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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

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  • Florida Springs Guide: Gemini Springs

    Florida Springs Guide: Gemini Springs
    Gemini Springs 37 Dirksen Drive Debary, FL 32713 (386) 736-5953 The 210-acre Gemini Springs was purchased in 1994 through the combined efforts of Volusia County, the Trust for Public Lands, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida...
  • Reservoir fight: Cocoa would sell water to Orange — but for a profit

    Reservoir fight: Cocoa would sell water to Orange — but for a profit
    As tensions in Florida rise over the control of scarce water supplies, the Brevard County city of Cocoa, a heavy user of water pumped from rural Orange County, is offering to sell the increasingly precious resource to Orange County's utility — for a...
  • OUC hires water cops: For 1st time, Orlando utility is sending out sprinkler patrols

    OUC hires water cops: For 1st time, Orlando utility is sending out sprinkler patrols
    As Orlando residents sleep in for an extra hour Sunday morning, a new kind of law enforcement will be out in city neighborhoods by the crack of dawn: water cops. The end of daylight saving time marks the start of a four-month period when lawn...
  • Florida rivers' low profile puts them at risk

    Florida rivers' low profile puts them at risk
    For an imaginary moment, swim with Hueland Todd Brown as he descends into a deep, caramel-colored river, feeling his way with his hands and hoping nothing bites. Brown lives by the Choctawhatchee, a wild river that coils through remote forests in the...
  • Florida rivers getting sicker, Sentinel investigation finds

    Florida rivers getting sicker, Sentinel investigation finds
    Florida's rivers are in trouble. That's what the Orlando Sentinel found after a yearlong evaluation of some of the state's biggest and smallest, most urban and remote, cleanest and dirtiest, protected and abused rivers. Of the 22 rivers studied,...
  • Water district director announces retirement

     
    ¬†PALATKA — The 10-year head of the St. Johns River Water Management District announced his retirement Tuesday during the agency’s monthly board meeting, where¬†significant reductions in staff and operations were unveiled in response to a...
  • Water district budget cuts prompt layoffs, retirements at St. John’s

     
    By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel PALATKA – The St. Johns River Water Management District unveiled deep cuts in its staff and operations Tuesday in response to a new state law that imposed large budget reductions on Florida's five water-policy...
  • Water district lays off senior staff at behest of developers

     
    By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel Mass layoffs at the state agency most responsible for protecting Central Florida's waters and wetlands were ordered by Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers as a break for taxpayers, but the forced departures of key regulators...
  • St. Johns water district chief moves up departure date

     
    Turmoil at the St. Johns River Water Management District continues today as Executive Director Kirby Green has announced he will leave the agency Oct. 3. Green, who has led the water district for a decade, had been planning to leave early next year,...
  • Amid state-induced budget squeeze, water districts scrambling

     
    By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel The powerful agency regulating Central and North Florida's water supply has sustained a more than 25 percent cut in its tax revenue, its employees say morale is the lowest in memory, and orders from the governor to...
  • Slump lets Florida delay hard choices on water -- for now

    Slump lets Florida delay hard choices on water -- for now
    Florida's water glass is almost empty. As the state's population explosion pushed into this decade, growing communities panicked over their worsening thirst. Authorities banned lawn sprinkling on all but one day a week, utilities cooperated in hopes of...