water conservation is at the core of the District’s mission of protecting and ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water supplies.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive to open April 1

Maintenance on the Baily bridges at Country Road 448A has been completed ahead of schedule and the District will reopen the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive to vehicular traffic Saturday, April 1.

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Road closures at Lake Apopka North Shore begin March 20

The District will be conducting maintenance at the Lake Apopka North Shore property beginning March 20.

Map and table showing rainfall in January 2023

District experiencing moderate drought conditions

The District’s 18-county region is experiencing moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Check your clocks and irrigation timers this weekend

As daylight saving time begins this Sunday March 12, the District is reminding Floridians to check their irrigation systems and ensure timers are operating correctly.

Fisherman fishing in a river

District working to establish living shoreline in Blue Cypress Water Management Area

The District recently repaired the L-77W levee that forms the western border of the Blue Cypress Water Management Area West after it experienced significant erosion

Boat ramp on Lake Apopka North Shore

District to close portions of Lake Apopka North Shore beginning March 20

The District will be conducting maintenance at the Lake Apopka North Shore property beginning March 20.

Map and table showing rainfall in January 2023

A dry January leaves abnormally dry conditions districtwide

After two months of low rainfall, the District’s 18-county region is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, especially in Nassau, Baker and portions of Duval and Clay counties.

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Status update on the Apopka-Beauclair Lock

The District has recently received several inquiries about the operational status of the Apopka-Beauclair Lock.

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Partners work together to tackle water quality in Indian River Lagoon

Today, the District 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

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Drought conditions developing in areas of north Florida after low rainfall in December

December rainfall was less than half the average for this time of year throughout the District’s 18-county region.

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Headwaters boat ramp to close at Fellsmere Water Management Area

The Headwaters boat ramp located within the Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) will be temporarily closed to conduct repairs on Dec. 22 and will re-open Dec. 23.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Hurricane Nicole brought double the average rainfall for November in parts of central Florida

Hurricane Nicole’s pattern of heavy rainfall echoed that of Hurricane Ian’s and brought above-average rainfall across most of the District’s 18-county region.

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District now accepting cost share project applications

The District is accepting applications Dec. 1 – Jan. 31 for both its Fiscal Year 2023–2024 Districtwide Cost-Share Program and its FY 2023–2024 funding program for REDI communities and innovative projects.

Alligator peering out of the water

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive re-opens for public use

The District is re-opening the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for public use beginning Nov.18.

Members of the District’s Pump Strike Team staged three six-inch pumps in Flagler County to help alleviate flooding in the area.

District quickly works with partners on storm recovery, re-opening public lands

Over the weekend, District staff were busy working to assist our local partners with their recovery efforts and completing post storm inspections on all District-owned lands following Hurricane Nicole.

Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area is re-opened for public use, including for scouting and hunting.

District public lands begin to re-open after Tropical Storm Nicole

Today, the District re-opened several of their lands and all the navigational locks.

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District assists local partners with recovery efforts, continues to monitor water levels in St. Johns River

The District is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Nicole as it moves across the state and stands ready to assist our state, regional and local partners in their response efforts.

Map showing track of hurricane Nicole

District to close all public lands as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches east coast

The St. Johns River Water Management District is closing all District-managed navigational locks, campgrounds and properties, to include trails and day-use areas, throughout its 18-county region beginning Wednesday. Nov. 9.

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District Governing Board retains officers for second consecutive year

The District’s Governing Board re-elected Sen. Rob Bradley of Fleming Island to serve as its chair for a second year.

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District provides over $1 million to local growers for participation in water conservation efforts

Today, the District Governing Board approved the execution of 13 contracts that will provide local growers with over $1.1 million in cost-share funds.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Below-average rainfall in October brought much needed relief to areas in central Florida

After Hurricane Ian drenched the central Florida region, below-average rainfall across the District was a welcome relief to those still experiencing flooding.

Map showing path of Subtropical Storm Nicole

District closely monitoring Subtropical Storm Nicole as it approaches Florida’s east coast

The District is closely monitoring Subtropical Storm Nicole and is taking proactive measures to help manage the anticipated rainfall in the coming days. 

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“Fall back” your clocks and irrigation timers this weekend

Starting Sunday, Nov. 6, residents across the 18 counties of the District should reset their automatic sprinkler systems to water no more than once a week.

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Repair work to temporarily close Burrell Lock in Lake County beginning Nov. 1

The Burrell Lock in Lake County is scheduled to be temporarily closed Nov. 1 and 2 as part of the District’s ongoing maintenance of the structure.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens for public use

The District will reopen the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for public use beginning Oct. 28.

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District and partners celebrate Black Creek Water Resource Development Project

Today, the District gathered with local and regional partners, residents, and other interested stakeholders to celebrate the launching of the Black Creek Water Resource Development project.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Portions of central Florida received more than 20 inches of rainfall last month

A majority of the District received well above average rainfall in September thanks to Hurricane Ian.

View of Tomoka River from a canoe

District’s joint real estate acquisition brings more conservation lands to Volusia County

Today, the District Governing Board approved a joint real estate transaction with Volusia County and the city of Ormond Beach that will add 18.5 acres of conservation lands.

Sunrise on the Indian River Lagoon.

Indian River Lagoon Council receives $500,000 in funding from the District

Today, for the eighth consecutive year, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board voted to approve $500,000 in funding for the Indian River Lagoon Council (IRL Council).

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Lake Apopka North Shore to open following safety assessment

The District will open the Lake Apopka North Shore Loop Trail for pedestrian traffic beginning Oct. 7. The Red Trail will remain closed due to flooding.

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District completes post-storm inspections on all public lands

The District has reopened all its conservation lands to public recreation following Hurricane Ian, except for seven properties that are still experiencing some flooding.

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District continues to open lands for recreational use after Hurricane Ian

Staff at the District continue to perform land and safety assessments of all properties and recreational access points, including boat ramps and trails.

District employees prepare to deploy pumps in Seminole County

District staff help prevent Seminole County neighborhood from flooding

A decorative wall was all that was standing between flood water and a small community in Longwood until two crews from the District deployed to assist Seminole County in diverting water away from the homes.

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District public lands begin to re-open after Hurricane Ian

After several days of rain, Floridians are now able to get out and enjoy the sunny, cooler weather left behind by Hurricane Ian. As of today, the District has re-opened several of their lands and all the navigational locks.

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District staff begin damage assessments across region

As Hurricane Ian makes its way up the east coast, District staff are beginning to assess properties across the 18-county region.

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District takes additional precautions as Hurricane Ian approaches west coast

In anticipation of heavy rainfall, the District continues to proactively take steps to help minimize flooding. In the Upper St. Johns River Basin and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin.

District reduces tax rate for 10th year, funds major water supply projects in nearly $164 million budget

While funding an unprecedented number of projects, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2022‒2023 budget and reduced its millage rate for a 10th consecutive year

District Operation and Maintenance staff are actively preparing for the anticipated rainfall from Hurricane Ian

District to close all public lands as Hurricane Ian continues to shift east

The District will close all District-managed navigational locks, campgrounds and properties, to include trails and day use areas, throughout its 18-county region Tuesday, Sept. 27

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District prepares for Hurricane Ian as path shifts east overnight

The District is closely monitoring Hurricane Ian and is taking proactive measures to help manage the anticipated rainfall in the coming days.

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District urges preparedness as forecast puts Florida in Tropical Depression path

The District is closely monitoring Tropical Depression Nine and is preparing for potential heavy rainfall throughout the region.

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Seven local growers will share over $860,000 for participation in water conservation efforts

Today, the District Governing Board approved the execution of seven contracts that will provide local growers with over $860,000 in cost-share funds.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Above-average rainfall in August still leaves District’s southern region abnormally dry

While some areas in the central and northern region of the District received more than 9 inches of rain, southern portions of the District, including parts of Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee and Osceola counties.

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Prescribed fire today at Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County

The District will be conducting a 45-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the Newnans Lake Conservation Area, on the northeastern portion of the property in Alachua County. During this time, the Hatchet Creek Tract will be closed.

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District and Volusia County celebrate the opening of the new conservation lands at Palm Bluff Conservation Area

Yesterday, the St. Johns River Water Management District and Volusia County gathered to celebrate the addition of 1,282 acres to the Palm Bluff Conservation Area.

Cypress trees along the St. Johns River at Bayard Conservation Area.

District approves purchase of additional conservation lands in Clay County

Today, the District’s Governing Board approved two land purchases that will add an additional 101 acres to the Bayard Conservation Area in Clay County.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

After a wet July, portions of the District left abnormally dry

While some areas in the central and northern region of the District received more than 10 inches of rain, portions of the District were left abnormally dry as reported in the U.S. Drought Monitor.

