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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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  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Water district’s conservation lectures — all bottled up

     
    Kirby Green, the head of the St. Johns Water Management District had a “My Word” piece this morning, urging Floridians to work on their water conservation. Maybe it's just me, but ever since the district gave the Niagara bottled-water...
  • State may lift conservation restriction so UCF can build on land

     
    The University of Central Florida wants to build academic and research facilities on a small piece of conservation land within the campus' 82-acre Arboretum — a move that some students and environmental groups have been lobbying against for many...
  • Water management districts under assault in Tally

     
    By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel On a spring morning in 1995, real-estate developer B.B. Nelson walked into a Melbourne office of the St. Johns River Water Management District with a military smoke bomb. The 65-year-old Brevard County resident was angry...
  • Will human water needs threaten manatees?

     
    Colleague Ludi Lelis has a sobering story on the outlook for Blue Spring, which is a popular winter refuge for endangered manatees. The spring's waters are fed by the Floridan aquifer, which is also the prime source for human water needs in west Volusia...
  • 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...