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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Steinhatchee River MFL stakeholder meeting rescheduled to Feb 23

LIVE OAK, FL, January 27, 2016 - The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Steinhatchee River minimum flows and levels (MFLs) meeting has been rescheduled to February 23, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Steinhatchee Community Center.

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Posted on: January 25, 2016

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week Jan. 24-30, 2016

LIVE OAK, FL, January 25, 2016 -- The District uses prescribed fire as part of its strategy to maintain natural resources and reduce the risk of wildfires. In recognition of 2016 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, the District is providing information about

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Posted on: January 19, 2016

December 2015 hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FL, January 19, 2016 -- During the month of December 2015, across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) rainfall averaged 1.80 inches. That is just over half of the long-term December average rainfall of 3.17 inches. Parts of

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Posted on: December 22, 2015

Jan 26, SRWMD to host stakeholder meeting for Upper and Middle Suwannee River MFLs

LIVE OAK, FL, December 22, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) invites businesses, residents and recreational users of the Upper and Middle Suwannee River to participate in a public meeting.

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Hoover Family Farms -Suwannee Valley BMP Success Story

LIVE OAK, FL, December 11, 2015 - Rooted from the five generations of family farming, Bradley Hoover and his son, Bradley Hoover II, operate their certified organic family farm in northwest Suwannee County. The Hoovers started their organic farm eight

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Posted on: December 9, 2015

November 2015 Hydrologic Conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FLA, December 9, 2015 - Rainfall across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) during the month of November averaged 2.76 inches. This is slightly above the long-term average November rainfall of 2.65” inches. The 12-month

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Posted on: November 24, 2015

Hart Springs Restoration

Live Oak, FL, November 24, 2015 - Hart Springs a 2nd magnitude spring is flowing stronger thanks to a successful restoration project undertaken by Gilchrist County and the District. The project has improved the health of the spring and

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Prescribed burn planned at Mallory Swamp November and December

LIVE OAK, FL, November 6, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) land managers will conduct prescribed burning operations on the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area beginning the week of November 9 through December 31, 2015.

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Posted on: October 22, 2015

Landscape irrigation frequency ‘falls back’ November 1

LIVE OAK, FL, October 22, 2015 - From November 1 until March 13, 2016 lawn and landscape irrigation measures for residents and commercial entities within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) boundaries will shift to once per week...

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Posted on: October 20, 2015

Hydrologic conditions for the month of September 2015

LIVE OAK, FL, October 20, 2015 - The rainfall average for the month of September across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) was 5.16 inches, roughly a third of an inch less than the long-term average of 5.46”. For the 12-month period

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Posted on: October 12, 2015

Levy Blue Springs benefit from partnership

LIVE OAK, FL, October 12, 2015 – Levy Blue Springs is a vital asset to the Town of Bronson and is a popular recreational area. Levy Blue spring run connects to the Waccasassa River. The Levy Blue Water Quality Improvement Project has been recently

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Posted on: October 6, 2015

Oct 20, SRWMD MFLs meeting for Aucilla, Econfina and Wacissa Rivers

LIVE OAK, FL, October 6, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District invites businesses, residents and recreational users of the Aucilla Econfina, and Wacissa Rivers to participate in a public meeting. The District will present the Draft MFLs for

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Posted on: October 1, 2015

Cost-Share opportunities available for producers in the Santa Fe River Basin

LIVE OAK, FL, October 1, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District with the help of a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has developed incentive-based programs to assist the agriculture community’s stewardship efforts

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Posted on: September 22, 2015

2,000 acres of natural systems protected through acquisition

Live Oak, FL, September 22, 2015 – Approximately 2,000 acres of natural systems in Bradford County will be protected while providing a military base buffer for Camp Blanding, thanks to an acquisition made possible by a variety of key players.

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Posted on: September 22, 2015

SRWMD Governing Board adopts fiscal year 2015-2016 budget

LIVE OAK, FL, September 22, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 (FY 2016) budget of $43.34 million and the millage rate of 0.4104.

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Posted on: September 10, 2015

August rainfall across Suwannee River WMD

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 10, 2015 - August was a rainy month for most of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). Rainfall throughout the District on average was 9.19 inches. However, rainfall amounts varied significantly from the northern

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Posted on: September 9, 2015

SRWMD Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget public hearing

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 9, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 (FY 2016).

