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Posted on: May 26, 2016

MFLs set for Wacissa, Aucilla and Econfina rivers and associated springs

LIVE OAK, FL, MAY 26, 2016 - The Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for the Aucilla, Wacissa and Econfina rivers and associated springs have been successfully set by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and adopted as District rules.

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

SRWMD Board awards 15 new RIVER projects

LIVE OAK, FL, May 16, 2016 – The Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District has approved nearly $1.7 million dollars for 15 projects. Funding for these projects are from the District’s Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental

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Posted on: May 11, 2016

Prescribed burn planned at Mallory Swamp during May 2016

LIVE OAK, FL, May 11, 2016 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) land managers will be conducting prescribed burning operations on the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area beginning May 13 and extending through May 31, 2016.

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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Save the Date! District seeks public input for SWIM Plans

Live Oak, FL, May 3, 2016 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is seeking public input and collaboration to update the District’s Surface Water and Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plans.

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Celebrating Springs Protection Awareness Month

Live Oak, FL, April 19, 2016 – With leadership from Sen. Charles Dean and Rep. Elizabeth Porter, the Florida Legislature has once again declared April Springs Protection Month, demonstrating their continued commitment to Florida’s springs. Leaders from

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Conserving water for the future with partnerships today

Live Oak, FL, April 13, 2016 – April is water conservation month. The District is tasked with maintaining the delicate balance of protecting natural resources while ensuring sustainable water supplies for current and future reasonable-beneficial water

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

March 13, Time, water irrigation measures change

LIVE OAK, FL, March 9, 2016 –– On Sunday, March 13th the District will spring forward with Daylight Savings Time. In addition to changing the clocks ahead one hour, residents and businesses within the District are reminded of the shift in current lawn

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

February 2016 Hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FLA, March 10, 2016 - Across the District, rainfall in February was 3.49 inches, which is about 90 percent of the long-term average February rainfall of 3.89 inches. All areas of the District received at least 2.25 inches of rain during February

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Posted on: March 3, 2016

Easier-than-ever flood risk reports for property owners

LIVE OAK, FLA, March 3, 2016 - The District has unveiled an updated version of its flood risk reporting interactive online map. The online mapping site is popular among property owners and realtors for both flood risk reports and flood-elevation estimates

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Senate confirms SRWMD board members, director

LIVE OAK, FLA, February 19, 2016 - The Florida Senate confirmed the Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director, Noah Valenstein, as well as governing board members Kevin Brown, Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams on Thursday, February

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

SRWMD recognizes Groundwater Awareness Week

LIVE OAK, FL, February 12, 2016 - The District Governing Board proclaimed March 6-12, 2016, Groundwater Awareness Week. For the past 17 years, the National Groundwater Association has celebrated National Groundwater Awareness Week.

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Steinhatchee River MFL stakeholder meeting rescheduled to Feb 23

LIVE OAK, FL, January 27, 2016 - The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Steinhatchee River minimum flows and levels (MFLs) meeting has been rescheduled to February 23, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Steinhatchee Community Center.

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week Jan. 24-30, 2016

LIVE OAK, FL, January 25, 2016 -- The District uses prescribed fire as part of its strategy to maintain natural resources and reduce the risk of wildfires. In recognition of 2016 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, the District is providing information about

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Posted on: January 19, 2016

December 2015 hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FL, January 19, 2016 -- During the month of December 2015, across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) rainfall averaged 1.80 inches. That is just over half of the long-term December average rainfall of 3.17 inches. Parts of

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Posted on: December 22, 2015

Jan 26, SRWMD to host stakeholder meeting for Upper and Middle Suwannee River MFLs

LIVE OAK, FL, December 22, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) invites businesses, residents and recreational users of the Upper and Middle Suwannee River to participate in a public meeting.