These high school students participated in water quality sampling and monitoring through the District’s Blue School Grant Program.

District offers teachers funding opportunity to educate students on water conservation

Now entering the seventh year of its Blue School Grant Program, the District with full support of its Governing Board is offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

Surface water reservoir with solar powered pump used for citrus irrigation in Indian River County.

District offers up to $250,000 to local growers who participate in water conservation efforts

The District is accepting applications through August 26 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in participating in the Districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program.

View of Deep Creek front the shore

Public invited to Deep Creek Conservation Area Public Meeting

A land management update is among the items to be discussed July 27 during the District’s Deep Creek Conservation Area (DCCA) Public Meeting.

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The District’s three tools of flood protection

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal. This is a good time to remember that even when a storm does not make landfall, heavy rainfall can still cause flooding.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Recent rain relieves northeast Florida of abnormally dry conditions

Recent rainfall throughout the District’s 18-county region has relieved portions of northeast Florida that had been abnormally dry after below-average rainfall in June.

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District recognizes July as Lakes Appreciation Month

Florida has more than 4,200 natural lakes, and nearly 1,500 of those are within the boundaries of the District.

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Floridan aquifer and local lakes to benefit from the District’s Black Creek Water Resource Development Project

The District is launching a project to increase recharge to the Upper Floridan aquifer in northeast Florida.

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District makes upgrades at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area parking areas

The District will temporarily close two parking areas at Silver Springs Forest Conservation beginning June 27 through July 4 to complete upgrades.

Man fishing from a boat

District implements temporary idle speed zone at Blue Cypress Water Management Area

The District has temporarily designated the area along the L-77 West Levee in the Blue Cypress Water Management Area, also known locally as Lake Garcia, as an idle speed zone.

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Ten agricultural projects to share over $1 million to help protect water resources

Today, the District Governing Board approved the execution of ten contracts that will provide local growers with over $1 million in cost-share funds.

Marsh vegetation being harvested

District continues to restore historical marsh and improve water quality in Orange Creek Restoration Area

The District is launching a project to mechanically harvest and remove mats of floating vegetation —and their associated nutrients — from waters within the Orange Creek Restoration Area. 

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

Despite wet conditions, May rainfall slightly below average

Below average rainfall in May leads to parts of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s southern region (Brevard, Indian River, Osceola and Okeechobee) abnormally dry, as reported in the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Upgrades to Fellsmere Recreation Area will temporarily close parking area and boat ramp

The St. Johns River Water Management District will temporarily close the Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area (also known as Stick Marsh) parking area and boat ramp beginning the evening of May 22 through May 25 to conduct repairs.

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Governing Board proclaims May 15-21 as Water Reuse Week

The District’s Governing Board today approved a resolution proclaiming May 15-21 as Water Reuse Week.

Lake Lawne, a stormwater reuse project

District cost-share program will provide $20.5 million to support regional water resource protection efforts

The District Governing Board approved $20.5 million in funding for cost-share projects for fiscal year 2022–2023.

Map of Palm Bluff Conservation Area

District Board approves joint venture with Volusia County

The District’s Governing Board today approved two land purchases that will expand a popular recreation and conservation area near Osteen.

Map and table showing rainfall in April 2022

April showers brought above-average rainfall to most of the District

Two consecutive months of above-average rainfall in northeast Florida still leaves parts of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s southern region.

Map of Burnt Island Road closures

District to close portions of Burnt Island Road in Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area

The District will close a portion of Burnt Island Road in Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area from May 9 through May 13 to conduct repairs to a nearby airboat crossing.

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Sweetwater boat ramp closed at Three Forks Conservation Area

The Sweetwater boat ramp located within the Three Forks Conservation Area, near highway 192, will be temporarily closed to conduct repairs beginning April 25 through May 16.

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District will close the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Friday

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed to vehicles on Friday, April 15.

Pictured is a recently installed control structure that is part of a sub-irrigation drain

Five agricultural projects to share nearly $552,000 to reduce water use, nutrient loading

The District Governing Board approved moving forward with contracts for five diverse agricultural projects, totaling nearly $552,000 in cost-share funds.

Map and table showing rainfall in March 2022

A wet March relieves near drought conditions throughout most of the District

After a dry February, above-average rainfall throughout most of the region relieved signs of drought in the central and northern region of the District as reported in the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Footbridge at Dunns Creek Conservation Area

Public invited to virtual Northern Recreational Public Meeting April 26

A land management update is among the items to be discussed April 26 during the District’s Northern Recreational Public Meeting.

A map illustrates road closures at Lake Apopka North Shore

Road closures at Lake Apopka North Shore begin March 21

Construction will begin next week on the Lake Apopka North Shore to mitigate erosion damage caused when water is discharged from the canal or attached cells.

Mangrove islands in the Indian River Lagoon

District, FDEP and NOAA partner to collect ocean and coastal mapping data for the Indian River Lagoon

Sharing similar goals to conserve and manage natural resources, the District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are partnering to acquire topobathymetric data (an underwater map) for the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

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District proclaims April 2022 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

The District has long been dedicated to protecting Florida’s springs. Demonstrating that commitment, the District’s Governing Board approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month for the ninth consecutive year.

Deirdre Irwin giving a speech

District proclamation designates April as Water Conservation Month

Water conservation is at the core of the District’s mission of protecting and ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water supplies.

Free-flowing artesian well being filled

District plugs 62 free-flowing wells, saving 10.4 million gallons per day of water

Since October, the District has plugged 62 free-flowing wells saving 10.4 million gallons of water a day.

Map and table showing rainfall in August 2021

Below-average rainfall districtwide in February

February brought well below-average rainfall to the region, with signs of drought showing in the central and northern region of the District as reported in the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Views of Silver Springs Springshed programs

Application deadline to share in agricultural cost-share funds is March 14

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through March 14 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in participating in the Silver Springs Springshed Cost-share Program.

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District Governing Board approves Regional Water Supply Plan

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board approved a regional water supply plan to address current and long-term water supply needs in the Central Springs/East Coast (CSEC) region on Tuesday.

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Public meeting March 3 to discuss model peer review for Johns Lake

The District will hold a public meeting on March 3 to begin the peer review process for the surface water model for Johns Lake in Orange and Lake counties.

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East public access point closed at Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area

The east public access point into the Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area located in Indian River County will be closed weekdays beginning Feb.9 through the end of the month.

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Volunteer donations fund Lake Apopka project

Thanks to donations made to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, the District and volunteers were able to provide a new resting place for both birds and humans alike, complete with picnic tables, covered shelter area and bird perches.

Scientists inspecting buckets of young clams

District shares series of articles on science behind algal blooms, continues partnerships to address causes

District scientists and partners are sharing data, analyses and insights to help improve water quality and overall health of the Indian River Lagoon region and other water bodies through a series of articles in a scientific journal.

Map and table showing rainfall in August 2021

Below-average rainfall districtwide in January

January brought well below average rainfall to the region, with Marion County receiving the least amount of rain for the month at .83 inches.

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Public meeting Feb. 8 to discuss model peer review for Johns Lake

The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold a public meeting on Feb. 8 to begin the peer review process for the surface water model for Johns Lake in Orange and Lake counties, located within the CFWI area.

The District’s Clay Coarsey (middle) and partners participate in a groundbreaking ceremony

Partners break ground on project at Lake Monroe

Today, the District joined partners and interested stakeholders in celebrating the groundbreaking of a project that is integral to the success of the Volusia Prevention and Recovery Strategy

Map and table showing rainfall in August 2021

Average rainfall districtwide in December

December brought average rainfall to the region with most of the activity occurring along the central coastline.

The two airboat crossings shown above will be closed for as long as two months while repairs are made to structure S-96.

Airboat crossings closed at St. Johns Water Management Area

Two airboat ramps near water control structure S-96C within the St. Johns Water Management Area at the Blue Cypress Conservation Area will be closed daily until 5 p.m. for repairs beginning the week of Jan. 10.

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Cost-share project applications accepted Jan. 4 – Feb. 18

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications Jan. 4–Feb. 18 for both its Fiscal Year 2022–2023 Districtwide Cost-Share Program.

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District partners with Earth Advantage in Florida Water Star Program

The District and Earth Advantage Inc. recently announced a partnership to deliver water conservation certification data through the Green Building Registry

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District, partners celebrate Lake Jesup Innovative Algae Harvesting Pilot Project

Today, the District and the Florida DEP joined partners and interested stakeholders in celebrating the Lake Jesup Innovative Algae Harvesting Pilot Project on the shores of Lake Jesup.

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Board approves agricultural projects for water conservation, nutrient reduction

Eleven agricultural projects will share in nearly $880,000 in cost-share funds from the District to improve water conservation.

