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May 27, 2016

Message from the Executive Director:

A note of thanks to all our veterans and military service personnel

District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle visits with her father, who served in the U.S. Air Force.

There is a special place in my heart for two observances this month. We recently observed Armed Forces Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who currently serve in the United States’ armed forces. On May 30, we will commemorate Memorial Day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have died in military service for the United States.

I’m proud to say I’m a “military brat.” I had the honor of growing up in a family led by a father who served in the U.S. Air Force. I know first hand the sacrifices our military and their families make, as do many of our staff. Several District employees have served on active duty, are in the reserves or have family members who serve. In fact, current governing board member Gen. (Ret.) Douglas Burnett is a military veteran with 47 years of service, including having served as commander of the Florida National Guard. Board member John P. Browning Jr. also served in the Florida National Guard.

Thanks to each of you who have or are now serving in our great nation’s armed forces! We appreciate the freedoms you have helped provide for us all.

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.

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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 ( includes links to flood statements and warnings, river stage and flooding data, and local government emergency contacts.

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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....

  • 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.


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