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Posted on: November 7, 2017

SRWMD November Governing Board Meeting Notice

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 7, 2017 – On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will host a governing board meeting and workshop beginning at 9:00 a.m. at District headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 3206...

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

From Feed To Maze: GIS Technology Maps The Course

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 6, 2017 – A sorghum field turned maze is providing learning opportunities for Branford High School FFA students on the use and benefits of geographic mapping technologies and their uses throughout the Suwannee River Water M...

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

Falling Back For Water Conservation

LIVE OAK, FL, October 30, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is reminding district residents to shift landscape watering to once per week beginning November 5, 2017. The fall watering schedule will remain in effect until March 11, 2018. Cooler temperatures and shorter days call for less watering in the winter due to slower growth and less evaporation. Irrigation schedules seek to ensure efficient water use and conserve water resources. Additionally, November is historically the driest month of the year which works in perfect tandem with the slower growing season, lunar changes and cooler temperatures. “The changing seasons are a visual reminder that nature works to maintain itself during colder, drier times and requires much less water to preserve the health of flora and fauna,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District. “Irrigation scheduling is one way that we can all contribute to conserving water, especially when there is not a natural need for it.” The watering schedule applies to residential landscaping; public, commercial, and industrial property; hotels and motels; and public medians. Key guidelines include: - Irrigation should not occur between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; - No more than ¾ inch of water or the depth of a five-ounce tuna can, may be applied per irrigation zone per day; - Water no more than one hour per irrigation zone; - Odd numbered or no address locations are permitted to water on Saturdays (Address ending in the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 or the letters N-Z); - Even numbered address locations are permitted to water on Sundays (Address ending in the numbers 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 or letters A-M); and - Non-residential properties are permitted to water on Tuesdays.   Business and residents are encouraged to use Florida-Friendly Landscape principles and skip watering when it rains close to a scheduled irrigation day. Agricultural and other large irrigation uses maintain year-round guidelines through the District’s water use permitting program. For more information about landscape irrigation measures or to learn more about the District, visit www.mysuwanneeriver.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter, search @SRWMD.                                                     ###

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Posted on: October 5, 2017

SRWMD October Governing Board Meeting

LIVE OAK, FLA., Oct. 5,, 2017 – On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will host a governing board meeting and workshop beginning at 9:00 a.m. at District headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 3206...

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

All District Lands Open After Hurricane Irma

All District lands have reopened following Hurricane Irma. Currently, Bay Creek and Roline tracts have walk-in access only. Additionally, many areas are still extremely wet with some roads experiencing minor flooding. Safety is of the upmost im...Read on...
Posted on: September 12, 2017

Near Record Flood Levels Forecasted For Santa Fe River

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 12, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and National Weather Service are forecasting near record water levels along the Santa Fe River. Water levels are expected to peak by September 14, 2017 as i...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2017

District Office Closed 9-12-17

The District office will be closed on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma. 

Posted on: September 8, 2017

District Offices Closed, Govering Board Meeting Rescheduled

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 8, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will close offices on Monday, September 11, 2017 in accordance with Governor Scott’s directive. Additionally, the governing board meeting and publi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

SRWMD Seeks Public Comments on Draft SWIM Plans

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 8, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is consolidating and revising its Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plans and welcomes comments on the draft Suwannee River Basin SWIM Plan and...Read on...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

District Offices Closed 09.08.17

In accordance with Governor Scott's directive to close state offices in preparation of Hurricane Irma, the District headquarters will be closed Friday, September 8, 2017 to allow employees time to prepare their homes and families for inclement weather. ...Read on...
Posted on: September 6, 2017

SRWMD District Lands Closed Due To Hurricane Irma

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 6, 2017 – Beginning September 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., all Suwannee River Water Management District (District) lands will be closed due to inclement weather from Hurricane Irma. Sites will remain closed until further notice. ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

SRWMD September Board Meeting Notice

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 06, 2017 – On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will host a governing board meeting and workshop beginning at 3:00 p.m. at District headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, F...Read on... View PDF
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Legislative Funding "Fights" For Florida's Springs

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 07, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will receive additional funding to fight for the future and sustainability of springs. Almost one-third of the state’s legislative funding for spri...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

District Celebrates August For National Water Quality Month

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 02, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) celebrates water conservation, protection, and cleanliness every month, but especially throughout the month of August, which is National Water Quality Month....Read on...
Posted on: August 1, 2017

SRWMD August Board Meeting Notice

LIVE OAK, FLA, Aug 01, 2017 – On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will host a governing board meeting and workshop beginning at 9:00 a.m. at District headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

District Donates 147 Acres To Dixie County School Board

LIVE OAK, FLA., July 21, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board approved a 147-acre land donation to the Dixie County School Board on July 13. The 147-acre tract is located near Dixie County High School an...Read on...

