News, meetings and notices
In this section
Receive timely and pertinent information about the district, water resource issues, upcoming key meetings, opportunities for public input and involvement, events and water resource decisions affecting northeast and east-central Florida by email.
Subscribe to RSS (really simple syndication) feed to receive current and updated information from the district.
Access the schedule of district meetings
on a variety of subjects, including
District feature publication
Learn more about water resource issues
and district programs and projects through the district’s feature publication, StreamLines. Read online or subscribe to receive a paper copy in the mail.
May 27, 2016
District opens Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area for public recreation
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the district’s Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area today.
The district formally opened the Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by self-guided horseback ride and hike, on May 27. The 4,900-acre tract, located directly north of Silver Springs State Park in Marion County, protects the headwaters of Half Mile Creek and an unnamed tributary that flow into the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers and links with several other public lands.
District offers tips for homeowners to prepare for hurricane season
The district’s website provides easy access to valuable information to assist the public and local governments before, during and after severe storm events. Hurricane season officially begins June 1. The district's Web page (www.sjrwmd.com/storm) includes links to flood statements and warnings, river stage and flooding data, and local government emergency contacts.
This week in district social media
- Special thanks to district staffer Deb Stone, who provided a photo of a softshell turtle at the district's Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area.
- District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle participated in the WateReuse Research Conference earlier in the week.
- Birders photographed rosette spoonbills and egrets at a rookery near the district’s St. Johns Water Management Area (also known as Stick Marsh).
- District staff explained the benefits of prescribed fire to Florida’s ecosystem during a weekend tour for the Florida Native Plant Society.
- The Brevard County Zoo, Brevard County Natural Resources Dept. and community volunteers recently installed oyster reefs in the Indian River Lagoon. The district provided $60,000 toward the $310,000 living shoreline project. Oysters provide habitat and food for estuarine species and improve water quality by filtering microscopic particles from the water.
- District staff provided training in Winter Haven this week for new Florida Water Star certifiers, who will conduct inspections as part of the program.
- #wildlifewednesday featured a photo of a green tree frog (Hyla cinerea).
- Remember, if you follow the district on Twitter, make sure you join us at our new feed @SJRWMD. The district no longer uses @floridaswater. You can also find the district on Instagram and on Pinterest with the username sjrwmd.
Water conservation tip
Older clothes washers can use as much as 40 gallons per load. Newer, water-efficient models use an average of 18 gallons of water per load, cutting your water use in half.