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Jan. 20, 2017
St. Johns, Suwannee River governing boards approve first-ever water supply plan for north Florida
The governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts on Jan. 17 jointly approved a 20-year plan to protect the sustainability of water supplies and identify potential future water supply sources. Approval of the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan completes a four-year public process and the first-ever joint planning effort between the two agencies and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The approved plan is a result of collaboration between a multitude of stakeholders from a variety of groups, organizations and entities from both water management districts that have an interest in the region's water supply, including agriculture, commercial/power generation, environmental advocates, industrial/mining, local governments and public water suppliers.
Birdapalooza draws crowds to Lake Apopka North Shore
Visitors to the district’s Lake Apopka North Shore should expect additional traffic this weekend, as the area will host several walking and biking tours related to the fifth annual Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival and Birdapalooza.
Controlled burn at Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County
The district conducted an 83-acre controlled burn on Jan. 18 at the Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent natural communities. Prescribed fire’s benefits include restoring and maintaining natural communities, reducing chances of destructive wildfires, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases and opening scenic vistas.
This week in district social media
- Thanks to district staffers R.H. Davis, Robin Harrell and Teresa Monson for submitting photos this week.
- A bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) perches in a tree along the Black Creek in Clay County. Find out how public lands help protect threatened and endangered plants and animals at https://goo.gl/QjO4V7.
- #knowbeforeyougo Winter is a great time to explore district lands, but be sure to check brochures for hunting dates specific to each property where hunting is allowed. Learn more about sharing district lands at https://youtu.be/dbPW5J3RAp0.
- #TrailTuesday featured the district’s Moses Creek Conservation Area in St. Johns County with more than 7 miles of trails to explore through a variety of natural habitats. For directions and a trail map, visit http://ow.ly/YYbH300mFgB.
- Shout out to the city of Eustis on its groundbreaking for the upgrade and expansion of the city’s Eastern Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is partially funded with district cost-share funds. https://goo.gl/wdbY7s
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson addressed the members of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management district boards during a joint meeting to consider the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan.
- Using coquina, district crews worked to regrade a levee at the district’s Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area to help improve driving surfaces as well as combat erosion in Marion County.
- We’re always excited to help the next generation of environmental stewards learn about the district’s work. We recently hosted a crew of 10 students from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, for a prescribed burn! These students are studying wildland firefighting and gained valuable experience working with the district at our Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Marion County.
- The district’s Agricultural Assistance Team helps make the permitting process efficient for growers seeking permits. Learn more about the process at https://goo.gl/pMYmlv.
Water conservation tip
Save water by installing a new showerhead. Using a newer model that delivers 2 gallons of water per minute instead of an older model that delivers as high as 5 gallons per minute could cut your cost in half. Look for the WaterSense® label to ensure good performance and efficiency.