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Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study
The objective of the Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study is to develop conceptual methodologies to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer, including identifying key project components and associated capital costs. A total of four conceptual recharge concepts will be evaluated as part of the Study and are listed as follows:
  1. Treatment and recharge of reclaimed water from northeast Florida into the Upper Floridan aquifer within the Study area.
  2. Capture and storage of surface water during times of high flows from the upper Suwannee River for treatment and direct recharge into the Upper Floridan aquifer.
  3. Capture of flood waters within the floodplain along the upper Suwannee River for storage and natural recharge.
  4. Capture and storage of surface water during times of high flows from within the SJRWMD for treatment and recharge.

Aquifer Recharge Concepts Study AreaThe potential sources of recharge water include reclaimed water and surface water within both the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). Potential recharge areas will be focused on depressed Upper Floridan aquifer levels in the northeast and east-central area of the SRWMD bordering the SJRWMD, and the northwest area of the SJRWMD bordering the SRWMD (see Study area map). Several potential sources of surface water are under consideration for technical evaluation, including the upper Suwannee River, St. Mary's River, St. Johns River, lower Ocklawaha River including Rodman Reservoir, and Black Creek.

The Aquifer Recharge Feasibility Study, which began in August 2012, includes four Tasks. The first task was completed in November 2012 with submittal of a Technical Memorandum (TM) that summarized accumulated hydrologic/hydrogeologic data and identified water treatment processes for the ranges of raw surface water and reclaimed water sources in the Study area.

The next task will involve evaluating the hydrologic/hydrogeologic data, developing conceptual design of diversion/recharge concepts, determining project effectiveness using SRWMD's regional groundwater model, and developing conceptual drawings showing applicable aquifer recharge components of the four projects.

The third task includes development of planning level cost estimates for each of the four recharge concepts and preparing an implementation schedule for each feasible recharge concept. The task also includes preparation of the draft feasibility report.

The final task includes submittal of the finalized feasibility report and presentation of the Study to the SRWMD Governing Board. The Study is schedule for completion in late 2013.