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Rainfall in November above average Districtwide

November brought above average rainfall, with most of the activity occurring between Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. The remainder of November was dry.

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District waives fee to plug abandoned artesian wells

The District has waived any associated fees to plug eligible abandoned artesian wells within the District’s 18-county region.

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Stick Marsh air boat ramp to close due to nearby construction activities

The District has closed the Stick Marsh air boat ramp due to nearby construction activities at Structure S-96.

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Public invited to virtual Central Recreational Public Meeting Dec. 16

A land management update is among the items to be discussed Dec. 16 during the District’s virtual Central Recreational Public Meeting.

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Lake Jesup Innovative Algae Harvesting Pilot Project Celebration Dec. 17

The District will host a celebration of the Lake Jesup Innovative Algae Harvesting Pilot Project on Dec. 17.

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Public invited to Dec. 16 webinar on innovative algal bloom treatment pilot project for Lake Minneola

The District will host a public webinar regarding the Lake Minneola Innovative Algal Bloom Treatment Project on Dec. 16.

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District Governing Board elects new slate of officers

The District’s Governing Board today elected Rob Bradley to serve as its Chairman through November 2022.

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District receives U.S. Department of Defense Above and Beyond Award

The District has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense, on behalf of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve Forces.

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District Board approves purchase of nearly 380 acres for water resource protection in Brevard County

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of two adjacent properties for water resource protection efforts in Brevard County.

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Rainfall in October slightly below average Districtwide

While it is still storm season around the St. Johns River Water Management District, October brought rainfall well below the long-term average.

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District Governing Board to meet Nov. 9

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Nov. 9 at its Palatka headquarters. The public is invited to attend and to offer in-person comment on Board agenda items.

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Do your part to save water: Reset your sprinkler system to fall back to once-a-week

Starting Sunday, Nov. 7, homeowners and businesses across the 18 counties of the District should reset their automatic sprinkler systems.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The District is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts Nov.

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Flood control structure rehabilitation work begins in November near Stick Marsh

Access to the southern portion of the Three Forks Conservation Area and T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area will be intermittently closed beginning in early November.

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Board adopts 2021 Minimum Flows and Levels priority list and schedule

The District Governing Board today adopted the 2021 Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) priority list, which lays out the agency’s plan for completing and re-evaluating MFLs through 2024.

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Rainfall in September slightly below average Districtwide

While it is still storm season around the St. Johns River Water Management District, September brought rainfall slightly below the long-term average.

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Governing Board to hold October meeting offsite in Fernandina Beach City Hall

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold its October monthly meeting offsite at Fernandina Beach City Hall on Oct. 12.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Oct. 6 in Vero Beach

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Oct. 6 during the District’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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District awards Blue School Grants to 14 projects focused on water resource education

Thirteen schools and 14 classroom projects in eight counties will receive Blue School Grant funding from the District for hands-on projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math.

District reduces tax rate for ninth year, funds major projects in nearly $148 million budget

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2021‒2022 budget and reduced its millage rate for a ninth consecutive year.

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ICYMI: Governor Ron DeSantis Announces More than $114 Million for Wastewater Treatment Grants to Improve Water Quality Across the State

Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Shawn Hamilton and local officials to announce the awards for the Wastewater Grant Program, which was established in the Clean Waterways Act and funded in this year’s Florida Leads Budget for projects statewide to reduce nutrient pollution.

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St. Johns River Water Management District launches portal to collect feedback on Kirkpatrick Dam and Rodman Reservoir

The St. Johns River Water Management District has launched a web-based portal to collect feedback from local community members and stakeholders regarding the Kirkpatrick Dam and Rodman Reservoir.

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board today appointed Mike Register (left) as Executive Director. Here he is congratulated by Governing Board Chairman Gen. Douglas Burnett.

St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board Names New Executive Director

The District Governing Board today unanimously appointed Michael A. Register, P.E., as the District’s Executive Director.

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Board approves ranking of agricultural projects to share nearly $1 million for water conservation, nutrient reduction

Ten agricultural projects will share nearly $1 million from the District to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways.

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Despite wet conditions, August rainfall slightly below average

August is typically the wettest month of the year, bringing rainy conditions to the District. The month wrapped up with rainfall slightly below the long-term average.

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District Governing Board to meet Sept. 14

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting and budget hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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ICYMI: Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Shawn Hamilton as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced his appointment of Emile D. “Shawn” Hamilton as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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Reminder: District’s Blue School Grant Program Deadline Sept. 10

The deadline is fast approaching for teachers planning to apply for this year’s round of Blue School Grant Funding. Now entering the sixth year of this water education grant program, the District anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning. The application deadline is Sept. 10.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Maryam Ghyabi-White to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Maryam Ghyabi-White to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board. 

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District to hold public workshops on draft 2021 MFLs priority list and schedule

The District will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts.

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District achieves milestone in prescribed burn acreage

The District achieved a new milestone in July, hitting an all-time annual high 52,289 acres of District lands receiving prescribed burns.

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District resiliency projects to include “green” infrastructure

The St. Johns River Water Management District continues to support and highlight state, regional, and local resiliency efforts through its core missions.

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Two more projects to receive legislative funds toward IRL water quality improvement

Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is getting another boost from the state with two additional projects selected to receive legislative funding.

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Aquifer levels are rising, thanks to July rains

July started with Tropical Storm Elsa making landfall on Florida’s northern Gulf Coast, bringing rainy conditions to the District.

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Lake Jesup pilot project to remove algae, nutrients from lake water

The District is launching a pilot project this week to harvest and remove algae, suspended solids and associated nutrients from Lake Jesup’s waters. The project’s data will help the District determine the potential for a full-scale system to help achieve state water quality standards established for Lake Jesup.

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Visit District lands but please don’t pick the berries

There are a lot of “dos” when visiting public lands owned and managed by the District — do take your time to enjoy natural Florida, do take drinking water and insect repellent, do hike or bike and take advantage of these unspoiled acres.

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District Governing Board to meet Aug. 10

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Aug. 10 at its Palatka headquarters. The public is invited to attend and to offer in-person comment on Board agenda items. A livestream will also be available for members of the public to observe the meeting online.

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Public comment period open through Aug. 27 on draft Central Springs/East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan

The District is accepting public comment on the draft Central Springs/East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan through Aug. 27.

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District to mechanically remove nuisance vegetation within the Orange Creek Restoration Area

The District is launching a project to mechanically harvest and remove mats of floating vegetation —and their associated nutrients — from waters within the Orange Creek Restoration Area.

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Annual report shows average daily water use is 115 gallons per person

Annual water use reporting conducted by the District shows that 2020 total water use was 1% lower than the five-year average but 4% higher than 2019.

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District recognizes July 2021 as Lakes Appreciation Month

On Tuesday, the District’s Governing Board recognized July 2021 as Lakes Appreciation Month, joining the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) and groups around the country in the annual proclamation to raise awareness of lakes’ importance and benefits.

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Board approves utility partnerships to protect water supplies and lake levels

The District’s Governing Board today approved partnership agreements with four north Florida water supply utilities to participate in the Black Creek Water Resource Development Project

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District Board approves tentative budget

The District’s Governing Board approved a tentative budget Tuesday that maintains the current millage rate for taxpayers.

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Above-average June rainfall brings up lake levels

In a word, June was wet — and in some areas, extremely wet. The western edge of the District recorded more than 10 inches of rain in June.

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District to hold public workshops in July on draft Central Springs/East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan

The District is conducting three public workshops to discuss the draft Central Springs/East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan and to take public comment.

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District reopening public lands Thursday

The District is reopening its public lands Thursday at noon, having completed safety assessments following Tropical Storm Elsa’s effects in north and east-central Florida.

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District to reopen offices, navigational locks Thursday

District headquarters in Palatka, service centers in Jacksonville and Maitland and its field stations will reopen at 8 a.m., Thursday, July 9, in the wake of Tropical Storm Elsa.

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District to close some facilities, lands Wednesday in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa

The District will close its public lands and all offices north of I-4 on Wednesday in anticipation of effects from Tropical Storm Elsa.

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District Governing Board to meet July 13

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting July 13 at its Palatka headquarters.

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District offers tips to homeowners to prepare for tropical weather systems

By being proactive ahead of a storm, homeowners can protect themselves and their property from flooding effects that are often the biggest problem associated with tropical systems in Florida. The District’s website provides easy access to valuable data and information to assist the public and local governments before, during and after severe storm events.

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District debuts improved water quality data web portal

Public access to the most up-to-date water quality information in the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon just got better, thanks to a web portal redesign by the District’s data collection and management team.

