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Aquifers supply many Floridians with their drinking water and water for nature’s needs.
Water supply planning
See an overview of the District’s water supply planning work and access planning documents.
- Water supply plans
- Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI)
- North Florida Water Initiative (NFWI)
The District works with local governments and utilities to identify and implement alternative water supply projects.
Learn about investigations into the potential use of the St. Johns River water for water supply.
Learn about minimum flows and levels (MFLs) and see the priority list and schedule for establishing MFLs.
Read a program overview and view relevant documents.
Get details on groundwater modeling, recharge, observation well network and springs in the District.
Water Resource Development Work Program
View the current program document.
Preserving and protecting water supply
Senate Bill 536 Study
During the 2014 session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 536 requiring the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct a comprehensive study and submit a report on the expansion of use of reclaimed water, storm water, and excess surface water in the state by December 2015. The state’s five water management districts are working with DEP on the study. For more information visit DEP’s website.
One of the core missions of the St. Johns River Water Management District is to implement a regional strategy to provide sufficient water for both people and the environment. For most of us, our main source of water comes from underground aquifers, primarily the Floridan aquifer, and that source of water is limited.
People draw water out of aquifers for drinking and for agricultural or industrial uses. On the other side, the rain that fills aquifers is also needed in lakes, rivers, estuaries and wetlands to meet nature’s needs. The District works daily to maintain a balance in the water needed by people and nature for today and in the future.
Using too much groundwater can result in unacceptable impacts, such as drying out wetlands, reducing spring flows, lowering lake levels and degrading groundwater quality from saltwater intrusion. The District’s regulatory program works to ensure these types of impacts do not occur from permitted uses.
The District’s water supply planning program works to plan for meeting our future demands while protecting the water resources.