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Posted on: March 16, 2020

District Response to COVID-19

Agency Governance

Aug. 19, 2020 Update

SUPPLEMENTAL GOVERNING BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY

On Thursday, August 27 at 9:00 a.m., the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold a remote Audit Committee meeting followed by a supplemental Governing Board meeting. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person attendance to the meeting will be limited.

Residents and stakeholders who would like to participate in the Governing Board meeting are able to register on GoTo Webinar at https://bit.ly/2FFwuy8. A confirmation email with a link to join the GoTo Webinar will be sent after registration. For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com/Calendar.

The supplemental Governing Board meeting agenda and materials are posted on the District website.

Aug. 3, 2020 Update

REMOTE GOVERNING BOARD

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, August 11 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person attendance to the meeting will be limited. 

Residents and stakeholders who would like to participate in the Governing Board meeting are able to register on GoTo Webinar at  https://bit.ly/3gkTFv3. A confirmation email with a link to join the GoTo Webinar will be sent after registration. For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com/Calendar

The August Governing Board meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted on the District website.

Residents and stakeholders who would like to provide public comment can submit a request through the Request Public Comment form on the District’s website - www.srwmd.org/Comments.

July 7, 2020 Update

REMOTE GOVERNING BOARD

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person attendance to the meeting will be limited.

Residents and stakeholders who would like to participate in the Governing Board meeting are able to register on GoTo Webinar at https://bit.ly/2VWmKou. A confirmation email with a link to join the GoTo Webinar will be sent after registration. For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com/Calendar

The July Governing Board meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted on the District website.


June 16, 2020 Update

REMOTE GOVERNING BOARD WORKSHOP

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold a remote governing board workshop on June 25 at 9 a.m. District offices are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who wishes to provide public input will be able to do so by calling toll-free at 1(888)585-9008 and entering conference room number 704-019-452. Additional instructions regarding viewing of and participation in the meeting will be available on the District’s website at www.mysuwanneeriver.com or by calling (386)362-1001 or 1(800)226-1066 (Florida only). 

Register for the remote meeting here - https://bit.ly/2UMDsGo.

View the agenda here - https://bit.ly/2AwVfKQ.


June 1, 2020 Update

JUNE GOVERNING BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. The committee meeting will immediately follow the board meeting unless otherwise noted. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person attendance to the meeting will be limited. 

With the exception of the Governing Board Chair, all other Board members will be participating remotely. Only staff that are necessary for the meeting will attend in person at the District Headquarters in Live Oak, Florida. The attending staff will follow CDC guidelines throughout the meeting.

Residents and stakeholders who would like to participate in the Governing Board meeting are able to register on GoTo Webinar at https://bit.ly/3eDg59C. A confirmation email with a link to join the GoTo Webinar will be sent after registration. For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com/Calendar

The June Governing Board meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted on the District website.


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May 4, 2020 Update

MAY GOVERNING BOARD MEETING TO BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person attendance to the meeting will be limited. 

“We will continue to keep the health and safety of our citizens, Governing Board members and staff as our highest priority by continuing the remote Governing Board meetings in May,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the District.

With the exception of the Governing Board Chair, all other Board members will be participating remotely. Only staff that are necessary for the meeting will attend in person at the District Headquarters in Live Oak, Florida. The attending staff will follow CDC guidelines throughout the meeting.

Citizens and stakeholders who would like to participate in the Governing Board meeting are able to register on GoTo Webinar at https://bit.ly/2YnTvN8. A confirmation email with a link to join the GoTo Webinar will be sent after registration. For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com/Calendar

The May Governing Board meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted on the District website.


April 6, 2020 Update

GOVERNING BOARD MEETING TO BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, in-person attendance to the meeting will be limited.

Citizens and stakeholders who would like to participate in the Governing Board meeting are able to register on GoTo Webinar at https://bit.ly/2xRjt0r. A confirmation email with a link to join the GoTo Webinar will be sent after registration. To join the webinar, click “Join Webinar” in the confirmation email that you receive after registration.

The webinar will only show the board materials with no live video feed. The webinar link becomes active and the live presentation begins approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time. Audio for the meeting will be via the phone number listed below.

For any members of the public who wish to call-in to listen to the meeting or provide public comment to the Governing Board, call-in at 1-888-585-9008, then enter conference room number 704-019-452. You will be able to hear the proceedings there. Please do not use speakerphone or put your phone on hold. Please be aware that your call will be muted automatically when you join the call-in number. During the conference call, the Chair will instruct the public when the time for public comment will be allowed. To unmute your line, please press *2 on your touch dial phone.  

The April Governing Board meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted on the District Website.


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March 26, 2020 Update

DISTRICT RECREATION LANDS REMAIN OPEN, PUBLIC REMINDED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS!

LIVE OAK, FLA., March 26, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will keep District-managed recreation lands open for individual and small group day use in its 15-county region to provide the public with recreational opportunities. Spring is a great time to enjoy District public lands. However, all campgrounds and campsites remain closed but are open for day use.

Recreational users are reminded to follow the direction of Governor DeSantis and to uphold Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings larger than 10 people and distancing themselves a minimum of six feet from others.

As long as recreational users follow this guidance, the District will be able to provide recreational opportunities while protecting public health and safety associated with the spread of COVID-19, unless otherwise directed by an emergency order.  

The District and its partners have acquired more than 160,000 acres of conservation lands primarily through the state’s land acquisition programs to protect the Suwannee Valley region’s water resources. Approximately 99 percent of this land is open for public recreation. Many of these lands are maintained directly by the District and offer a more natural experience, while some of these properties are managed as county and state parks and offer a broader range of amenities.

For more information on District recreation lands, visit www.MySuwanneRiver.com/Recreation

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Important update: District response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 Update

DISTRICT OFFICE AND TRACT ACCESS TEMPORARILY LIMITED TO PUBLIC

LIVE OAK, FLA., March 18, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is open for business. However, following direction provided by Governor Ron DeSantis, the District has canceled all nonessential travel and is temporarily maximizing the use of remote work for staff to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS

As of March 18, 2020, District headquarter access will be limited to staff only until further notice. Citizens and stakeholders are encouraged to contact District staff remotely if they need assistance. Remote communication includes phone call, teleconference, and email. A list of District contacts and a general inquiry form are available on the District’s website at MySuwanneeRiver.com.  Business hours remain Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

DISTRICT LANDS

Individual and small group day use of District lands will continue. However, groups larger than 10 people are prohibited on all District lands as of March 18, 2020. Additionally, Goose Pasture individual camp and group camp sites are closed as of March 23, 2020.

The health of our staff, the public and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Call 386.362.1001 if you have questions. Contact information for staff is on the District’s website at MySuwanneeRiver.com.

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March 16, 2020 Update

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is open for business. In accordance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders 51 and 52, travel and in-person meetings are being limited to help reduce the potential for spread of the COVID-19 illness. All non-essential in-state and out-of-state work travel is currently prohibited for District employees. The District is maximizing teleconferencing capabilities to continue serving the needs of the public. If you require the District’s services, please call the office prior to your visit to confirm the staff person you are meeting with is available.  Permits and other regulatory efforts can be processed online through the District’s E-Permitting system available on our website and staff can answer questions if needed.
 
Please call the District office at 386-362-1001 or visit our website www.MySuwanneeRiver.com if you have questions.

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