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Posted on: September 8, 2015

Noah Valenstein named SRWMD Director

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 8, 2015 - Noah Valenstein has been selected to be the new Executive Director for the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). Valenstein was among three other top candidates for position.

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Posted on: August 31, 2015

Suwannee Valley BMP Success Story- Adrian and Melissa Land

LIVE OAK, FLA, August 31, 2015 - Adrian Land and his wife Melissa Land are sixth-generation ranchers in Suwannee County. The Lands live in Branford on their family farm with their son Adrian Land II and daughter Arica. In 1993, the Lands started their

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

SRWMD aquifer recharge and springs restoration project kick-off

LIVE OAK, FL, August 28, 2015 - A remarkable project in Dixie and Lafayette counties is reestablishing natural drainage patterns to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer and enhance spring flows. The Middle Suwannee River and Springs Restoration and Aquifer

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Posted on: August 8, 2015

Columbia County RIVER project underway

LIVE OAK, FL, August 7, 2015 – The October Road Water Main Extension project is underway in Columbia County (County). The County in partnership with the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) have set out to improve and maintain safe drinking

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

RIVER grant applications for local cooperators available

LIVE OAK, FLA, July 22, 2015 - For the third consecutive year, the Suwanee River Water Management District (District) is hosting a local government cooperative funding program, Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER),

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

Suwannee Valley farmer BMP success story, Dasher Farms

LIVE OAK, FL, July 22, 2015 - Randall Dasher is an outstanding farmer in Suwannee County who is at the forefront in the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) that go above and beyond voluntary or regulatory program requirements.

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

SRWMD Governing Board approves lower tax rate

LIVE OAK, FL, July 15, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board approved reducing the Tentative Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 millage rate. The Board voted to reduce the millage rate to 0.4104 from 0.4141 resulting in tax decrease

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

June 2015 hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FL, July 15, 2015 – Rainfall totals for the month of June measured on average 5.33 inches throughout the Suwannee River Water Management District. The highest rainfall amounts during the month fell along a band from the mouth of the Steinhatchee

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Posted on: July 1, 2015

Flood hazard mitigation focus in Columbia and Hamilton Counties

LIVE OAK, FL, July 1, 2015 - As flood risks data improves overtime, a collaborative approach is needed to help make communities more resilient. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coordinating with the Suwannee River Water Management District and

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Posted on: June 30, 2015

SRWMD Fanning Springs Dashboard goes live

LIVE OAK, FLA, June 30, 2015 – Fanning Springs, a second magnitude spring in Levy County, is continuously monitored by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and the data captured are now available to the public on a new dashboard.

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

Prescribed burn planned for Mallory Swamp during July

LIVE OAK, FL, June 26, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) land managers will be conducting prescribed burning operations within the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area beginning July 1 and extending through July 17, 2015.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

SRWMD plans strategy to restore watershed in Big Bend

Live Oak, FL, June 17, 2015 - The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Surface Water and Improvement andManagement (SWIM) Plans will be updated thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Gulf Environmental Benefit

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Posted on: June 15, 2015

Columbia County water conservation is project underway

Live Oak, FL, June 15, 2015 – The Columbia County Water Conservation project designed to benefit the Lower Santa Fe River and associated springs is underway. Replacing existing inefficient water fixtures with high efficiency fixtures in commercial

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

May 2015 hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

Live Oak, FL, June 9, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) rainfall average in May was 2.50 inches. This is about 25 percent less than the long-term average May rainfall of 3.27 inches.

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Posted on: June 9, 2015

SRWMD Board approves purchase of 2,000 acre - Camp Blanding buffer

Live Oak, FL, June 9, 2015 – An acquisition of approximately 2,000 acres that will benefit natural resources and benefit a military base is underway in Bradford County. The District Governing Board has authorized the purchase of 2,014 acres from Rayonier

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Posted on: June 2, 2015

Suwannee County farmer uses sustainable practices

Live Oak, FL, June 2, 2015 – In 2005, Scott and Billie Rooney bought the first 53 acres of their now 80-acre farm in Suwannee County, east of Live Oak. Ten years later, the Rooney farm is divided into six acres of four varieties of “Rabbiteye” U-pick blue

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Posted on: June 1, 2015

SRWMD Interim Director Herd takes the helm

Live Oak, FL, June 1, 2015 – Carlos D. Herd, P.G. will step into the role of interim executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) today. Herd was named interim executive director by the District’s Chairman on May 14,