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District to share innovative algal bloom treatment contract with fellow water managers, FDEP

The District is now offering other Florida water management districts and the State of Florida access to a proprietary algicide treatment to fight cyanobacterial.

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Rainfall in May was well below average Districtwide

May rainfall was well below average across the District, with only a few areas of near-average rainfall.

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District Governing Board to meet June 8

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting June 8 at its Palatka headquarters. The public is invited to attend and to offer in-person comment on Board agenda items.

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Preparing for hurricane season starts with resilience, long before June 1

While the start of hurricane season is just days away, the District works year-round to address resiliency through its core missions and through cost-share project funding with local partners.

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District completes improvements to Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-Way

The District has completed a $2.7 million maintenance and improvement project to the nearly 20-year-old Lake Apopka Marsh Flow-Way.

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District’s Blue School Grant Program accepting applications June 1–Sept. 10

Now entering the sixth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the District anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

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Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Two to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Douglas Burnett and Ryan Atwood to the District’s Governing Board. 

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Board approves 24 water resource protection projects to share $10.6 million

Twenty-four projects will share in nearly $10.6 million from the District for construction of water supply and water conservation, water quality improvement, natural systems restoration and flood protection projects.

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Single-ramp access at Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp during repairs starts May 15

Access to Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp in Indian River County will be limited to one ramp while the St. Johns River Water Management District repairs the two ramps at the popular facility beginning May 15.

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Governing Board proclaims May 16–22 as Water Reuse Week

To promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water, the District’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a resolution proclaiming May 16–22 as Water Reuse Week.

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District gains additional water conservation lands at Lake Washington

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a land exchange that will increase District conservation land on the St. Johns River by 1,200 acres.

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Unusually wet April benefits water levels

While April is usually one of Florida’s drier months, above-average rainfall last month across the St. Johns River Water Management District benefited water levels in the Floridan aquifer.

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District Board adopts new minimum levels for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva

The District Governing Board today voted to adopt revised minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, in Keystone Heights.

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District Governing Board to meet May 11

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting May 11 at its Palatka headquarters.

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Letter to the editor: Take control of your water use this spring and Water Less

In Florida, April is typically a dry month when water demands are higher due to springtime planting and low rainfall amounts.

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District proclaims April 2021 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the eighth consecutive year, the District’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month.

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District moving ahead with minimum flows and levels, strategy to protect lakes Brooklyn and Geneva

The District is nearing completion of the process to revise minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, in Keystone Heights.

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Board approves ranking of agricultural projects that conserve water, reduce nutrients

Fifteen agricultural projects will share in cost-share funds from two different funding programs of the District to assist farmers and growers on projects that conserve water and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways.

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March’s dry weather is good reminder why April is Water Conservation Month

With below-average rainfall in March across the central and southern ends of the District, it’s a good reminder why April is Water Conservation Month in Florida.

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Partners celebrate project to reintroduce clams into the Indian River Lagoon

The District and Brevard Zoo today celebrated the launch of an innovative cost-sharing project to reintroduce clams into the Indian River Lagoon with the goal of establishing new clam populations in the estuary.

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District Governing Board to meet April 13 at Cocoa City Hall

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting April 13 at the Cocoa City Hall.

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Register now for virtual April 15 Northern Recreational Public Meeting

The District will hold a virtual public meeting April 15 to discuss the management of District lands in its northern region.

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Public teleconference April 12 for MFLs peer review for Sylvan Lake

The District will hold a public teleconference April 12 as part of the peer review process for the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) report for Sylvan Lake in Seminole County.

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District launches pilot study to remove tannins, nutrients from Black Creek water

The District today officially launched a two-month pilot project to test an innovative treatment process to remove natural tannins and nutrients from Black Creek water.

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Expect weekday construction detours on Lake Apopka Loop Trail

Recreational users of the Loop Trail at Lake Apopka will experience a detour beginning March 15 to allow for construction activities on the District’s Lake Apopka Duda Property Water Storage Improvement Project.

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Did you set it and forget it? It’s time for a sprinkler system checkup

Spring is a great time to give your automatic sprinkler system a checkup. As warm temperatures return and spring planting begins, the District’s seasonal Water Less campaign message focuses on irrigation system maintenance with the question “Did you set it and forget it?”

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District leader receives U.S. Department of Defense Employer Patriot Award

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Program with its prestigious Employer Patriot Award for the agency’s strong support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. District Governing Board Chairman Gen. Douglas Burnett, retired commanding officer of the Florida National Guard, presented the award to Dr. Shortelle at the board’s regular monthly meeting on March 9.

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District proclamation designates April as Water Conservation Month

Water conservation is at the heart of the District’s mission of protecting and ensuring the sustainability of Florida’s water supplies. The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a proclamation that designates April 2021 as Water Conservation Month to heighten awareness about the importance of water conservation.

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Above-average rainfall in February offered relief to winter’s dry weather trend

February rainfall was above average throughout the St. Johns River Water Management District, although the northern half of the District received considerably more rain than the southern half.

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Navigational channels closed today during prescribed fire at Three Forks Conservation Area in Brevard County

The District will conduct a prescribed burn Tuesday totaling 6,000 acres at Three Forks Conservation Area in Brevard County. The purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and to improve wildlife habitat conditions.

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District launches free, interactive journey of the St. Johns River

Join the District for a virtual journey along the 310 miles of the St. Johns River and head to places you may never have seen before.   

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Public teleconference March 15 to discuss Sylvan Lake MFLs peer review

The District will hold a public teleconference on March 15 to discuss draft peer review findings for the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) report for Sylvan Lake in Seminole County.

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Enhanced levee maintenance project turns into an amenity at Lake Apopka

Visitors to the District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive (LAWD) this weekend will see their donations at work.

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Public webinar March 4 on Red Bug Lake MFL model peer review

The District will hold a public webinar March 4 to discuss the draft technical memo and receive final stakeholder comments on the surface water model peer review for Red Bug Lake, in Seminole County.

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More progress underway to update Palatka’s aging water system

Construction has started on a project to replace old cast-iron water pipes in the city of Palatka’s central downtown and eastern Palatka Heights communities.

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Register now for virtual Feb. 23 Southern Recreational Public Meeting

The District will hold a public teleconference Feb. 23 to discuss management of lands within the south region of the District.

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Expect alternative route on Wildlife Drive this weekend

Visitors to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive should anticipate a temporary closure at the western McDonald/Canal roads section of the drive this weekend.

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District Consolidated Annual Report highlights water resource protection progress

An annual progress report on the District’s water resource management and protection initiatives was approved by its Governing Board on Tuesday.

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Dry weather trend continued in January

A dry weather trend continued across most of the District in January, with eight counties receiving less than a half-inch of rainfall over the month.

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District Governing Board to meet Feb. 9 at Apopka City Hall

The District Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 9 at the Apopka City Hall.

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District surplus lab equipment gets new life educating students at Silver River Museum lab

District surplus lab equipment is getting a second life in the Silver River Museum lab, which is being created to offer Marion County middle and high school students an opportunity to learn about water chemistry in the Silver River.

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Cost-share project applications accepted through Feb. 19

The District is accepting applications Jan. 14–Feb. 19 for both its Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Districtwide Cost-Share Program and its FY 2021-2022 funding program for REDI communities and innovative technology.

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District to hold webinar on flood risk reduction, flood control operations

The District will hold a webinar on Jan. 28 to discuss flood risk reduction and emergency action plans for the Ocklawaha River and Upper St. Johns River federal flood control projects.

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District offers free continuing education credits to community association managers

The District is offering three course options for community association managers (CAM) to earn free continuing education credits.

A map illustrates rainfall conditions in September across the St. Johns River Water Management District.

December trended toward drier conditions

Many counties across the District had a very dry December, with the southern half of the District receiving less than an inch of rainfall over the month.

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Register now for Jan. 14 virtual Central Recreational Public Meeting

The District will hold a public teleconference Jan. 14 to discuss management of lands within the central portion of the District.

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District opens new temporary parking area at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance

The District has created interim parking and a new small gate at the entrance of the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive to allow pedestrian and bicycle access to the recreational Loop Trail as Orange County upgrades its Magnolia Park amenities.

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Application deadline to share in agricultural cost-share funds is Jan. 29

The District is accepting cost-share applications through Jan. 29 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in partnering on agricultural projects that promote water conservation.

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Construction begins this week on Lake Apopka water storage improvement project

Construction will begin this week on the Lake Apopka Duda Property Water Storage Improvement Project to improve water management abilities and reduce phosphorus loading to Lake Apopka through infrastructure improvements.

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Board approves $2.19 million project to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Apopka

The District Governing Board today approved the contract for a $2.19 million project to reduce phosphorus loads to Lake Apopka through infrastructure improvements to the Duda portion of the North Shore.

