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October 9, 2015
District, DEP and city and county partners announce springs protection projects
Visitors gather at Rock Springs, part of the Wekiva River springshed.
The St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continue to demonstrate the state’s commitment to springs protection by partnering with three central Florida cities on six projects to protect the springs of the Wekiva River, as well as projects with Volusia County to protect Blue Spring.
The District, DEP and the cities of Apopka, Longwood and Winter Garden will together spend $11.9 million on water quality and water supply projects that will benefit the Wekiva River’s network of springs, which includes Wekiwa and Rock springs.
In Volusia County, DEP on Oct. 5 announced $3.47 million in funding for a project to decommission the Four Towns Wastewater Treatment Plant and direct wastewater to the county Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility, improving the level of treatment and producing 222,000 gallons per day of reuse. The District is putting $2 million toward the project, while Volusia County will contribute $2.7 million.
Winter Garden farm partners with District to conserve water
The Bekemeyer Family Farm is using $158,799 in cost-share funding from the District to establish an innovative microject irrigation system for its citrus grove as part of a water conservation project.
Bekemeyer Farm is installing a Verti-Gro system as part of its water conservation work with District cost-share funding.
The system at the Winter Garden farm, combined with an irrigation controller and fertigation monitoring and control system, will deliver irrigation water and fertilizer only when it is needed. The new system also will collect runoff in a pond that will keep nutrients from leaving the farm.
Three options available for electronic submittal of information for pending applications
There are three choices for “correspondence type” when submitting information for a pending permit application through the District’s e-Permitting system: RAI Response, RAI Response — Partial, and Pending Application Correspondence. Selecting the correct type of correspondence will aid the District in efficiently processing the application and disseminating the information to staff.
September 30, 2015
District announces upcoming meetings
The St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold a workshop and its regular monthly meeting in Jacksonville in October, and the District will host three other October meetings on minimum flows and levels and recreation.
The Governing Board will hold a workshop on Oct.12 and its regular monthly meeting on Oct.13 at the University of North Florida’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville. Topics for these meetings include a cost-share program for REDI (Rural Economic Development Initiative) communities and innovative projects, and an update on the Alligator Creek Enhancement Strategy Project.
The Oct. 12 meeting begins at 3 p.m. The Oct. 13 meeting begins with committee meetings at 9 a.m. and the full Board meeting at 11:15 a.m., or immediately after the conclusion of the Regulatory Committee, whichever is later. Meeting agendas are available on the District’s website. Both meetings will be broadcast over the Internet at https://goo.gl/nZFjus.
Two meetings to provide information and receive public comments on the District’s proposed Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) Priority List and Schedule for the establishment of MFLs will be held in Jacksonville and Maitland. Meetings are as follows:
- Oct. 14, 10 a.m. at the Northeast Florida Regional Council, 6850 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville.
- Oct. 16 , 9:30 a.m. at the District’s Maitland Service Center, 601 South Lake Destiny Road, 2nd floor, Econ and Wekiva rooms, Maitland.
Topics for an Oct. 15 southern recreational public meeting include a land management update, the Upper St. Johns River Basin project and the Fellsmere Water Management Area Recreation Plan. The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Brevard County Commission Chambers at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera. The full meeting agenda is available on the District’s website.