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Agriculture

Water resources for Florida agriculture

St. Johns District staff contacts

District staff are available to assist agricultural operations with permits, compliance issues, best management practices or other issues. Contacts include:

  • Suzanne Archer, technical program manager/ Agricultural Assistance Team, (407) 215‑1450, sarcher@sjrwmd.com
  • David McInnes, environmental resource coordinator, (386) 329‑4823, dmcinnes@sjrwmd.com

The St. Johns River Water Management District has the tools to assist the agricultural community grow the crops that help feed America and grow Florida’s economy, while protecting water resources. Following are descriptions of sources of assistance, with links to web resources and contact information. These resources offer agricultural permit applicants a “one stop,” centralized location to find help in gathering water use data needed for permits, to reduce duplication in the permitting process and to save time and money. Information is also available on best management practices and cost-share opportunities.

Agricultural Assistance Team

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The District’s Agricultural Assistance Team works closely with growers on consumptive use permits and environmental resource permits, which are required for some agricultural operations. The Ag Assistance Team helps simplify and accelerate the permitting process, reduce permitting duplication, assist growers in obtaining and complying with permits, and helps ensure that growers are able to comply with total maximum daily loads and Basin Management Action Plans established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Permitting resources

E-permitting, the District’s web-based permitting system, gives applicants 24-hour access to their accounts and web resources. Through e-permitting, web visitors can apply for a permit, submit compliance information, sign and seal documents and pay fees. Some of the more frequently accessed pages include the following:

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Aerial of agricultural fields

The DEP Office of Water Policy addresses statewide water management issues in coordination with the water management districts and other agencies. DEP resources include:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

This state agency promotes Florida agriculture, fosters innovation in energy development, manages the state’s forest resources and safeguards consumers. The Office of Agricultural Water Policy is involved in the development of best management practices, addressing both water quality and water conservation on a site specific, regional and watershed basis, such as implementation of the federal Clean Water Act’s TMDL requirements for agriculture. Also, the office has binding authority to determine if an agricultural activity is exempt from an environmental resource permit.

Florida’s water management districts

Regulatory staff

All of Florida’s water management districts work with the agricultural community to improve efficiencies and protect natural systems. For information about agricultural resources in one of Florida’s other districts, visit the following:

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St. Johns River Water Management District
4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177
(800) 725-5922