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November’s good news: No drought conditions, aquifer in high ranges, strong central Florida springflow

The final month of 2020’s Atlantic hurricane season ended with good news for most counties in the District: No drought conditions, the Floridan aquifer system is in the high ranges, and Orlando-area springs are experiencing strong flows.

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Public invited to participate in rulemaking process for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva recovery strategies

The District will hold a rule development workshop on Dec. 10 to discuss recovery strategies for the minimum levels in lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, located in Clay and Bradford counties.

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Public invited to virtual hearing on Julington-Durbin Preserve 10-year land management plan

The District is holding a virtual public hearing on Dec. 16 to take public comment on its draft 10-year land management plan for the Julington-Durbin Preserve.

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Public webinar Dec. 16 to discuss Red Bug Lake surface water model peer review

The District will hold a public webinar on Dec. 16 to discuss initial peer review comments on the surface water model that will be used to develop minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for Red Bug Lake in Seminole County.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The District is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts.

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District Governing Board to meet Dec. 8

The District Governing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 8 both electronically and in-person for the benefit of the public wishing to participate.

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Fish kills: Know who to call, what you can do to help

The District and other partners have received several reports of localized fish kills in the Indian River Lagoon over the past few days. District staff, along with Brevard County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program and others, are investigating.

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Board votes to purchase 102 acres in Marion County to protect water resources

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted Tuesday to partner with Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) and the Florida Forest Service (FFS) to purchase nearly 102 acres.

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Board approves ranking of agricultural projects that conserve water, reduce nutrients

Nine agricultural projects will share in nearly $779,000 in cost-share funds from the District to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways.

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Project to improve water quality in Indian River Lagoon moves forward

The District Governing Board on Tuesday awarded a contract for the construction of the Crane Creek/M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project, a project aimed at reducing nutrient flows to the Indian River Lagoon.

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District Governing Board elects officers

The District’s Governing Board re-elected Gen. Douglas Burnett of St. Augustine to serve as its chairman for a second year.

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SJRWMD Board approves 2020 CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan

The District Governing Board today approved an updated plan to address central Florida’s current and long-term water supply needs.

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Rainy October in coastal areas while inland counties were dry

An extreme range of dry conditions in inland counties to very wet coastal counties in October demonstrated how fickle Florida’s seasonal rainfall patterns can be.

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Apopka Wildlife Drive online donation option now available

Visitors to the District’s widely popular Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive at the Lake Apopka North Shore now have the option to donate toward the drive’s upkeep.

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Innovative algal bloom treatment pilot project gets under way at Lake Minneola

An innovative project to fight algal blooms in Lake Minneola is getting under way this week with water quality monitoring.

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District Governing Board to meet Nov. 10

The District Governing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 10 both electronically and in-person for the benefit of the public wishing to participate.

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Free webinar series on Florida’s water resources continues

The District’s free bimonthly Thursday morning webinar series continues with upcoming presentations on Indian River Lagoon water quality, protecting water resources through partnerships, and freshwater wetland restoration in the Upper St. Johns River Basin.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The District is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts Nov. 13–15 and Dec. 4–6 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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Do your part to save water: Reset your sprinkler system to fall back to once-a-week

Starting Sunday, Nov. 1, homeowners and businesses across the 18 counties of the District should reset their automatic sprinkler systems to water no more than once a week.

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Public access restricted around Structure 96D during rehab project

The District will temporarily restrict public access around the service bridge and nearby levees at a water control structure known as S-96D in Indian River County while the structure undergoes renovation.

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District awards Blue School Grants to 14 schools for water resource education

Fourteen schools in eight counties will receive Blue School Grant funding from the District for hands-on projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics.

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Register now for Oct. 22 virtual Southern Recreational Public Meeting

The District will hold a public teleconference to discuss management of lands within the Upper St. Johns River Basin, as well as projects and recreational management in the basin.

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Public meeting Oct. 27 to discuss model peer review for Redbug Lake

The District will hold a public webinar Oct. 27 to kick off the peer review of the surface water model being used to develop minimum flows and levels for Redbug Lake in Seminole County, within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

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September’s above-average rainfall improves Floridan aquifer conditions

High September rainfall has boosted the District’s cumulative 12-month rainfall totals over its long-term average by 2.65 inches.

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Board adopts 2020 Minimum Flows and Levels priority list and schedule

The District Governing Board Tuesday adopted the 2020 Minimum Flows and Levels (MFL) priority list, which lays out the agency’s plan for completing and re-evaluating MFLs through 2024.

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District Governing Board to meet Oct. 13

The District Governing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 13 both electronically and in-person for the benefit of the public wishing to participate.

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District reduces tax rate for eighth year, funds major projects in $242 million budget

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2020-2021 budget and reduced its millage rate for an eighth consecutive year, keeping taxes low while providing significant funds for water resource protection and cost-share projects.

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Free webinar series on Florida’s water resources continues

The District’s free Thursday morning webinar series continues with upcoming discussions about waterwise landscaping, agricultural innovation and how aerial imagery can help the District protect water resources.

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District Board adopts five-year strategic plan, votes to fund water quality monitoring and rough fish harvests

The District’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved its 2021–2025 Strategic Plan, a five-year outlook for the agency in its work to protect water supplies, water quality and ecosystems, as well as protecting people, property and infrastructure from flooding.

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August rainfall was plentiful across central and north Florida

August brought above-average rainfall across much of the District and shrank a 12-month rainfall deficit in Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties.

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District unveils new Bayard Conservation Area parking and picnic areas

The eagerly anticipated new trailhead, picnic area and expanded parking area for the Bayard Conservation Area on State Road 16 in Clay County is now open, the District announced today.

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District Governing Board to meet through public teleconference Sept. 8

The District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting and budget hearing on Sept. 8 via teleconference.

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Public webinar Sept. 24 to discuss MFLs for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva

The district will hold a public webinar on Sept. 24 to discuss draft minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes Brooklyn and Geneva, in Clay and Bradford counties.

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District, FFS partnering on projects to reduce wildfire risk for Wedgefield community

The District and the Florida Forest Service (FFS) are teaming up on a wildfire fuels mitigation project to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires along the boundary between Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park and the Wedgefield community in Orange County.

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District to hold public workshops on draft 2020 MFLs priority list and schedule

The district will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts, on the draft 2020 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.

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Take an online adventure into the world of water — visit the district’s updated educational webpages.

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Minimize your flooding risk by doing these five things

As Florida keeps a close eye on the path of Tropical Storm Laura, here are five tips from the district to prepare for heavy rains from severe storms, including torrential rain from recent summer thunderstorms.

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Cocoa Beach cost-share project is another win for the Indian River Lagoon

The city of Cocoa Beach has completed improvements to its water reclamation facility, thanks in part to the district’s 2019 cost-share program.

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Minimum flows and levels, strategy to protect Lake Butler near completion

The district is nearing completion of the process to set protective minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for Lake Butler, a 296-acre sandhill lake in Volusia County.

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Volusia gets a foot of rain in July while north Florida rain stays below average

Along with the threat of a hurricane at the end of July, some portions of the district received copious rainfall.

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Application deadline to share in agricultural cost-share funds is Sept. 8

The district is accepting applications through Sept. 8 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in participating in the districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduce nutrient runoff.

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Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp to open Aug. 10

Anglers rejoice! The district will open the highly anticipated Headwaters Lake Boat Ramp in Indian River County on Aug 10.

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Deadline approaching for Blue School Grant Program applications

Teachers have until Sept. 4 to apply for 2020-2021 Blue School Grant funds from the district

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District Governing Board to meet through public teleconference Aug. 11

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to limit the size of public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 11 via teleconference.

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Navigation through Burrell, Moss Bluff and Apopka locks suspended Sunday

Due to the potential effects of Hurricane Isaias, navigation through the Burrell Lock, Moss Bluff Lock and Apopka Lock and Dam will be closed at sundown today and navigation suspended through Sunday.

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District monitoring Hurricane Isaias’ path and water levels

As Florida prepares for potential impacts from Hurricane Isaias, the district reminds northeast and east-central Floridians to bookmark its storm webpages.

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Public meeting Aug. 12 to discuss peer reviewer selection for Sylvan Lake MFLs

The district will hold a public teleconference on Aug. 12 to discuss the recommended selection of a peer reviewer for the Sylvan Lake minimum flows and levels (MFLs) report.

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District will close the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Sunday for Hurricane Isaias

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Indian River Lagoon cost-share opportunity open until Aug. 21

Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is getting a boost, thanks to $25 million in funding approved by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for fiscal year 2020–2021.

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District offers continuing education credits to community association managers

Community association managers (CAM) are invited to earn free continuing education credits through the district’s certified training courses on water quality and water conservation best practices for communities.

