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St. Johns River Water Management District

St. Johns River Water Management District
The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five regional agencies in Florida that have authority to tax, issue water permits and regulate wetlands. The nine members of the St. Johns board meet monthly at headquarters in Palatka, Fla. They are appointed by the governor, a system sometimes criticized as giving too much power to non-elected officials. The district, run by about 700 employees, includes the St. Johns River basin in 18 counties from Georgia to Okeechobee County.
The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five regional agencies in Florida that have authority to tax, issue water permits and regulate wetlands. The nine members of the St. Johns board meet monthly at headquarters in Palatka, Fla. They are appointed by the governor, a system sometimes criticized as giving too much power to non-elected officials. The district, run by about 700 employees, includes the St. Johns River basin in 18 counties from Georgia to Okeechobee County. « Show less

Top St. Johns River Water Management District Articles

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  • Deseret Ranches' future metropolis would dam creeks for water

    Deseret Ranches' future metropolis would dam creeks for water
    A tough choice over Central Florida's water future is unfolding now as the giant Deseret Ranches proposes to dam a pair of creeks, an idea rejected long ago by state officials as environmentally unacceptable. Osceola County and Deseret Ranches are...
  • Costs weighed for sewer retrofit near Wekiwa Springs

    Costs weighed for sewer retrofit near Wekiwa Springs
    An Orange County commissioner wants government to pay all costs of extending sewer service to 380 homes near Wekiwa Springs that rely on septic tanks blamed for polluting the region's famous environmental treasure. Fred Brummer will pitch the deal to...
  • Allow peat harvest to restore wetlands: My Word

    We live in an area that has a lot of wetlands that have been impacted in negative ways. Some wetlands have dried up over time, due mostly to development resulting in lowering the surface-water table. This shortage of water has caused a major decline in...
  • Rivers a 'tragedy of the commons'?: My Word

    About 130 people stood in line at the entrance table inside the administration building of the St. Johns River Water Management District headquarters in Palataka on Aug. 28.They waited patiently to sign up to speak on behalf of their beloved rivers...
  • Slush Puppie creator leaves wilderness to state

    Slush Puppie creator leaves wilderness to state
    Will Radcliff, who made his fortune selling Slush Puppie drinks, cherished a spread of Florida wilderness so much he sold it a decade ago for preservation but at a discount so he could hang out there until his death. In 2004, when asked what it was like...
  • Five things for Thursday, Sept. 25

    Five things for today in Orlando and Central Florida: slush puppies and open land; parents demanding recess; mobile fashion stores; and more. 1. Slush puppies and open land will be the legacy left by Will Radcliff. Last week, the slush-drink mogul...
  • Wekiwa Springs cleanup would use state money to put homes on sewer service

    Wekiwa Springs cleanup would use state money to put homes on sewer service
    A plan to extend sewer lines near Wekiwa Springs to homes that have septic systems would be paid for mostly with tax money but has agitated residents who fear the project would cost them thousands of dollars, tear up streets and yards — but do...
  • Wekiwa Springs meeting over septic tank controversy is rescheduled

    Wekiwa Springs meeting over septic tank controversy is rescheduled
    State environmental authorities and Orange County Utilities officials will hold a rescheduled meeting Wednesday to present details on a proposal to convert homes near Wekiwa Springs from septic tanks to sewer service. The meeting will be held in Clay...
  • Florida gains with green policies taking root: Editorial

    Florida gains with green policies taking root: Editorial
    Environmental protection in Florida went into a deep freeze after the Great Recession pummeled the state's economy and voters then elected Gov. Rick "let's get to work" Scott. Funding for conservation programs took a nose dive, and environmental...
  • Trader Joes, GOP, and Citizens United: Letters

    Solve parking -- move Trader Joe's has been open for business for five weeks, but it should move. Parking at Lakeside shopping center in Winter Park is a nightmare. It makes sense for the ultra-popular grocery store to move up the street to the vacant...
  • The season is here: Get the scoop on scallops

    The season is here: Get the scoop on scallops
    With their goofy grin and spray of 40 to 50 flame-blue eyeballs, scallops are some of the cutest critters in the sea. That is not their appeal, however, to creatures ranging from tiny snails to tattooed humans. "It's kind of bad to be so tasty,"...