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Sept. 23, 2016
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.
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.
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.
This week in district social media
- 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.