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Water Supply Planning
Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, requires the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWWater Resource Caution AreasMD) to assess water supplies every five years to determine if natural systems will be able to maintain a healthy condition and supply demands for water. SRWMD concluded in the 2010 Water Supply Assessment that Upper Floridan aquifer groundwater levels in the northeastern portion of the district are in decline. Declines in the Upper Floridan aquifer are projected to impact river and spring flows in certain areas during the 2010 to 2030 planning period.
In response to the water resource impacts identified and projected in the 2010 assessment, SRWMD designated four water supply planning regions. These planning regions were subsequently designated water resource caution areas by the SRWMD Governing Board on October 11, 2011.

The solutions for sustainable water supply are regional in scope. As a result, the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership was formed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), and SRWMD. Additional Partnership information is available at
SRWMD and SJRWMD are working closely by sharing data, conducting joint analyses, and implementing regional water supply planning strategies. Districtwide water use estimates and projected water demands covering the 2015-2035 planning period were completed districtwide and are available

The two districts have implemented a joint regional water supply plan for the north Florida region, including the four water resource caution areas and all or portions of the nine northern-most counties in the St. Johns River Water Management District. The approved regional water supply plan report covering the 2015-2035 planning period is available here. 

The draft version of the Water Supply Assessment (2015-2035) is available for review here. The Governing Board will consider acceptance of the document at the July 10, 2018 Governing Board meeting. A final copy will be posted on the website.

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Water Resource Caution Area Map (PDF, 1.09MB).