From the St. Johns River Water Management District

With nearly 1,500 lakes within its boundaries, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Governing Board on Tuesday recognized July 2019 as Lakes Appreciation Month to raise awareness of the importance and benefits provided by Florida’s lakes.

“By adopting a proclamation today, the district recognizes the importance of increasing public awareness of the value of Florida’s lakes and encouraging behaviors that will enhance lakes’ health,” said Dr. Erich Marzolf, director of the district’s Division of Water and Land Resources and the Region 4 director on the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) Board of Directors.

Marzolf represents Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee on the NALMS board.

The St. Johns District joins other organizations across Florida and the nation in recognizing Lakes Appreciation Month, and NALMS annually proclaims July as Lakes Appreciation Month. The intent of the annual resolution is to raise awareness of the importance and benefits lakes provide. In addition, NALMS conducts its annual Secchi Dip-In each July. Started in the United States, the Secchi Dip-In is now an international effort in which volunteers produce a “snapshot” of water transparency in lakes around the world.

For information about waterways within the district, visit

About the St. Johns River Water Management District

St. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.


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