The Suwannee River and St. Johns River water management districts will hold a joint public meeting on Jan. 28 to encourage public participation in the development of the Suwannee District’s Upper Santa Fe River Basin Water Supply Plan and the St. Johns District’s Water Supply Plan 2010.
The informational meeting with senior technical staff from both agencies will be held from 6:30–8 p.m. at the Alachua County Health Department Auditorium, 224 S.E. 24th St., Gainesville.
The agenda includes an overview of the water supply planning process, discussion led by each of the water management districts on the water supply assessment in northeast Florida, and opportunity for public comment.
The Suwannee District’s Upper Santa Fe River Basin Water Supply Plan and the St. Johns District’s Water Supply Plan 2010 are designed to meet the requirements of the water supply planning provisions of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes. Through meetings of the Northeast Florida Water Supply Planning Area Work Group, the planning process concentrates on a 10-county area including the eight St. Johns District counties in northeast Florida, as well as portions of Columbia and Union counties in the Suwannee District. Alachua, Bradford and Baker counties span both water management districts.
Both districts are coordinating on the water supply planning process. The process is open to the public and involves local governments, water supply utilities, self suppliers, other governments and other interested parties.