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Moss Bluff lock reopens

The Moss Bluff Lock in Marion County has been repaired and is reopened. The district operates and maintains the structure, which serves as a navigational aid and flood control structure on the Ocklawaha River.

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Moss Bluff lock closed for mechanical repairs

The Moss Bluff Lock in Marion County is temporarily closed due to a hydraulic/electrical issue. The district operates and maintains the structure, which serves as a navigational aid and flood control structure on the Ocklawaha River.

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Annual report shows 9% decrease in water use over last decade

Annual water use reporting conducted by the district shows that 2019 total water use was 9 percent below the 10-year average.

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Public invited to learn more about innovative algal bloom treatment pilot project for Lake Minneola

The district will host a public webinar on July 29 to provide information about an innovative technology to reduce or eliminate harmful algal blooms in Lake Minneola.

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District recognizes July 2020 as Lakes Appreciation Month

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday joined the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) and groups around the country in recognizing July 2020 as Lakes Appreciation Month.

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District Board votes to reduce tax rate for 8th consecutive year

The district’s Governing Board Tuesday approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for an 8th consecutive year.

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Groundwater levels and spring flows increased in June

Groundwater levels across the district rebounded slightly in June after a late spring downward trend, while rainfall varied with above-average rainfall in the north and western portions and below-average totals in coastal and southern regions.

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Alternative water supply and water conservation cost-share opportunity open until Aug. 7

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature have approved $40 million in funding for fiscal year 2020-21 for development of water supply and water resource development projects.

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District Governing Board to meet July 14

The district Governing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting on July 14 both electronically and in-person.

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Learn about Florida’s water resources in free webinar series

The district’s free Thursday morning webinar series continues with upcoming discussions about the Water Less outdoor water conservation campaign, setting minimum flows and levels and ensuring resiliency in Florida’s communities.

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District conducting pilot project to remove nuisance vegetation from DeBary Bayou

The district is conducting a pilot project in the DeBary Bayou in Volusia County involving the mechanical removal of nuisance and exotic vegetation.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens to vehicles

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is reopening to vehicular access on Friday, June 12.

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Board approves rulemaking kickoff for Lake Butler minimum flows and levels

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday authorized staff to begin rulemaking to set minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for Lake Butler, in Volusia County.

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Central Florida water conservation projects under consideration for state funding

Two water conservation projects in the district’s portion of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) are under consideration for funding through a CFWI Water Conservation Cost-Share Program.

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Improved rainfall in May was good start to Florida’s rainy season

After a slow start, Florida’s rainy season kicked off in mid to late May, which rounded out the month with above-average rainfall.

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District pilot project working to reduce phosphorus discharges to Doctors Lake watershed

A full-scale demonstration project of the district to remove phosphorus from treated wastewater is now working to reduce the overabundance of nutrients that cause algal blooms in Doctors Lake in Clay County. 

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Watch the weather, wait to water this summer

Summer afternoon showers and tropical rainfall mean that Mother Nature may be able to handle much of your lawn sprinkling over the next few months, saving water and your money.

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District Governing Board to meet through public teleconference in June

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to limit the size of public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on June 9 through teleconference.

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District executive director Dr. Ann Shortelle is featured presenter for free June 4 webinar

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle is the featured speaker on June 4 in the district’s free educational webinar series.

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Water managers prepare for hurricane season, offer tips to homeowners

With the start of hurricane season just days away, the district’s website provides easy access to valuable data and information to assist the public and local governments before, during and after severe storm events.

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District’s Blue School Grant Program accepting applications June 1–Sept. 4

Now entering the fifth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the district anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enrich student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

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District takes top honors for water conservation campaign

The district’s Office of Communications was recently honored by the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) with a Grand All Image Award for its 2019 “Fall Back” outdoor water conservation campaign.

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Camping to reopen on District lands

The district is reopening campsites on district lands. Effective 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, both first-come/first-serve and reservable campsites are open.

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Storm water, springs and water supply highlighted in upcoming webinars on Florida’s water

The next topics in the district’s free educational webinar series include stormwater systems, Florida springs and the district’s core missions of water supply, water quality protection, natural systems and flood protection.

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Governing Board proclaims May 17–23 as Florida Water Reuse Week

To promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water, the district’s Governing Board on Tuesday approved a resolution proclaiming May 17–23 as Florida Water Reuse Week.

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Ongoing drought conditions not eased by April showers

Even with above-average rainfall in April, abnormally dry conditions continue throughout much of the district.

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District financial services director recognized for lifetime achievement

Mary-Lou Pickles, financial services director for the St. Johns River Water Management District, has been awarded the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA).

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District Governing Board to meet May 12 through public teleconference

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to limit the size of public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on May 12 through teleconference.

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Tune in to free water conservation webinar on May 7

The second in a series of free educational webinars about Florida’s water and its protection will be held Thursday, May 7, by the district.

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Learn about Florida’s water resources in free webinar series

The district will hold a series of Thursday morning educational webinars, beginning April 30, to explore the agency’s work to manage and protect water resources while engaging everyone to do their part.

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Governing Board meets via public teleconference, approves cost-share project rankings

To protect the health and safety of its staff and the public during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the district’s Governing Board held its regular monthly meeting today via teleconference.

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Looking for at-home educational resources? Visit www.sjrwmd.com

Staying home is staying safe, and many parents of school-aged kids are looking for ways to keep those busy young minds engaged in learning. The district is bolstering its online water education resources to help both teachers and parent-teachers meet that challenge while at home.

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Dry conditions bring reminder to conserve water outdoors

With below-normal rainfall causing increasingly drier conditions, the district wants to remind water users about the importance of outdoor water conservation.

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District Governing Board to meet April 14 through public teleconference

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directions to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on April 14 through teleconference.

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St. Johns River Water Management District COVID-19 updates

The district is following continuing guidance from the state of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and taking proactive measures to protect staff and the public.

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St. Johns River Water Management District taking steps to impede spread of COVID-19

The St. Johns River Water Management District is taking steps to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of its staff and the public. Effective today, all locations will be open only to employees.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive closing today in response to COVID-19

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed as a precaution this evening and will remain closed until further notice in response to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus commonly referred to as COVID-19.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s turkey hunts

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for FWC’s annual youth turkey hunt March 13–14 and women’s hunt on April 4–5 on portions of the district’s Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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District proclaims April 2020 as Springs Protection Awareness Month

For the seventh consecutive year, the district’s Governing Board has approved a proclamation designating April as Springs Protection Awareness Month.

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Rainfall deficits add to ongoing dry conditions

Most of the St. Johns River Water Management District is seeing dry conditions, with 16 of its 18 counties experiencing a 12-month rainfall deficit, including three counties with a 10-inch rainfall deficit.

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“Did you set it and forget it?” is timely reminder to check sprinkler system

With the change of the seasons, the district’s year-long #WaterLess campaign has shifted to focus on springtime watering needs and a timely reminder to give your sprinkler system a checkup.

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Volunteers give new Bayard Conservation Area trailhead a native plant makeover

With land clearing underway for the First Coast Expressway along State Road (SR) 16 in Clay County, the district will be relocating the SR 16 entrance and trailhead at its Bayard Conservation Area.

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Lake Apopka Loop Trail detours in place Feb. 18–20

A portion of the district’s Lake Apopka Loop Trail will be temporarily closed from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through Thursday, Feb. 20. The closure is due to construction of a restoration project and is necessary to ensure public safety as the district anticipates heavy equipment in the area. Visitors during these days should follow detour signs.

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Governing Board moves key Indian River Lagoon water quality project forward

The district’s Governing Board today approved an interlocal agreement with Brevard County for a project that will capture thousands of pounds of nutrients annually before they can reach the Indian River Lagoon and will restore clean water to the St. Johns River.

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Dry January adds to 12-month rainfall deficit

January kicked off the year with below-average rainfall across the entire 18-county St. Johns River Water Management District, adding to a rainfall deficit for the past 12 months.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Feb. 20 in Palm Bay

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Feb. 20 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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District Governing Board to meet Feb. 13

The district Board will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, at district headquarters in Palatka.

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Cocoa Beach muck dredging enters third phase

A $7.3 million partnership project between the city of Cocoa Beach, Brevard County, the district and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) will remove 200,000 cubic yards of muck from 12 canals in the Banana River Lagoon — and along with it,189,000 pounds of total nitrogen and 115,800 pounds of total phosphorus.

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District, North Florida Land Trust partner to preserve 578 acres on Black Creek in Clay County

The district and North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) have partnered on the conservation of 578 acres with three miles of riverfront on the north shore of Black Creek.

