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By St. John’s River Water Management District


District Governing Board members listen as staff provide a presentation on the District’s land management practices.
District’s Governing Board meets Oct. 10
St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board members will meet Tuesday, Oct. 10, at District headquarters in Palatka for their monthly meeting. This month’s meeting begins at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast online.
Learn more about our Governing Board and the role members play in protecting Florida’s water resources on our website.
See agenda Meet our Governing Board members Visit the streaming link
In the News
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District Executive Director Mike Register (center) presents the October Employee of the Month award to Katie Von Canal at the Palm Bay Service Center, with service center staff joining in the presentation.
Katie Von Canal is the October Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Katie Von Canal, the District’s October Employee of the Month! Katie is a senior regulatory information specialist in the District’s Office of Records and Regulatory Support, working in our Palm Bay Service Center. She is recognized for demonstrating the District’s core values to build trust, develop partnerships, accept accountability and achieve results. In February 2023, a Personal Property Specialist resigned. While another office worked to fill the vacancy, Katie immediately recognized a need to perform some of the former staff member’s daily responsibilities to help her co-workers and staff in other offices. In addition to her primary responsibilities, Katie managed receiving and distributing packages, assisting Palm Bay staff with checking out products from Stores, and helping Palatka Stores staff with the service center inventory. She volunteered to help and accepted the additional duties while maintaining a smile and positive attitude. Thank you, Katie, for all you do!
Upcoming public meetings and ways to provide input 
We want to hear from you and have several opportunities in the coming weeks for you to learn about and provide comments on our work.
In October, three open house/peer review meetings are scheduled — one each in Jacksonville, Apopka and Palm Bay. The forums will be held in person and through video conferencing. Find details and registration information in our announcements section. Recreational public meetings will be held in late October and early November. At these meetings, staff will provide updates on land management and District-led projects in three regions as they relate to the District’s public conservation areas. Information and agendas are available online. Public comments on the draft update to the North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan are being accepted through Oct. 6, 2023. The water supply planning effort in the region is a partnership with the Suwannee River Water Management District that has included numerous public meetings and collaboration with many stakeholders, including local governments, to assess current and projected water needs in the region through 2045. Learn more about the planning process, current activities and find the comment form here.  The St. Johns River and Southwest Florida water management districts are jointly developing a new groundwater model, known as the Central Springs Model, to quantify the effects of current and future groundwater withdrawals on the water resources within north-central Florida. A draft version of the Central Springs Model is ready for review on the St. Johns District’s website. Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2023. Stakeholders may submit comments using an online comment tool or via email. 
Visit our website to learn more about our work and upcoming meetings.
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Hear about our work from our staff  
Get to know our staff, hear about their passion for their work and how their efforts play a part in protecting and restoring Florida’s water. It’s all in WATERSPOUT!   We’ve recently talked with our laboratory staff about the wealth of information they process and how it impacts our work, heard from our Bureau of Land Resources on exploring the District’s public lands and the many recreational opportunities available on these conservation areas, and learned about the Division of Water Supply Planning and Assessment and its work to ensure a sustainable water supply.
Watch on YouTube and the District’s website. Audio is also available on Apple, Spotify, Audible and other podcast platforms.
ICYMI on YouTube
Watch our latest video. A partnership between the District and Altamonte Springs has paved the way for a groundbreaking water supply project. It transforms reclaimed water to meet drinking standards and helps protect water quality in Wekiwa and Rock springs. It’s just one of the recent videos highlighting cooperative work in communities across the region to benefit Florida’s water resources. Check it out! 
See our latest videos on our YouTube channel.
Explore more information about the District by reading stories and press releases on our Newsroom page and in StreamLines.
Water conservation tip
Are you watering your lawn even when it’s raining? Take control of your irrigation controller! Turn off your sprinklers, let Mother Nature do the work! Conservation tips at WaterLessFlorida.com. Florida’s water – It’s worth saving.
How much rain has your area seen?
Rainfall average in the past month through Oct. 5 is 7.31 inches within the 18 counties of the District.
Click here to find rainfall data for your area
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