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Sept. 23, 2016

District staffer Melisa Diolosa provides information about the district’s latest round of cost-share funding

District staffer Melisa Diolosa provides information about the district’s latest round of cost-share funding during a workshop at the District’s Palm Bay Service Center this week.

Message from the Executive Director

Latest round of District cost-share funding availability

Earlier this week the District officially launched the application period for its fiscal year 2017 Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) communities and innovative projects cost-share funding program.

Last year’s program was a great success, with eight REDI projects benefiting water resources in six communities, as well as funding four innovative projects. I’m excited the District is once again offering this assistance. By providing significant funding assistance, we are ensuring small communities are moving forward and that cutting-edge ideas are being implemented on much-needed water resource protection and enhancement projects.

I invite our partners in rural REDI communities or who have innovative projects to meet with District staff to discuss potential projects that could be funded under this $5 million cost-share program. Applications are due by Oct. 13, 2016. As always, proposed projects must support one of the District’s core missions to enhance water conservation, develop alternative water supplies, improve water quality, enhance natural systems and provide flood protection. Project criteria, application instructions and additional information about the program are available on the District's website at www.sjrwmd.com/funding/REDI.html.

Dale Jenkins, P.G., and his cost-share team are doing a great job working with our local communities to find ways to stretch dollars to get these critical projects accomplished. They welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the program so we can keep the momentum rolling! Thanks to the District team and thanks, too, to all those participating in our District programs.

SJRWMD drinking water supplies not at risk from phosphate mine spill in Polk County

Drinking water supplies in the 18 counties of the district are not at risk from a recent Polk County phosphate mine spill caused by a sinkhole, according to district scientists. State agencies and the local company involved are monitoring the situation and have protocols in place to prevent contamination of Florida’s drinking water supply.

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Cost-share project applications accepted now through Oct. 13

The district is accepting applications through Oct. 13 to share in $5 million in cost-share funding for rural communities and innovative projects that support the agency’s core missions. Project criteria, application instructions and additional information are available on the district’s website.

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District and Orange County Utilities partner on water savings program

The district is partnering with Orange County Utilities on a project that could realize a 4.9 percent water savings for residential utility customers. The water-savings project uses a software called WaterSmart to reduce drinkable water consumption across 30,000 households by 4.9 percent, a potential savings of 0.37 million gallons of water a day. The district contributed $112,334 toward the project as part of its cooperative cost-share program.

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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....

  • Thanks to Oakland Nature Preserve, Friends of Lake Apopka and the Lake Apopka Kayaking Club for their work last weekend to collect seven large garbage bags of trash from the waterfront. The volunteers kayaked from Oakland to Newton Park during their cleanup mission. Thanks, also, to Joe Dunn for providing the photos of the volunteers in action! Thanks for helping to protect Florida’s waterways!
  • Heart Island Conservation Area in Volusia County was this week’s feature for #TrailTuesday. The 1.1-mile white loop trail connects to the red and yellow loop trails, so you can choose your distance from a short walk to an all-day adventure.
  • For #WildlifeWednesday, a zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia) was pictured feeding on the nectar of a wildflower.
  • Celebrating National Estuaries Week (Sept. 17–24) we shared a little known fact: the last 40 miles of the St. Johns River–between Black Creek and the river’s mouth in Mayport–is an estuary!
  • Highlighting one day was a close-up image of the Orange milkwort (Polygala lutea) are small flowering plants that grow in clusters on many district properties, including the Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County. A viewer mentioned it was also known as “ ‘candyweed’ for the wonderful smell of the roots.”
  • District staffer Deirdre Irwin worked this week with staff from the city of Palm Coast to inspect their new city hall as part of the Florida Water Star certification process.

Water conservation tip

Check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.

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