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

District Hydro Report June 2017

LIVE OAK, FLA., July 21, 2017 – The amount of rainfall for June 2017 across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) was recorded as 10.65”, the fifth highest historical District rainfall amount for June since 1932. June...Read on...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Proposed FEMA Flood Maps For Columbia County

LIVE OAK, FLA., July 19, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to update FEMA flood maps for Columbia County and aid residents in flood planning, preparedness...Read on...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

District Declares Water Shortage Warning For Several Counties

LIVE OAK, FLA., May 4, 2017 – Decreased rainfall amounts and declining hydrological conditions across North Florida has the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) declaring a water shortage warning for portions of the district to en...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

SRWMD Governing Board Meeting Notice

LIVE OAK, FLA, Apr. 28, 2017 – On Thursday and Friday, May 4-5, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will host a governing board meeting at Cedar Key Community Center, 809 6th Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625. The meeting is ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Wildfire Threat High - District Urges Caution

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 26, 2017 – Dry conditions throughout the area have the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) urging residents and visitors to District public lands to be cautious with fire in order to protect our natural resou...Read on...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

District ATV Trail Opening At Mallory Swamp May 1

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 24, 2017 – Visitors to Mallory Swamp in Lafayette County have something extra special to look forward to beginning May 1, 2017. The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is opening approximately 38 miles of all...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

District Celebrates Springs Awareness With Partners

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 7, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) celebrated the declaration of Springs Awareness for the month of April in Tallahassee this week. Under the leadership of Rep. Elizabeth Porter and Sen. Rob Br...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

APRIL SRWMD GOVERNING BOARD MEETING NOTICE

LIVE OAK, FLA, Apr. 6, 2017 – On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) meet at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. The meeting is to consider District busine...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Virginia Sanchez to the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Man

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Virginia Sanchez to the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District.   Sanchez, 54, of Old Town, is a co-owner of Sanchez Farms...Read on... View PDF
Posted on: March 16, 2017

District Partners With Local Group To Get Youth Outside

LIVE OAK, FLA., Mar. 16, 2017 – Local youth saw first-hand the importance of land conservation this month through a youth turkey hunt sponsored by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and Suwannee River Strutters in Live Oak, ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2017

Rainfall Dips in February, Importance of Conservation Everpresent

LIVE OAK, FLA, Mar. 14, 2017 – Rainfall across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) dipped in February following a strong start in January. In conjunction with water usage changes for daylight savings time, the District encour...Read on...

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Posted on: March 13, 2017

RO Ranch Equestrian Trail Open

LIVE OAK, FLA., Mar. 13, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has opened the Crossway Branch Trailhead on RO Ranch Tract for public equestrian use. The Crossway Branch Trailhead is located at 2128 SE CR 357 in Lafayette...Read on...

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Posted on: March 8, 2017

Time and Irrigation ‘Spring Forward’

LIVE OAK, FLA, Mar 8, 2017 – On, Sunday, March 12, 2017 the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will spring forward with daylight savings time. In addition to the time change, residents and businesses within the District are re...Read on... View PDF
Posted on: March 7, 2017

Prescribed Burn Planned For Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area Beginning This Week

LIVE OAK, FL, Mar. 7, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) will be conducting periodic prescribed burning operations in the Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Lafayette County beginning March 9, and extending thr...Read on...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

SRWMD Governing Board Meeting Notice

LIVE OAK, FLA, Mar. 7, 2017 – On Tuesday, March 11, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) meet at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. The meeting is to consider District busine...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2017

"Don't Take Groundwater For Granted"

LIVE OAK, FLA, Mar. 03, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is recognizing the importance of groundwater to our area in partnership with the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) for National Groundwater Awareness We...Read on...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

District Highlight Invasive Impacts For National Invasive Species Awareness Week

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 24, 2017 – 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...Read on...

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Partnership Joins People Together To Protect Water Quality In Suwannee and Santa Fe Rivers

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 22, 2017– The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and its partners are reinvigorating the Suwannee River Partnership (SRP, Partnership) program in 2017 to develop solutions for water resources in the Suwannee ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Local Partners Seek To Improve Water Quality Of Santa Fe River

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 16, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has successfully secured initial funding for a project that will significantly reduce pollutants and improve water quality to the Santa Fe River basin.&nb...Read on...