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Posted on: May 26, 2015

SRWMD highlights Dixie County features

Live Oak, FL, May 26, 2015–The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) May governing board meeting was held in Dixie County at the Putnam Lodge, in the Coastal Rivers Basin. Dixie and Taylor Counties are home to very popular natural features

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

SRWMD prepares for 2015 Hurricane Season

Live Oak, FL, May 22, 2015 – Monday, June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is making preparations. The District participated in a statewide exercise from May 18-22,

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Posted on: May 16, 2015

SRWMD purchased Turtle Spring Tract

Live Oak, FL, May 14, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District has acquired Turtle Spring in Lafayette County. Turtle Spring is one of ten second magnitude springs in Lafayette County. The purchase will allow the District to provide floodplain

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Posted on: May 14, 2015

Carlos D. Herd named interim executive director of SRWMD

Live Oak, FL, May 14, 2015 - Governing Board Chairman, Don J. Quincey, Jr., appointed Carlos D. Herd as the interim executive director of Suwannee River Water Management District (District) as Ann B. Shortelle, Ph. D, is being considered for the

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Posted on: May 12, 2015

April 2015 Hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

Live Oak, FL, May 12, 2015 – Rainfall in the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) for the month of April was slightly above average. District-wide rainfall in April was 3.62”, about ten percent more than the long-term monthly average rain-

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

15th Annual CARES celebration honors local farmers using BMPs

Live Oak, FL May 8, 2015 – Fourteen farmers and producers were honored at the 15th annual County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) dinner on May 7, 2015, for voluntarily carrying out best management practices (BMPs) that

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Posted on: April 30, 2015

SRWMD launches Ichetucknee Springs Dashboard

LIVE OAK, FL, April 30, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is expanding its capability to share water quality data with the public through this springs dashboard. The new Ichetucknee Springs Dashboard offers users water flow

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Posted on: April 20, 2015

Water Conservation Month: Week Two – Outdoor Water Savings for Residential Users

Live Oak, FL, April 17, 2015 – Landscape irrigation is characteristically the largest water use for households. April is usually the month with the least amount of rainfall in Florida; therefore, this is the optimal time to review the ways residential

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Posted on: April 14, 2015

Governor Scott appoints Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams to SRWMD Governing Board

Live Oak, FL, April 14, 2015 – Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointments of Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board.

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Posted on: April 1, 2015

April 2015 is Water Conservation Month

LIVE OAK, FL, April 1, 2015 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board understands that clean, safe and sustainable water resources are vital to the District’s residents, visitors, economy and environment.

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

Agencies partner to celebrate April as Springs Protection Awareness Month

Live Oak, FL, March 31, 2015 – April has been designated Springs Protection Month by the Florida Legislature, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Suwannee River, St. Johns River, Southwest Florida and Northwest Florida water

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Posted on: March 25, 2015

Governor Scott reappoints Kevin Brown to SRWMD Governing Board

LIVE OAK, FL, March 25, 2015 – Governor Rick Scott announced today the reappointment of Kevin W. Brown to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board.

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Posted on: March 17, 2015

SRWMD awards school grants, opens new funding round

LIVE OAK, FL, March 17, 2015, – Four schools within the boundaries of the Suwannee River Water Management District have been awarded funding to support educational, hands-on opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, math and

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

Little River Youth Hunt

The Fish and Wildlife Commission Youth Hunting Program of Florida (YHPF) in partnership with the Suwannee River Water Management District and the National Wild Turkey Federation are offering a one-time youth hunting opportunity at Little River WMA

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

SRWMD RIVER Cost-Share program funds 13 local cooperators

LIVE OAK, FL, March 12, 2015 – Thirteen local government cooperators will receive over $1.6 million through the Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) program of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) thanks to

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Posted on: March 10, 2015

SRWMD Governing Board approves purchase of Turtle Spring Tract

LIVE OAK, FL, March 10, 2015 – Turtle Spring will soon be under the protection of the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). The District has gained approval from its Governing Board to move forward with the acquisition of the Turtle Springs

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Spring forward with SRWMD conservation measures

LIVE OAK, FL, MARCH 6, 2015 –– The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is ready to spring forward the shift in time on Sunday, March 8th. Residents within the District are reminded of the concurrent shift in lawn and landscape irrigation

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