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Water Supply Planning
Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, requires the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) to assess water supplies every five years to determine if natural systems will be able to maintain a healthy condition and supply demands for water. SRWMD concluded in the 2010 Water Supply Assessment that Upper Floridan aquifer groundwater levels in the northeastern portion of the district are in decline. Declines in the Upper Floridan aquifer are predicted to impact river and spring flows in certain areas during the 2010 to 2030 planning period.

In response to the water resources impacts identified and predicted in the assessment, SRWMD designated four water supply planning regions. These planning regions were subsequently designated water resource caution areas by the SRWMD Governing Board on October 11, 2011.

Water Resource Caution AreasThe solutions for sustainable water supply are regional in scope. As a result, the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership was formed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD), and SRWMD. Additional Partnership information is available at northfloridawater.com.

SRWMD and SJRWMD are working closely by sharing data, conducting joint analyses, and implementing regional water supply planning strategies. The two districts are currently developing a joint regional water supply plan for the north Florida region, including the four water resource caution areas and all or portions of the nine northern-most counties in the St. Johns River Water Management District. A draft regional water supply plan report covering the 2015-2035 planning period is scheduled for completion in late 2015.

For additional details, please read the summary of the 2010 Water Supply Assessment or download the report in its entirety.

2010 Water Supply Assessment (PDF, 7.6MB)

Aquifer Recharge Concepts

Frequently Asked Questions

Download a map of the water resource caution areas (PDF, 1.09MB).