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April 21, 2017
Partnership projects add up to water savings
Multiple water supply projects funded through the district’s competitive cost-share program are resulting in millions of gallons of water saved across the district’s 18-county service area. In 2016, the district’s governing board approved 43 projects to benefit water supply. In 2015, 20 water supply projects were approved. Collectively, the district contributed $24 million toward construction of projects estimated to achieve up to 73.3 million gallons of water conserved or made available each day.
Experiencing water science in new ways
District education coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, works alongside students from teacher Josue Urbina’s classes and Science Incubator guides during a lesson on macroinvertebrates and water quality earlier this week.
District staff are having a great time sharing knowledge and meeting teachers and students throughout the district who are participating in this year’s Blue School Grant Program. Earlier this week, staff worked alongside teacher Josue Urbina and his students from Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Seminole County where the grant provided a chance to get in the field for a hands-on science experience. Collecting specimens from a lake in Lake Lotus Park, learning about the local ecology and getting to tour a water treatment facility were all a part of their field trip to the Altamonte Springs Science Incubator.
Water Conservation Month activity
What are you doing to conserve water? We want to know. Watch the district’s Facebook page April 24 for details on a contest where you can share with us and our thousands of followers just how easy it is to save Florida’s water.
Earth Day festivals this weekend
District staff will be out this weekend celebrating Earth Day in several of our local communities. While Earth Day is recognized on April 22, we’ve also joined several communities and organizations at festivals to celebrate stewardship of natural resources in recent weeks. It’s always our pleasure to meet members of the public and local officials, and share information about the district’s work. We hope to see you in Altamonte Springs or Putnam County on Saturday!
This week in district social media
- Thanks to our many partners who are helping us celebrate Water Conservation Month in April. We’re excited to recognize those who recently joined the district approving proclamations. Thanks to the cities of Lake Helen, Oviedo, Edgewater, Oak Hill, Orlando, West Melbourne, Apopka, South Dayton, DeBary, Orange City and Keystone Heights, and Clay, Nassau and Seminole counties.
- We always appreciate a little help from our friends! Earlier this week district staff spotted a curious dolphin while they were doing continuous monitoring work in the Indian River Lagoon.
- The district’s Pellicer Creek Conservation Area demonstrates several regionally significant ecological communities, including saltwater marsh, freshwater marsh, wet prairie, mixed wetland hardwoods, pine flatwoods, longleaf pine, xeric oak and upland hardwood forest. #TrailTuesday
Water conservation tip
We’re checking our rain sensor monitor to
ensure it’s in good working order. Are you?
Find ways to save water outdoors at www.sjrwmd.com/waterconservation/