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Levees near S96C water control structure closed to public during rehabilitation project

The district has closed public access to levees near the water control structure known as S-96C in the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River County.

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Latest water quality project at Lake Apopka North Shore will use new technology

The district today hosted a preview visit to Lake Apopka highlighting a project that will soon use innovative technology to remove phosphorus and continue improving the lake’s water quality. The technology was successfully tested in 2017 on the Lake Apopka North Shore. Following a competitive bid process, this new project is the next step toward securing further water quality benefits for Lake Apopka.

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St. Johns River Water Management District executive director gets first-hand look at Blue School Grant in action

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle today joined student-scientists benefiting from the district’s Blue School Grant Program as they began field research testing water quality along the St. Johns River at Julington-Durbin Preserve.

Pictured: Rep. Travis Cummings, District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle and Sen. Rob Bradley at the August 2018 legislative funding announcement event.

District and CCUA partnering on septic-to-sewer conversions to benefit Doctors Lake

The district Governing Board today approved an agreement with Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) to convert up to 79 septic tanks to central sewer on properties adjacent to Doctors Lake.

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December rainfall was above average

December brought above-average rain across most of the 18 counties of the district, increasing lake levels in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin and groundwater levels in the Floridan aquifer.

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District closes Harris Bayou Spillway

The district has closed the Harris Bayou Spillway, and flow at the Burrell and Moss Bluff dams has been reduced to base flow and should not adversely affect downstream areas.

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Headwaters Lake boat ramp construction begins

Construction has begun on the highly anticipated boat ramp and recreation facility at Headwaters Lake, located at the north end of the district’s Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) in Indian River County.

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District Governing Board to meet Jan. 13

The district Board will hold its first regular monthly meeting of 2020 on Monday, Jan. 13, at district headquarters in Palatka.

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Public teleconferences Jan. 21 to discuss model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The district will hold two public teleconferences Jan. 21 to discuss peer review findings for surface water models for Lake Apshawa in Lake County and Sylvan Lake in Seminole County, both located within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

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District opens Harris Bayou Spillway and Upper Ocklawaha control structures

Recent heavy rainfall combined with seasonal high lake levels in the Upper Ocklawaha River Basin (UORB) has prompted the district to temporarily open the Harris Bayou Spillway and to maximize flows through three of the five water control structures on the chain of lakes.

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District, Putnam County complete wastewater treatment plant rebuild to protect Dunns Creek water quality

The District and Putnam County have completed a $2.5 million cost-share project to replace the Paradise Point wastewater treatment plant, reducing nutrient loading to Dunns Creek and protecting water quality in the St. Johns River system.

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Two REDI community projects to share $1 million for water quality improvements

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on Tuesday approved two projects in Flagler County to share $1 million in district cost-share funds for economically disadvantaged communities or innovative technologies.

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Land purchase expands Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to buy one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in the area between State Road 46 and the district’s existing Buck Lake boundary.

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Monthly rainfall update shows typically dry November

Although November rainfall was average or below-average across much of the St. Johns River Water Management District, groundwater in the Floridan aquifer system remained in the normal to high range for much of the 18-county region.

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Do your part to help save a billion gallons of water this winter

The district is asking homeowners across its 18-county region help save a billion gallons of water this winter by joining in the annual statewide “Skip a Week” campaign. During the cooler months of December, January and February, lawns and landscapes typically need less water.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts Dec. 6–8 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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For 15th year, District receives highest award for financial excellence and transparency

For the 15th consecutive year, the St. Johns River Water Management District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its fiscal year 2017-2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

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Public meetings Dec. 3 to discuss model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold two public meetings on Dec. 3 to discuss initial peer review comments on the surface water models for Lake Apshawa in Lake County and Sylvan Lake in Seminole County, both located within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) area.

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Two agricultural projects to share nearly $473,000 to reduce nutrient loading, water use

The district Governing Board on Tuesday approved moving forward with contracts for two agricultural projects that will reduce water use by 1.41 million gallons per day and reduce nitrogen and phosphorus.

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Groundwater levels in good shape from wet October

After a dry September, October brought rain across most of the 18 counties of the district, keeping groundwater levels in the Floridan aquifer high.

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Portions of Newnans Lake Conservation Area and Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve to close for youth and women’s deer hunts

The district is hosting the Gainesville chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for its annual youth and women’s deer hunts Nov. 8–10 and Dec. 6–8 on portions of the Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve and the Newnans Lake Conservation Area in Alachua County.

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Veterans to visit Sunnyhill Restoration Area for Operation Outdoor Freedom deer hunt

The district’s Sunnyhill Restoration Area will host wounded veterans in an Operation Outdoor Freedom guided deer hunt Nov. 5–7. A portion of the property, located in Marion County, will close for the event.

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Do your part: Reset your sprinkler system timer Saturday to fall back to once-a-week watering

Starting Sunday, Nov. 3, homeowners and businesses will fall back to once-a-week landscape irrigation across the 18 counties of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Nov. 3 is the day that Eastern Standard Time begins.

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Public and project partners celebrate completion of Osprey Acres Stormwater Park

Today, the district helped celebrate the completion of Osprey Acres Stormwater Park, Indian River County’s newest recreational and environmental oasis engineered to capture nutrients before they reach the Indian River Lagoon.

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Water Less is year-long water conservation campaign theme

The district has launched a year-long “Water Less” campaign to help raise awareness about water conservation and communicate easy ways to integrate outdoor water conservation into Floridians’ daily lives.

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Central recreation public meeting scheduled for Oct. 15

The district is hosting a public meeting to discuss updates to land management and recreation across Lake, Orange and Seminole counties as well as portions of Marion, Volusia and Brevard counties.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting Oct. 17 in Viera

A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed Oct. 17 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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Infrastructure project helps protect water quality in Lake Apopka

The district’s Governing Board awarded a contract Tuesday for construction services for a water quality project at the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore.

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Board approves ranking of agricultural projects to share in $1.56 million for water conservation, nutrient reduction

Thirteen agricultural projects will share in $1.56 million from the district to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways.

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Dry September creating drought conditions in north Florida

Typically one of Florida’s wettest months of the year, this September was drier on average, according to data collected by the district, and drought conditions are developing in north Florida, with Baker County experiencing severe drought.

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Navigational locks on Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes open for midday passage

Boaters in central Florida will be in for a pleasant surprise this week if they visit the navigational locks on the Ocklawaha Chain of Lakes.

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Public meetings Oct. 22 kick off model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The district will hold two public meetings on Oct. 22 to kick off the peer review process of surface water models.

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District awards Blue School Grants to 14 schools for water resource education

Fourteen schools are receiving grant funding from the district’s Blue School Grant Program for projects to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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District reduces tax rate for seventh year, funds major projects in $158 million budget

The district’s Governing Board on Tuesday adopted its fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, which reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a seventh consecutive year. The $158 million budget continues to provide significant funds for water resource protection and cost-share projects to ensure sustainable water resources, increase water conservation and protect water quality in springs and other priority water bodies.

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Partners break ground on pilot project to reduce phosphorus discharges to Doctors Lake watershed

Clay County Utility Authority and the district joined Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Travis Cummings on Tuesday in a ground-breaking ceremony for an innovative pilot project to remove phosphorus from treated wastewater.

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August rainfall above average while annual long-term total is slightly below

Data collected by the district shows August 2019 rainfall was above average districtwide. Additionally, in a flipflop of recent months, Indian River County, which has been below average for many months, had the highest countywide rainfall total, with 10.2 inches.

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District Board votes to purchase acreage for Volusia Blue wetland recharge project

The bistrict’s Governing Board Tuesday approved purchasing a 60-acre borrow pit near Volusia Blue Spring for a strategic partnership project that will allow wetland treatment

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Cost-share project applications accepted through Oct. 19

The district is accepting applications through Oct. 19 for Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and innovative projects to share in cost-share funding that supports the agency’s water resource protection mission.

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District lands reopen following post-storm inspections

The district has reopened all of its conservation lands to public recreation following Hurricane Dorian, except for the island portion of Murphy Creek Conservation Area.

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District’s Blue School Grant Program application period is extended to Sept. 11

The district has extended the application period for Blue School Grant project proposals to Sept. 11 due to school closures caused by Hurricane Dorian.

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After Hurricane Dorian, district lands begin reopening to the public

The district is working to reopen conservation lands to public recreation following Hurricane Dorian. Openings occur after district staff complete a safety assessment of recreational access points, levees, trails and boat ramps.

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Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens Sept. 6

The district is reopening the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive for regular operating hours Sept. 6.

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District operational update, Sept. 4, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations.

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District will hold Sept. 5 and Sept. 11 public workshops on draft 2019 MFLs priority list and schedule

With Hurricane Dorian pushing past Florida’s east coast, two public workshops will move forward as scheduled.

