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About the District

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1. What is the Suwannee River Water Management District?
2. I live in the Gainesville-Alachua County area. How do I know what water management district I live in?
3. Part of my property taxes goes to the water management district. What do I get in return?
4. Why do I have to pay taxes to the District if I have my own well?
5. How does the District calculate my property taxes?
6. Why have my District taxes gone up from last year?
7. Who do the water management districts report to?
8. How is the Suwannee River Water Management District governed?
9. What does the Suwannee River Water Management District do?
10. Where can I find information about the Suwannee River Partnership?
11. Does the Suwannee River Partnership offer any cost share funding for farmers?
12. How do I do business with the District?
13. How do I apply for a job at the District?

District Lands

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1. Why are there locked gates on District lands?
2. How do I offer land to the District for purchase?

General

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1. I need to have my water turned on. Who do I call?
2. Where can I get my drinking water tested?
3. I saw someone dumping what appeared to be oil or chemicals into the river. Who should I call to report it?
4. Someone dumped garbage and broken glass along the river shoreline. Who can I call to have it removed?
5. How can I request a “springs” brochure?
6. Do you have any information available on sinkholes?

Minimum Flows and Levels

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1. What are minimum flows and levels (MFLs) and how will setting them benefit natural resources?
2. What is the schedule for establishing minimum flows and levels (MFLs)?

Permitting

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1. What is a floodway?
2. Do I need a permit to build a residential structure on the river?
3. What is the building setback from the river?
4. Are there restrictions on the amount and type of clearing a homeowner may do on river property?
5. Do I need a permit to dig a pond?
6. What is a wetland?
7. Do I need a permit for my commercial building?
8. Do I need a permit to use water?
9. Do I need a permit for drilling or digging a well?
10. Do I need a permit for construction of a septic tank and drain field system?

Recreation

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1. Is the Suwannee River deep enough for boating activities?
2. Where can I get a map of the river, springs, and/or launch sites?
3. Where can I rent a boat, canoe, or kayak?
4. Can I camp along the river?
5. Is camping allowed on District lands?
6. What is the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and where can I get information on it?
7. How can I reserve a space at one of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail cabins or river camps?
8. Where is the best place to boat on the Suwannee River?
9. Is fuel for my boat available on the Suwannee River?
10. Who establishes no-wake zones on the rivers?
11. Whom do I call to report boaters who violate no-wake zones?
12. What are sturgeons, and are they dangerous?
13. If I’m looking for a place to swim, where on District lands can I go?
14. While on a family outing at a local spring, we witnessed people drinking alcohol and trashing the place. Whom do we report this to and who is responsible for management of local springs?
15. Are all-terrain vehicles allowed on District lands?
16. Where is the best place for bike riding? How about horseback riding?
17. Does the District lease property for hunting?
18. What can I hunt on District properties?
19. How can I get a special use authorization?

River and Lake Levels

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1. Where can I find information on rainfall amounts, groundwater levels, and river levels?
2. Where can I get the historic high and low levels for rivers?
3. What does flood stage mean?
4. When will rising water reach my home?

Surplus Lands Program

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1. Why is the District declaring some lands as surplus and then selling them?
2. Is it true that the District is selling land in order to increase operating funds?
3. Isn’t there an amendment to the Florida Constitution that restricts the sale of public conservation lands?
4. What criteria are used in identifying surplus lands?
5. What about lands that contain archeological sites or habitat for listed species?
6. How are land holdings declared surplus?
7. Is this being done "behind closed doors?"
8. How will the District make the surplus lands available to members of the public that may be interested in buying them?
9. How much will the District charge for surplus lands?

Water Conditions

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1. What are the watering restrictions in the Suwannee River Water Management District?
2. Where can I get information on road flooding?
3. Where can I get a list of your technical reports on water resources and how can they be ordered?
4. Is foaming in the river caused by pollution?
5. Is it likely that an agricultural irrigation well is affecting water levels in my residential well?

Water Conservation

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1. How do I know if I have to adhere to the landscape irrigation rule?
2. How often can I water my lawn and landscape?
3. What if I want to water more than this allows?
4. What if I have a new landscape and lawn that needs more watering?
5. Do I fall under these rules if I irrigate with reclaimed water?
6. Does the rule apply to irrigation of my vegetable garden at home?
7. Do the regulations apply to farmers?
8. Was this rule adopted in response to drought conditions?

Water Shortage Order

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1. Why was the water shortage order lifted in some counties but not others?
2. We’ve received a lot of rain lately. Do we still need restrictions?
3. My water comes from my private well. Do the water restrictions apply to me?
4. If our groundwater is going to Jacksonville, why do I have to follow restrictions when people living there do not?
5. How can I tell which water management district I live in?
6. I see farmers watering fields at all hours, for long periods of time. Don’t they have restrictions?
7. Who enforces the restrictions?
8. How do I report a violation?
9. My home owners association (HOA) requires that all lawns be kept lush and green or residents will be fined. If I comply with the water shortage order and my lawn turns brown or dies, can the HOA issue

Water Supply Planning

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1. What is a water supply assessment?
2. What is a water supply plan?
3. What is an alternative water supply?
4. What is a water conservation strategy?
5. What is water resource development?
6. What is a water resource caution area?