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Posted on: March 16, 2020

District Response to COVID-19

Dirt road windning through tall treesMarch 26, 2020 Update

DISTRICT RECREATION LANDS REMAIN OPEN, PUBLIC REMINDED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS!

LIVE OAK, FLA., March 26, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will keep District-managed recreation lands open for individual and small group day use in its 15-county region to provide the public with recreational opportunities. Spring is a great time to enjoy District public lands. However, all campgrounds and campsites remain closed but are open for day use.

Recreational users are reminded to follow the direction of Governor DeSantis and to uphold Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings larger than 10 people and distancing themselves a minimum of six feet from others.

As long as recreational users follow this guidance, the District will be able to provide recreational opportunities while protecting public health and safety associated with the spread of COVID-19, unless otherwise directed by an emergency order.  

The District and its partners have acquired more than 160,000 acres of conservation lands primarily through the state’s land acquisition programs to protect the Suwannee Valley region’s water resources. Approximately 99 percent of this land is open for public recreation. Many of these lands are maintained directly by the District and offer a more natural experience, while some of these properties are managed as county and state parks and offer a broader range of amenities.

For more information on District recreation lands, visit www.MySuwanneRiver.com/Recreation

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Important update: District response to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 Update

DISTRICT OFFICE AND TRACT ACCESS TEMPORARILY LIMITED TO PUBLIC

LIVE OAK, FLA., March 18, 2020 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is open for business. However, following direction provided by Governor Ron DeSantis, the District has canceled all nonessential travel and is temporarily maximizing the use of remote work for staff to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS

As of March 18, 2020, District headquarter access will be limited to staff only until further notice. Citizens and stakeholders are encouraged to contact District staff remotely if they need assistance. Remote communication includes phone call, teleconference, and email. A list of District contacts and a general inquiry form are available on the District’s website at MySuwanneeRiver.com.  Business hours remain Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

DISTRICT LANDS

Individual and small group day use of District lands will continue. However, groups larger than 10 people are prohibited on all District lands as of March 18, 2020. Additionally, Goose Pasture individual camp and group camp sites are closed as of March 23, 2020.

The health of our staff, the public and stakeholders is our main priority. Reducing face-to-face contact is one way the District is doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Call 386.362.1001 if you have questions. Contact information for staff is on the District’s website at MySuwanneeRiver.com.

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March 16, 2020 Update

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is open for business. In accordance with Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders 51 and 52, travel and in-person meetings are being limited to help reduce the potential for spread of the COVID-19 illness. All non-essential in-state and out-of-state work travel is currently prohibited for District employees. The District is maximizing teleconferencing capabilities to continue serving the needs of the public. If you require the District’s services, please call the office prior to your visit to confirm the staff person you are meeting with is available.  Permits and other regulatory efforts can be processed online through the District’s E-Permitting system available on our website and staff can answer questions if needed.
 
Please call the District office at 386-362-1001 or visit our website www.MySuwanneeRiver.com if you have questions.

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