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April 29, 2016

Message from the Executive Director:

District staff are evaluating cost-share applications

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle (center) discusses the District's cost-share program with Bureau of Project Management staff Derek Busby and Carol Brown.

The application deadline closed last week for the latest round of districtwide cost-share funding, and staff have now rolled up their sleeves to evaluate the 86 applications we received.

In the coming weeks, staff will be looking for projects that enhance water conservation, develop alternative water supplies, improve water quality, enhance natural systems and provide flood protection. The evaluation process continues through mid-May with the goal of presenting a list of projects for funding consideration to the governing board in June.

The governing board places great importance in the District’s cost-share program, providing up to $25 million this fiscal year. I believe it is in our combined interests to identify and implement those projects that address a water-resource need and improve our local communities.

Thanks to all the local governments and other interested stakeholders who met with District staff to explore opportunities for partnerships and to those who chose to submit applications. We are making great progress, and I am pleased the District is able to assist our local communities with this important work.

Heritage Park homeowners to benefit from water-saving automated meters

About 700 homes in St. Augustine are receiving new automatic water metering technology allowing the city and homeowners to track their water conservation efforts through real-time data collection and identify leaks more quickly. The pilot project is a cost-share partnership between the district and the city of St. Augustine.

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Reclaimed water project to protect Volusia Blue Spring nearing completion

After two years of planning and construction, reclaimed water lines connecting the reuse distribution systems of DeLand, Deltona, Orange City and Volusia County are complete. The $6 million cost-share project was funded through the district and a 2013 state legislative appropriation in partnership with the West Volusia Water Suppliers, made up of Volusia County local governments.

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Educational ‘Lunch and Learn’ series promotes water conservation

Prissy Fletcher (left) and Deirdre Irwin presented water conservation information to district staff during a lunch and learn session.

The district recently hosted a water conservation seminar for staff who want to learn more about water-saving methods and programs. The seminar was part of a “Lunch and Learn” event in honor of Water Conservation Month.

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One year later, Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive thrives

One year after the district opened the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, about 50,000 visitors have experienced the one-way, 11-mile drive that traverses a network of wetlands, levees and canals, providing a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.

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District adds Pinterest to growing social media presence

The district recently launched a Pinterest page to further engage the community in protecting Florida’s natural resources. Fans can follow the district on Pinterest at for a variety of visuals that promote sustainable use of Florida’s water.

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Controlled burn conducted this week at Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County

The district conducted a 262-acre prescribed burn on April 25 at the Julington-Durbin Preserve in Duval County to reduce hazardous fuels and promote native vegetation, such as wiregrass.

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This week in district social media

If you aren’t following the district on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, here are some of the things you may have missed this week....

  • If you follow the district on Twitter, make sure you join us at our new feed @SJRWMD. The district will no longer use @floridaswater after April 29. You can also find the district on Instagram with the username sjrwmd.
  • Special thanks to district staffer Deirdre Irwin and Prissy Fletcher of Putnam County IFAS for sharing water conservation and horticulture information with district staff at a lunch and learn at district headquarters in Palatka.
  • Also thanks to Bureau Chief Steven R. Miller, who sent us photos of pitcher plants he found blooming after a prescribed fire last month.
  • District staff toured the cultural resources of the upper St. Johns River with Florida Secretary of State Detzner.
  • A double-crested cormorant was our #WildlifeWednesday pick of the week.
  • Yesterday was the district’s 20th observance of Take Your Child to Work Day. Children learned about the district’s work with educational presentations by district staff experts.
  • Instagram posts this week also included a baby alligator, a brown water snake, a mother limpkin and her chicks and a spring vent at Salt Springs.

Water conservation tip

Bathe pets outdoors in grassy areas
in need of water.


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