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Hoover Family Farms -Suwannee Valley BMP Success Story

LIVE OAK, FL, December 11, 2015 - Rooted from the five generations of family farming, Bradley Hoover and his son, Bradley Hoover II, operate their certified organic family farm in northwest Suwannee County. The Hoovers started their organic farm eight

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

November 2015 Hydrologic Conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FLA, December 9, 2015 - Rainfall across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) during the month of November averaged 2.76 inches. This is slightly above the long-term average November rainfall of 2.65” inches. The 12-month

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Hart Springs Restoration

Live Oak, FL, November 24, 2015 - Hart Springs a 2nd magnitude spring is flowing stronger thanks to a successful restoration project undertaken by Gilchrist County and the District. The project has improved the health of the spring and

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Prescribed burn planned at Mallory Swamp November and December

LIVE OAK, FL, November 6, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) land managers will conduct prescribed burning operations on the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area beginning the week of November 9 through December 31, 2015.

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Posted on: October 22, 2015

Landscape irrigation frequency ‘falls back’ November 1

LIVE OAK, FL, October 22, 2015 - From November 1 until March 13, 2016 lawn and landscape irrigation measures for residents and commercial entities within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) boundaries will shift to once per week...

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Posted on: October 20, 2015

Hydrologic conditions for the month of September 2015

LIVE OAK, FL, October 20, 2015 - The rainfall average for the month of September across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) was 5.16 inches, roughly a third of an inch less than the long-term average of 5.46”. For the 12-month period

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Posted on: October 12, 2015

Levy Blue Springs benefit from partnership

LIVE OAK, FL, October 12, 2015 – Levy Blue Springs is a vital asset to the Town of Bronson and is a popular recreational area. Levy Blue spring run connects to the Waccasassa River. The Levy Blue Water Quality Improvement Project has been recently

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Oct 20, SRWMD MFLs meeting for Aucilla, Econfina and Wacissa Rivers

LIVE OAK, FL, October 6, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District invites businesses, residents and recreational users of the Aucilla Econfina, and Wacissa Rivers to participate in a public meeting. The District will present the Draft MFLs for

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Cost-Share opportunities available for producers in the Santa Fe River Basin

LIVE OAK, FL, October 1, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District with the help of a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has developed incentive-based programs to assist the agriculture community’s stewardship efforts

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Posted on: September 22, 2015

2,000 acres of natural systems protected through acquisition

Live Oak, FL, September 22, 2015 – Approximately 2,000 acres of natural systems in Bradford County will be protected while providing a military base buffer for Camp Blanding, thanks to an acquisition made possible by a variety of key players.

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Posted on: September 22, 2015

SRWMD Governing Board adopts fiscal year 2015-2016 budget

LIVE OAK, FL, September 22, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 (FY 2016) budget of $43.34 million and the millage rate of 0.4104.

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Posted on: September 10, 2015

August rainfall across Suwannee River WMD

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 10, 2015 - August was a rainy month for most of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). Rainfall throughout the District on average was 9.19 inches. However, rainfall amounts varied significantly from the northern

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Posted on: September 9, 2015

SRWMD Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget public hearing

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 9, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 (FY 2016).

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Posted on: September 8, 2015

Noah Valenstein named SRWMD Director

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 8, 2015 - Noah Valenstein has been selected to be the new Executive Director for the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). Valenstein was among three other top candidates for position.

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Suwannee Valley BMP Success Story- Adrian and Melissa Land

LIVE OAK, FLA, August 31, 2015 - Adrian Land and his wife Melissa Land are sixth-generation ranchers in Suwannee County. The Lands live in Branford on their family farm with their son Adrian Land II and daughter Arica. In 1993, the Lands started their

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

SRWMD aquifer recharge and springs restoration project kick-off

LIVE OAK, FL, August 28, 2015 - A remarkable project in Dixie and Lafayette counties is reestablishing natural drainage patterns to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer and enhance spring flows. The Middle Suwannee River and Springs Restoration and Aquifer

