From the St. John's River Water Management District
The St. Johns River Water Management District continues to support and highlight state, regional, and local resiliency efforts through its core missions — water supply, water quality, flood protection, and natural systems — and through “green” or nature-based infrastructure and solutions, natural system enhancements, and flood resilience projects.
“The District has long been a partner on many critical resilience projects, including the Brevard County Oyster Reef Living Shoreline, the city of St. Augustine’s Davis Shores flood projection project and the recently awarded Riverside Conservancy Living Shoreline,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “We also are updating our models to better predict potential changes from climatic events.”
In the 2021 legislative session, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1954 into law to address statewide flooding and sea-level rise. At its monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Governing Board learned about 17 potential projects to support the Governor’s flood protection and resilience efforts.
The District supports state, regional, and local resiliency initiatives by providing technical assistance to communities, land acquisition and preservation, restoration of wetlands and floodplains for floodwater storage, water quality monitoring, and habitat mapping programs.
The District plans to submit projects by September 1st to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for inclusion in FDEP’s Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan. Projects will mitigate the risks of flooding or sea-level rise on water supplies or water resources.
One project is the $10.6 million Crane Creek M-1 Canal Flow Restoration Project, a partnership between the District, FDEP, and Brevard County to reduce nutrient loading and freshwater sediment flowing to the Indian River Lagoon. The project will restore approximately 7 million gallons of flow per day from a 5,300-acre watershed, currently discharging to the Indian River Lagoon, back to the St. Johns River following treatment in a stormwater treatment area. The project also increases freshwater flows to Lake Washington, the drinking water supply source for the city of Melbourne and other coastal communities. Water quality benefits include an estimated load reduction of 24,000 pounds of total nitrogen and 3,000 pounds of total phosphorus.
The District has proposed other projects for inclusion in the statewide flooding and sea-level rise resilience plan, including
To learn more about ongoing District resiliency partnerships, visit www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/sea-level-rise.
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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