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Posted on: February 28, 2020

FDEP Sampling Results

Rocks lining the Withlacoochee River

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) created a new webpage featuring locations and results of sampling efforts. The map features routine sampling locations and sampling locations in response to an event such as a wastewater spill. The...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

SMART GROWTH: HELPING HIGH SPRINGS NEIGHBORS SWITCH TO SEWER

The residents of High Springs, Fla., know their local springs are not only some of Florida’s greatest natural resources but are also vital to the local community.

“We need to leave a good legacy for our children,” said Byron W...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

REMOTE AND LIMITED IN-PERSON OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR JANUARY GOVERNING BOARD MEETING

LIVE OAK, FLA., Jan. 5, 2021 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, January 12 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be accessible online and open to the public with limited seating capac...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: December 18, 2020

GOVERNOR DESANTIS APPOINTS GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) welcomes Larry Thompson, of Bell, to the Governing Board. On Dec. 18, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Thompson.

“Thank you, Governor DeSantis for your continued support an...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Preserving Rock Bluff Springs through conservation

“There are properties the public needs to own for enjoyment and to keep them as pristine as possible for generations to come,” explained Donald Quincey, Jr., Suwannee River Water Management District former board member and Chiefland area resident.

To Quinc...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Innovative Wetlands with Nature at Work

“It’s magic to see what happens when you add water to the landscape,” said Jacqui Sulek, chapter conservation manager for Audubon Florida.

A visit to the Lake City Wetlands is magical to many who see it for the first time. Treated wastewater has helped tra...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Remote and Limited In-Person Options Available for December Governing Board Meeting

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 30, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, December 8 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be accessible online and open to the public with limited seating capa...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

District to Present Updated FEMA Flood Map to Hamilton County Residents

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 12, 2020 – Flood risk can change over time due to new development, weather patterns and other factors. The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) plans to present a newly developed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEM...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Fall Back for Water Conservation

Irrigate your landscape twice per week when springing forward and once per week when falling back.

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 9, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) reminds residents to shift landscape watering to once per week to correspond with the time change. The fall watering schedule will remain in effect until Marc...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: November 5, 2020

District Awarded Funds to Analyze Flood Risk in the Santa Fe and Withlacoochee Basin

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 5, 2020 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $2 million grant to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) for flood protection improvements within the Santa Fe and Withlacoochee basins. A...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Remote and Limited In-Person Options Available for November Governing Board Meeting

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 3, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be accessible online and open to the public with limited seating capa...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Governor DeSantis Appoints Governing Board Member

LIVE OAK, FLA., Oct. 8, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) welcomes Larry Sessions, of Live Oak, to the Governing Board. On October 8, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Sessions.“We appreciate the Governor’s co...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: October 6, 2020

October Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., Oct. 6, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will remotely hold its Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, October 13 at 9 a.m. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to ...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Rum Island Reopening and Spring Restoration Project

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) partnered with Columbia County to improve water quality at Rum Island Spring through the Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) cost-share program. The District funded $150,000 t...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Springs Restoration Projects Approved by Governor DeSantis

Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $11.2 million for springs restoration projects within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District). The funds are allocated for wastewater treatment improvements and land acquisition to protect and pres...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Virtual Open House for Flood Map Improvements in Levy County

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 25, 2020 – Join the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) in a virtual open house on October 1 at 6 p.m. to discuss the preliminary flood map for Levy County. The meeting will highlight upcoming changes to the...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Governing Board Workshop and Committee Meetings to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 14, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will remotely hold a Governing Board workshop, committee meetings and Final Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget on Monday, September 21....

