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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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Posted on: May 16, 2015

SRWMD purchased Turtle Spring Tract

Live Oak, FL, May 14, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District has acquired Turtle Spring in Lafayette County. Turtle Spring is one of ten second magnitude springs in Lafayette County. The purchase will allow the District to provide floodplain

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Posted on: May 14, 2015

Carlos D. Herd named interim executive director of SRWMD

Live Oak, FL, May 14, 2015 - Governing Board Chairman, Don J. Quincey, Jr., appointed Carlos D. Herd as the interim executive director of Suwannee River Water Management District (District) as Ann B. Shortelle, Ph. D, is being considered for the

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Posted on: May 12, 2015

April 2015 Hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

Live Oak, FL, May 12, 2015 – Rainfall in the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) for the month of April was slightly above average. District-wide rainfall in April was 3.62”, about ten percent more than the long-term monthly average rain-

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

15th Annual CARES celebration honors local farmers using BMPs

Live Oak, FL May 8, 2015 – Fourteen farmers and producers were honored at the 15th annual County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) dinner on May 7, 2015, for voluntarily carrying out best management practices (BMPs) that

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Posted on: April 30, 2015

SRWMD launches Ichetucknee Springs Dashboard

LIVE OAK, FL, April 30, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is expanding its capability to share water quality data with the public through this springs dashboard. The new Ichetucknee Springs Dashboard offers users water flow

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Posted on: April 20, 2015

Water Conservation Month: Week Two – Outdoor Water Savings for Residential Users

Live Oak, FL, April 17, 2015 – Landscape irrigation is characteristically the largest water use for households. April is usually the month with the least amount of rainfall in Florida; therefore, this is the optimal time to review the ways residential

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Governor Scott appoints Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams to SRWMD Governing Board

Live Oak, FL, April 14, 2015 – Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointments of Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board.

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Posted on: April 1, 2015

April 2015 is Water Conservation Month

LIVE OAK, FL, April 1, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board understands that clean, safe and sustainable water resources are vital to the District’s residents, visitors, economy and environment.

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

Agencies partner to celebrate April as Springs Protection Awareness Month

Live Oak, FL, March 31, 2015 – April has been designated Springs Protection Month by the Florida Legislature, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Suwannee River, St. Johns River, Southwest Florida and Northwest Florida water

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Posted on: March 25, 2015

Governor Scott reappoints Kevin Brown to SRWMD Governing Board

LIVE OAK, FL, March 25, 2015 – Governor Rick Scott announced today the reappointment of Kevin W. Brown to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board.

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Posted on: March 17, 2015

SRWMD awards school grants, opens new funding round

LIVE OAK, FL, March 17, 2015, – Four schools within the boundaries of the Suwannee River Water Management District have been awarded funding to support educational, hands-on opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, math and

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Little River Youth Hunt

The Fish and Wildlife Commission Youth Hunting Program of Florida (YHPF) in partnership with the Suwannee River Water Management District and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering a one-time youth hunting opportunity at Little River WMA

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

SRWMD RIVER Cost-Share program funds 13 local cooperators

LIVE OAK, FL, March 12, 2015 – Thirteen local government cooperators will receive over $1.6 million through the Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) program of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) thanks to

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Posted on: March 10, 2015

SRWMD Governing Board approves purchase of Turtle Spring Tract

LIVE OAK, FL, March 10, 2015 – Turtle Spring will soon be under the protection of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). The District has gained approval from its Governing Board to move forward with the acquisition of the Turtle Springs

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Spring forward with SRWMD conservation measures

LIVE OAK, FL, MARCH 6, 2015 –– The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is ready to spring forward the shift in time on Sunday, March 8th. Residents within the District are reminded of the concurrent shift in lawn and landscape irrigation

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Posted on: January 29, 2015

Brooks Sink aquifer recharge project underway

LIVE OAK, FL, January 29, 2015 – Today, the restoration of a natural connection to the Floridan Aquifer will highlight in Bradford County through efforts by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and Rayonier Operating Company, LLC

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Posted on: January 28, 2015

Over $5M for springs through agriculture cost-share projects, Santa Fe, Suwannee River Basins

LIVE OAK, FL, January 28, 2015, –– The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are furthering efforts to conserve water supplies and reduce nutrient loading in the Suwannee and Santa

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Posted on: January 16, 2015

District to host “Understanding No-Rise” workshop

Live Oak, FL, January 16, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is hosting the Florida Floodplain Managers Association’s (FFMA) training “Understanding No-Rise Certificate.” The training will take place on Friday, January 30th ...