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Posted on: August 8, 2015

Columbia County RIVER project underway

LIVE OAK, FL, August 7, 2015 – The October Road Water Main Extension project is underway in Columbia County (County). The County in partnership with the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) have set out to improve and maintain safe drinking

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

RIVER grant applications for local cooperators available

LIVE OAK, FLA, July 22, 2015 - For the third consecutive year, the Suwanee River Water Management District (District) is hosting a local government cooperative funding program, Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER),

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Suwannee Valley farmer BMP success story, Dasher Farms

LIVE OAK, FL, July 22, 2015 - Randall Dasher is an outstanding farmer in Suwannee County who is at the forefront in the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) that go above and beyond voluntary or regulatory program requirements.

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

SRWMD Governing Board approves lower tax rate

LIVE OAK, FL, July 15, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board approved reducing the Tentative Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 millage rate. The Board voted to reduce the millage rate to 0.4104 from 0.4141 resulting in tax decrease

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

June 2015 hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FL, July 15, 2015 – Rainfall totals for the month of June measured on average 5.33 inches throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District. The highest rainfall amounts during the month fell along a band from the mouth of the Steinhatchee

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Flood hazard mitigation focus in Columbia and Hamilton Counties

LIVE OAK, FL, July 1, 2015 - As flood risks data improves overtime, a collaborative approach is needed to help make communities more resilient. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Suwannee River Water Management District and

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

SRWMD Fanning Springs Dashboard goes live

LIVE OAK, FLA, June 30, 2015 – Fanning Springs, a second magnitude spring in Levy County, is continuously monitored by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and the data captured are now available to the public on a new dashboard.

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

Prescribed burn planned for Mallory Swamp during July

LIVE OAK, FL, June 26, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) land managers will be conducting prescribed burning operations within the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area beginning July 1 and extending through July 17, 2015.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

SRWMD plans strategy to restore watershed in Big Bend

Live Oak, FL, June 17, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Surface Water and Improvement andManagement (SWIM) Plans will be updated thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Gulf Environmental Benefit

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Posted on: June 15, 2015

Columbia County water conservation is project underway

Live Oak, FL, June 15, 2015 – The Columbia County Water Conservation project designed to benefit the Lower Santa Fe River and associated springs is underway. Replacing existing inefficient water fixtures with high efficiency fixtures in commercial

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

May 2015 hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

Live Oak, FL, June 9, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) rainfall average in May was 2.50 inches. This is about 25 percent less than the long-term average May rainfall of 3.27 inches.

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

SRWMD Board approves purchase of 2,000 acre - Camp Blanding buffer

Live Oak, FL, June 9, 2015 – An acquisition of approximately 2,000 acres that will benefit natural resources and benefit a military base is underway in Bradford County. The District Governing Board has authorized the purchase of 2,014 acres from Rayonier

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Posted on: June 2, 2015

Suwannee County farmer uses sustainable practices

Live Oak, FL, June 2, 2015 – In 2005, Scott and Billie Rooney bought the first 53 acres of their now 80-acre farm in Suwannee County, east of Live Oak. Ten years later, the Rooney farm is divided into six acres of four varieties of “Rabbiteye” U-pick blue

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Posted on: June 1, 2015

SRWMD Interim Director Herd takes the helm

Live Oak, FL, June 1, 2015 – Carlos D. Herd, P.G. will step into the role of interim executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) today. Herd was named interim executive director by the District’s Chairman on May 14,

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Posted on: May 26, 2015

SRWMD highlights Dixie County features

Live Oak, FL, May 26, 2015–The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) May governing board meeting was held in Dixie County at the Putnam Lodge, in the Coastal Rivers Basin. Dixie and Taylor Counties are home to very popular natural features

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

SRWMD prepares for 2015 Hurricane Season

Live Oak, FL, May 22, 2015 – Monday, June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is making preparations. The District participated in a statewide exercise from May 18-22,

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