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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Governor DeSantis Appoints Governing Board Member

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 9, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) welcomes Harry Smith, of Lake City, to the Governing Board. On September 8, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Smith. He begins immediately a...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

September Governing Board and First Public Hearing to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 1, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will remotely hold its Governing Board meeting and First Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2021 Budget on Tuesday, September 8. The monthly Governing Board meeti...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Supplemental Governing Board and Committee Meeting to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 19, 2020 – On Thursday, August 27 at 9:00 a.m., the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold a remote Audit Committee meeting followed by a supplemental Governing Board meeting. Following Governor DeSant...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

August Governing Board to be Conducted Remotely

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, August 11 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order 20-52 to reduce public gatherings and p...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Springhouse Temporarily Closed at Suwannee Springs

LIVE OAK, FLA., July 22, 2020 – The springhouse at Suwannee Springs is temporarily closed due to unsafe conditions. Recent river flooding caused large amounts of debris and sediment to enter the springhouse and damage the stairway. The ...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

July Governing Board and Committee Meetings to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., July 7, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order ...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Celebrate Great Outdoors Month by Visiting District Lands

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is celebrating June as Great Outdoors Month. The District encourages residents and visitors to spend time outdoors recreating on District lands and enjoying the many scenic rivers in North Florida.

Th...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

June Governing Board and Committee Meetings to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., June 1, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, June 9 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. The committee meeting will immediately follow the board meeting unless...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Pot Spring Tract Open to Public with Improvements

LIVE OAK, FLA., May 29, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) completed a restoration project at Pot Spring to reduce sediment runoff and improve the spring’s water quality. The project included updating a deck...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

North Florida Blooms with Color

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 30, 2020 – Seas of bright yellows, light purples and deep pinks can be seen across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) with fields, roadways and yards filled with wildflowers. The abundance of blooms open...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

May Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., May 4, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 7, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will hold its monthly Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. remotely. Following Governor DeSantis’ directions in Executive Order...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Applications Extended for Local Government Funding Assistance

LIVE OAK, FLA., April 3, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District has extended the application deadline to the Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) cost-share program. Local communities and agencies can now appl...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: March 31, 2020

A Little Water Conservation Can Go A Long Way

LIVE OAK, FLA., March 31 , 2020 – Small changes in homes and businesses can make a large, collective impact on water conservation.  The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is recognizing April as Water Conservation Month...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

District Recognizes April as Springs Protection Awareness Month

LIVE OAK, FLA., March 30, 2020 – With over 440 documented springs, the Suwannee Valley is home to the largest concentration of freshwater springs in North America. The springs of the area have significant environmental, historical, econ...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

District Response to COVID-19

Agency Governance

Nov. 3, 2020 Update

REMOTE AND LIMITED IN-PERSON OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR NOVEMBER GOVERNIN...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Senate Confirms Board Members and Executive Director

Today, the Florida Senate confirmed the appointments of Richard Schwab and Charles Keith to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board (Board), and also confirmed Hugh Thomas as executive director of the District.

Water managem...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Spring Forward with Irrigation

LIVE OAK, FLA, March 2, 2019 – On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will spring forward with daylight saving time. Along with changing the time on clocks, the District reminds residents and businesses...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

District Highlights Invasive Impacts for National Invasive Species Awareness Week

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 26, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District), in conjunction with land managers throughout the nation, is highlighting the impacts of non-native, exotic plants on District lands as part of National Invas...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Applications Open to Local Governments for Funding Assistance

LIVE OAK, FLA., Feb. 25, 2020 – Local communities have the opportunity to make essential updates through the Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER) cost-share p...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: February 19, 2020

Sign Up for Water Management Notifications

LIVE OAK, FLA., Feb. 19, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has created new notification system for minimum flow and minimum water level (MFL) updates. Notifications of meetings or materials associated with c...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Celebrate Florida Hiking Trails Month by Visiting District Lands

LIVE OAK, FLA., Feb. 10, 2020 –  During the month of February, area residents and visitors are encouraged to hike the District’s scenic trails in observance of Florida Hiking Trails Month. The Suwannee River Water Management D...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Prescribed Fire Reduces Wildfire Risk In North Central Florida

LIVE OAK, FLA., Jan. 28, 2020 – Prescribed fire, also known as controlled burning, is used by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) to maintain natural resources and reduce the risk of wildfires. The District recognize...

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Press Releases and News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Over 10 Tons of Debris Cleaned Up on the Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers

LIVE OAK, FLA., Jan. 23, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) removed 10.28 tons of unsecured structures and debris through cleanup efforts on the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers. Without proper removal, these structures a...

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