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Posted on: January 15, 2015

Feb 3, SRWMD MFL meeting for Aucilla, Econfina and Wacissa Rivers

LIVE OAK, FL, January 15, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) invites businesses, residents and recreational users of the Econfina, Wacissa, and Aucilla Rivers to participate in a public meeting. The purpose of the meeting is

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Posted on: December 9, 2014

SRWMD land acquisition benefits regional water resources and buffers Camp Blanding

LIVE OAK, FL, December 9, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) recently acquired a 334 acre tract in Bradford County for flood control and water resource development projects. The property was purchased from Rayonier.

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Posted on: December 4, 2014

Falmouth dye trace reveals unknown connectivity

LIVE OAK, FL, December 4, 2014 – The District and Florida Geological Survey introduced dye into Falmouth Spring On September 4th, in hopes of learning which other springs were connected to the known Falmouth Cathedral Cave System. Two days after

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Posted on: December 2, 2014

Prescribed burn planned at Mallory Swamp

LIVE OAK, FL, December 2, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) land managers will be conducting prescribed burning operations on the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area beginning December 8 and extending through January 2015.

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

SRWMD, Partners assist producers to quantify water reduction

LIVE OAK, FL, November 24, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) recently partnered to study the impacts of irrigation and nutrient management practices to guide producers in the Suwannee River Basin. Over the course of the next

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Posted on: November 12, 2014

SRWMD protects the Aucilla River in land exchange

Live Oak, November 12, 2014 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) recently exchanged about 350 acres of District surplus lands not needed for conservation for a perpetual conservation easement in Jefferson County.

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Posted on: November 11, 2014

Lt. Col. Michael Fuller, serves USA and the District

Live Oak, November 11, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management (District) acknowledges thanks all veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. The District is especially proud of Michael Fuller who was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

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Posted on: October 23, 2014

Fall back. Save water, save money

LIVE OAK, FL, October 23, 2014 –- On the first Sunday in November, Daylight Savings Time will end and Standard Time resumes. This is also a signal to change our water conservation strategies throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District

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Posted on: October 20, 2014

District and USGS expand LiDAR data collection

LIVE OAK, FL, October 20, 2014 – The Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) recently approved a partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to acquire light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data over

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Posted on: October 16, 2014

SRWMD, Rayonier partner on Brooks Sink aquifer recharge project

Live Oak, FL, October 16, 2014 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is partnering with Rayonier Operating Company, LLC, to recharge the Floridan Aquifer by restoring a natural hydrologic connection to Brooks Sink in Bradford County.

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Posted on: October 14, 2014

R.I.V.E.R grant applications due October 31

LIVE OAK, FL, October 14, 2014 –The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will continue receiving applications for the Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) program until 4:00PM on October 31, 2014.

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Posted on: October 8, 2014

District receives FEMA grant to enhance flood hazard data

LIVE OAK, FL, October 8, 2014 – The Federal Emergency Agency has awarded the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) $627,000 to conduct the Waccasassa River Basin Study and produce maps flood hazard for the Withlacoochee River basin.

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Posted on: October 1, 2014

Funding to protect Ichetucknee Springs

LIVE OAK, FL, October 1, 2014, – Businesses in the City of Lake City and Columbia County will proactively protect the Ichetucknee Springs through a water conservation initiative thanks to the Springs Grants funding from Governor Scott and the Legislature

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Posted on: September 23, 2014

SRWMD Governing Board adopts FY 2014 - 15 budget

LIVE OAK, FL, September 23, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board adopted a Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget of $33.43 million and the millage rate of 0.4141. "Taxpayers will not see an increase of taxes this year."

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Posted on: September 18, 2014

SRWMD high school grant funds now available

LIVE OAK, FL, September 18, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is currently accepting applications for its High School Grant Program. The District is seeking proposals from

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

District, Town & DEP partner to improve Levy Blue Springs

LIVE OAK, FL, September 11, 2014, – State Leadership has granted funding that will allow the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) in partnership with the Town of Bronson to begin new steps to safeguard the water quality of Levy Blue Springs

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

District, City & DEP partner to improve Fanning Springs water quality

LIVE OAK, FL, September 10, 2014 –– A favorable vote from the Florida Joint Legislative Budget Commission enables the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Suwannee River Water Management District and City of Fanning Springs to move

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Posted on: September 11, 2014

Springs Projects Proposed for Improvement

LIVE OAK, FL, September 11, 2014 – On Wednesday, the Legislative Budget Commission approved the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed $69 million in springs projects leveraged by the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget" to bring...

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Posted on: September 10, 2014

Taylor County to acquire 248 acres from District

LIVE OAK, FL, September 10, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board approved the sale of the 248 acre Hampton Springs Road tract to Taylor County. This is a mutually beneficial transaction between the District and...

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Posted on: September 5, 2014

Tracing the Dye

Recently, the District introduced dye in two sinks in southeast Lafayette County. The results demonstrated how quickly water moves through the Upper Floridan aquifer (UFA).

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