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District operational update, Sept. 3, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations

Map showing hurricane warnings and watches in Florida

District operational update, Sept. 2, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations.

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District operational update, Sept. 1, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations

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District operational update, Aug. 31, 2019

A summary of the district’s current status of operations.

Image of a flood control in the Upper St. Johns River Basin

District focus on flood protection heightens as Dorian approaches

When hurricanes and other storms bring high volumes of rain in short periods of time, flooding can result. The district’s water control structures in the Upper St. Johns River Basin (USJRB) and Upper Ocklawaha River Basin (UORB) are important federal flood protection projects.

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District will close its public lands Saturday in preparation for Hurricane Dorian

The district will close all its public lands districtwide at noon on Saturday, Aug. 31, in advance of Hurricane Dorian to ensure public and land management staff safety.

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District website provides flooding information, links to prepare for Dorian

As Florida’s east coast prepares for potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian, the district reminds northeast and east-central Floridians to bookmark its storm webpages for easy access to flooding information

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District will close the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive Aug. 30–Sept. 2

The district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will be closed from Aug. 30–Sept. 2. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

Water going down a storm drain

District urges preparedness as forecast puts Florida in Dorian’s path

As Tropical Storm Dorian approaches Florida early next week, likely as a hurricane, the district reminds property owners to be prepared for the storm’s heavy rains by cleaning debris from storm drains and reporting clogged ditches to local governments in advance of the storm.

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District to hold public workshops on draft 2019 MFLs priority list and schedule

The district will hold two public workshops, including a joint workshop with Southwest and South Florida water management districts, on the draft 2019 minimum flows and levels priority list and schedule.

Two people in a boat with gizzard shad in a box

Gizzard shad harvest reduces nutrient pollution in Lake George

The district’s Lake George gizzard shad harvest removed approximately 5,176 lbs. of phosphorus and 13,192 lbs. of nitrogen from the largest lake in the St. Johns River system, located in Marion, Lake, Volusia and Putnam counties.

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District receives statewide award for public outreach

The district’s Office of Communications was recently honored by the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) with a Golden Image Award for its Blue Schools Grant Program video.

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District receives award for technology innovation

A mobile application developed by the district’s Office of Information Technology recently earned recognition for its innovative use of technology.

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Above-average July rainfall in most areas, but drier along the coast

Data collected by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows July 2019 rainfall was above average in most areas of north and central Florida, but some coastal areas, particularly in the southern portion of the district, were drier.

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Public teleconference Aug. 15 to discuss model peer review for lakes Apshawa and Sylvan

The district will host a teleconference to discuss the selection of surface water model peer reviewers in support of the MFLs determination for Lake Apshawa South and Sylvan Lake.

View of Crane Creek from under the shadow of a tree

District plans community meeting Crane Creek/M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project

The district will hold a community meeting to exchange information with people interested in the Crane Creek/M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project Restoration Project

Young school children on an ecological retreat.

Sept. 6 is deadline for District’s Blue School Grant Program applications

Teachers have just one more month, until Sept. 6, to apply for a Blue School Grant for education projects to enhance student knowledge about Florida’s water resources.

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Video: Planting leafy ‘burritos’ in Lake Apopka to help protect water quality

Work is underway to plant about 5,000 leafy “burritos” in Lake Apopka to help protect water quality. The district is partnering with the University of Florida on the project to determine the best planting techniques and strategies.

Fire burning through a pine flatwoods

Prescribed fire today at Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County

The district is conducting a 107-acre prescribed burn Tuesday at the north end of Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County, along Fish Camp Road.

Excavator lowering equipment into a stormwater baffle box

This isn’t your dad’s stormwater treatment system

The district and the city of Titusville are partnering on a state-of-the-art stormwater “baffle box” that will capture hundreds of pounds of nutrients annually before they can reach the Indian River Lagoon.

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Southern Recreational Public Meeting July 24

PALM BAY, Fla., July 17, 2019 — A land management update and the Upper St. Johns River Basin project are among the items to be discussed July 24 during the district’s Southern Recreational Public Meeting.

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Multi-use recreational trail agreement receives board approval

The district’s Governing Board approved a pair of agreements for construction of a 2.78-mile paved, multi-use trail in Orange and Lake counties.

Dr. Shortel surrounded by board members

District recognizes July 2019 as Lakes Appreciation Month

With nearly 1,500 lakes within its boundaries, the district’s Governing Board on Tuesday recognized July 2019 as Lakes Appreciation Month.

Map of June 2019 rainfall

Data show relationship between rainfall and groundwater levels

Data collected in June by the district show groundwater conditions somewhat mirror the varied rainfall patterns measured across the district during the previous three months.

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District Board votes to reduce tax rate for seventh consecutive year

The district’s Governing Board Tuesday approved a tentative budget that reduces the millage rate for taxpayers for a seventh consecutive year.

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Grant awarded for boat ramp at Fellsmere Water Management Area

Anglers rejoice! The process to build the Headwaters Lake boat ramp at the Fellsmere Water Management Area (FWMA) took another step forward after the district’s Governing Board

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Projects bring reclaimed water to 349 homes in Ocoee and Winter Garden

Two cities recently completed projects that will bring reclaimed water service to 349 existing households in central Florida.

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Cost-share funds available to farmers for water-saving technologies

The district is accepting applications through Aug. 16 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways.

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Annual report shows 11% decrease in water use over last decade

Annual water use reporting conducted by the district shows that 2018 total water use was 7 percent lower than 2017 and 11 percent below the 10-year average

Map of monthly rainfall in April 2019

May brought below-average rainfall districtwide

Below-average rainfall persisted throughout the district throughout May, with the greatest deficit in the northern counties.

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District Governing Board to meet June 11

The district Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on June 11 at district headquarters in Palatka. The full board meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Governing Board Room.

Students at a salt marsh learnign about seining

District’s Blue School Grant Program accepting applications now through Sept. 6

Now entering the fourth year of its Blue School Grant Program, the district anticipates offering up to $20,000 in grants for education projects that enhance student knowledge of Florida’s water resources through hands-on learning.

John Richmond using his cell phone to test a water control structure

District upgrades technology in advance of hurricane season

With the arrival of hurricane season on June 1, the district is more than ready for the worst Mother Nature may dish up this storm season.

Aerial view of Lake Apopka and the marsh flow-way

Lake Apopka water quality project will use a 2,000-foot-wide, lake-bottom sump

The district has recently completed dredging to create a 2,000-foot-wide sump, or depression, on the bottom of Lake Apopka.

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Northern Recreational Public Meeting May 23 in Palatka

PALATKA, Fla., May 22, 2019 ― Updates on land management and recreation activities will be discussed May 23 during the district’s Northern Recreational Public Meeting.

Fishermen catching gizzard shad

Board approves gizzard shad harvest for Lake George

The district Governing Board today approved $450,000 in funding for gizzard shad harvesting from Lake George, part of the St. Johns River system in Putnam and Volusia counties.

Map of monthly rainfall in April 2019

Rainfall trends remain steady with some regional variation

While central and northern regions of the district received typical rainfall for April, below-average rainfall persisted in the southern third of the district.

Dr. Ann Shortelle speaking at the Eau Gallie River dredging event

District, partners celebrate a cleaner Eau Gallie River

The district, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), state and local elected officials, and Indian River Lagoon protection advocates gathered today to celebrate the completion of a two-year-long muck dredging project in the Eau Gallie River aimed at improving water quality.

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District Governing Board to meet May 14 in Cape Canaveral

The district Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on May 14 off-site at the Canaveral Port Authority headquarters in Cape Canaveral. While governing board meetings are routinely held at district headquarters in Palatka, the board holds periodic off-site meetings to be more accessible to the public and enhance transparency in district business.

Sail boats docked in a harbour

District, partners celebrate the removal of mountains of muck

The district, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, state and local elected officials and Indian River Lagoon protection advocates will celebrate the completion of muck dredging from the Eau Gallie River in Melbourne.

Florida Water Reuse Week proclamation signing

District recognizes May 19-25 as Florida Water Reuse Week

To help promote and encourage efficient use of reclaimed water, the district’s Governing Board has approved a resolution proclaiming May 19-25 as Florida Water Reuse Week.

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Vendors invited to learn how to do business with the District

Vendors small and large are invited to an outreach event on May 9 to learn how to do business with the district.

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District work protects and preserves 450,000 acres of wetlands

The district has published its Annual Wetland Activities Report, showing that 449,135 acres of wetlands have been created, protected, enhanced or restored by the district since 1989. This is equivalent to more than 700 square miles of wetlands.

Area of the north shore of Lake Apopka and marsh flow-way