Suwannee Democrat

Home

February 12, 2014

SRWMD Governing Board approves $765,000 worth of key springs protection and restoration projects

Live Oak —

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board on Feb. 11 approved several agreements totaling approximately $765,000 to implement cooperative springs protection and restoration projects in key locations throughout the District. These agreements are putting state appropriations for springs protection and restoration to work.

“Many of these projects will take place in strategic locations to support the recovery of groundwater levels within the Lower Santa Fe River Basin, while assisting with the implementation of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Basin Management Action Plan to improve water quality within the Santa Fe River Basin,” said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle. “These projects are only made possible by state appropriations to the District and by cooperative funding through our project partners.”

“Today’s Board action will advance projects to reduce nutrient loadings and restore flows necessary to revitalize the Santa Fe Basin,” said Tom Frick, Director of DEP’s Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. "The projects are critical to achieving the nutrient reduction targets the DEP set in 2012, and are an integral part of the overall restoration plan for the Santa Fe River and its many springs.”

The following projects were approved:

Aquifer Recharge and Groundwater Withdrawal Reduction

The District is partnering with an aquaculture operation in Alachua County to implement a water reuse project. The project will offset about 900,000 gallons of groundwater weekly – or 47 million gallons annually – within the Ginnie and Gilchrist Blue springsheds in the Lower Santa Fe River Basin.

The District is also partnering with Gainesville Regional Utilities to construct a recharge wetland in Alachua County. The first phase of the project will provide between roughly 500,000 and 1 million gallons per day in recharge to the aquifer to support spring flows in the Poe Springs Watershed and benefit water supplies within the Lower Santa Fe River Basin.

Text Only
Local News
Suwannee Democrat
Sports
Jasper News
Mayo Free Press
Arrest Record
VIDEO

Features
Meetings
Opinion
AP Video
Entertainment
Must Read
Business Marquee
Election 2014
AP Video
Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
House Ads
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Poll

Did your student take advantage of local summer activities?

Yes, through 4-H or another club.
Yes, through Parks & Recreation.
Yes, summer food service program.
No, they didn’t.
No, we didn’t know there were any.
     View Results