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Dec. 2, 2016

Dr. Erich Marzolf, director of the District’s Division of Water and Land Resources, leads a tour of the District’s Lake Apopka North Shore during a recent national conference.

Message from the Executive Director

Conference an opportunity to engage stakeholders in statewide water topics

Water in Florida is a topic many people are very passionate about, and it was with a great deal of enthusiasm this week I participated in two panels at the Florida 2040 Water Summit, hosted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Florida Section.

Conferences like this are important not only in Florida, but also across America and the world as leaders around the globe plan for the future. I was privileged to speak about the District’s work in the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) and about the District’s approach to helping local communities pay for improved water supply infrastructure. CFWI is a collaborative, concentrated effort in central Florida among the St. Johns, South Florida and Southwest Florida water management districts to address growing water demands, conservation and more. With a regional water supply plan now adopted, this team is moving ahead with a host of stakeholders and local governments to implement ideas and projects to sustain water for us all. One way to do that is through the St. Johns District’s cost-share funding program, which our Governing Board voted to fund up to $30 million districtwide. In the current fiscal year, this program received 87 applications for funding with these new projects estimated annually to conserve 2 million gallons of water per day (mgd) and develop 8 mgd of alternative water supply.

Conference attendees and speakers discussed how we can continue to meet water demands of residents, visitors and industries while maintaining a balance with the needs of nature, as well as regulatory and legislative issues. It’s important we keep talking about Florida’s water resources and what we all can do to help protect them. You will continue to see me out and about talking about water and the great work the District’s staff is doing.

Thank you to AWWA for inviting District staff and myself to participate. I’m especially thankful for the staff who are doing good work each and every day that I’m able to share at such conferences. Know your dedication is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Partnership leads to investment of more than $1 million to help secure Florida’s water supply

Work is nearly complete on the installation of 1.5 miles of reclaimed water main within the city of Apopka. The district provided $231,254 for the project, which complements other reclaimed water projects in the city.

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Controlled burn conducted at Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County

The district conducted a 53-acre prescribed fire on Nov. 30 at the Buck Lake Conservation Area in Brevard County to enhance scrubby flatwoods for the Florida scrub jay and other wildlife species.

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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 district staffers Danielle Spears, Maria Zondervan and Steve Miller for submitting photos this week.
  • Blazing star (Liatris spicata) is a native Florida wildflower that grows in sandhills and flatwoods like those found on many district lands. It blooms into the fall.
  • Autumn is a wonderful time of year for camping in Florida. There are many campsites available for primitive camping in the Upper St. Johns River Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
  • For #TrailTuesday, we featured the district’s Crescent Lake Conservation Area. The white blaze trail will take you on a 3.5-mile round trip journey.
  • For #WildlifeWednesday, we featured wild turkeys that are often spotted on district lands in grassy areas. Hunting is permitted on some district properties with wildlife management areas. Check out brochures for hunting dates specific to these district properties.
  • We’re excited to see Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stock 1 million Florida largemouth bass into Lake Apopka, and grateful for our partners who work to help improve the lake’s water quality.

Water conservation tip

Winter watering is limited to one day a week based on scientific analysis from the University of Florida IFAS program that shows lawns need water no more than one day a week during
cooler weather.

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