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August 12, 2014
Indian River Lagoon projects move forward
Enhanced protection of the Indian River Lagoon took another step forward on Aug. 12 when the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board authorized projects with the federal and local governments that will infuse another $1 million into lagoon protection.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide $595,000 of the funding through the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRL NEP) that will be leveraged with $484,000 in local matching funds for 15 projects that will benefit the lagoon.
Seven projects to share Tri-County Agricultural Area partnership funding
Seven farms in northeast Florida’s Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA) will share $639,220 in state funds to implement projects that will contribute to improving the health of the St. Johns River.
The District’s Governing Board on Aug. 12 approved entering into cost-share agreements under the TCAA Water Management Partnership (WMP) that will fund best management practices and projects to control runoff from farms and reduce pollutant loads to the St. Johns River.
New web page features permitting news and tips
The District has launched a new web page focused on providing up-to-date information and tips for permit applicants.
Peer review meetings were held over the past year with consultants, permit applicants and others to share information about the permitting process and to receive feedback. The “Permitting news and tips” web page was developed in response to requests to keep permit holders and applicants updated on statewide and local permitting rules, and to provide tips on applying for permits and a list of staff contacts.
The Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting (SWERP) program requires permit applicants to submit documentation of “sufficient real property interest” over the land upon which the proposed activities will be conducted. Please see Section 4.2.3(d) Applicant’s Handbook, Volume I for appropriate documentation. Providing this documentation along with the application will help avoid delays in the permit review process.