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Posted on: February 14, 2017

Higher Than Average Rainfall To Start The Year

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 14, 2017 – Rainfall across the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) was up 15% from the long-term average for January. January rainfall averaged 4.56” across the District, up from the average of 3.9...Read on... View PDF
Posted on: February 6, 2017

SRWMD February Governing Board Meeting Notice

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 6, 2017 – On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) meet at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. The meeting is to consider District bus...Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

‘Take a Hike' On District Lands For February Hiking Trails Month

LIVE OAK, FLA, Feb. 3, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is encouraging area residents and visitors to ‘take a hike’ on District and public lands throughout the month of February in honor of Flori...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

Health Officials Confirm Wastewater Contamination In The Withlacoochee And Suwannee Rivers

Madison, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton, Madison and Suwannee today issued a joint health advisory extending the previous advisory for the Withlacoochee River to include a portion of the Suwannee River. The health advisory i...Read on...

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Posted on: January 26, 2017

Good Fire Helps Prevent Wildfire On District Lands

LIVE OAK, FLA, Jan. 26, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is encouraging area residents to support prescribed fire during Florida’s Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, which runs from Jan. 22 through Jan 28. Th...Read on...

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Posted on: January 24, 2017

Water Restoration Projects Bountiful At Fanning Springs Showcase

LIVE OAK, FLA, Jan. 24, 2017 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) hosted the Fanning Springs Restoration Showcase at Fanning Springs State Park to promote the numerous water restoration projects occurring throughout the spri...Read on...

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Posted on: January 24, 2017

Health Officials Advise Of Possible Wastewater Contamination In The Withlacoochee River

Madison, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Hamilton and Madison counties today issued a joint health advisory to residents and visitors near the Withlacoochee River in north Florida. The city of Valdosta, Georgia has reported a large sp...Read on...

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Posted on: January 18, 2017

Suwannee River, St. Johns governing boards approve first-ever water supply plan for north Florida

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 17, 2017 — The governing boards of the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management districts on Jan. 17 jointly approved a 20-year plan to protect the sustainability of water supplies and identify potential future wat...Read on...

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Posted on: December 13, 2016

SRWMD Approves Nearly $700,000 For Additional Water Resource Projects

LIVE OAK, FLA, Dec. 13, 2016 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board approved almost $700,000 for water resource projects through the December round of Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources (RIVER)...Read on...

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

SRWMD Governing Board Meeting Notice

Live Oak, FLA, Dec 5, 2016 – On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the District Headquarters, 9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060. The mee...Read on...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

District Welcomes New Board Member

LIVE OAK, FLA, Dec 1, 2016 – Governor Rick Scott recently appointed a new board member to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board. Charles Keith of Lake City, FL begins his service as of November 6, 2016 and will ...

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Dairy Farmers Have Opportunity To Save And Protect Water With District Cost Share Program

LIVE OAK, FLA., Nov. 29, 2016 – Local dairy farmers will have an opportunity to save and protect water through the Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) dairy operations cost-share assistance program. Through the Depar...Read on... Additional Info...
Posted on: September 13, 2016

SRWMD Fiscal Year 2017-2016 budget public hearing, millage rate tax cut

LIVE OAK, FLA, September 13, 2016 - The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The District Governing Board adopted the Tentative Budget of

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Posted on: September 7, 2016

District lands closed for public use

LIVE OAK, FL September 7, 2016 – Due to flooding and unsafe conditions created by Hurricane Hermine several roads within Suwannee River Water Management District lands are closed.

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Posted on: August 25, 2016

Upper Suwannee River springs restoration completed

LIVE OAK, FLA, August 25, 2016 - The first large scale springs enhancement project in the Suwannee River Water District is complete. Funding from the Florida Legislature and Governor Rick Scott made this project possible. The Eagle Lake / Upper Suwannee

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

Governor Scott reappoints Quincey and Jones to SRWMD Board

LIVE OAK, FL, August 3, 2016 – Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Don Quincey Jr. and Gary Jones to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board.

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Posted on: May 26, 2016

MFLs set for Wacissa, Aucilla and Econfina rivers and associated springs

LIVE OAK, FL, MAY 26, 2016 - The Minimum Flows and Levels (MFLs) for the Aucilla, Wacissa and Econfina rivers and associated springs have been successfully set by the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and adopted as District rules.

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Posted on: March 9, 2016

February 2016 Hydrologic conditions across SRWMD

LIVE OAK, FLA, March 10, 2016 - Across the District, rainfall in February was 3.49 inches, which is about 90 percent of the long-term average February rainfall of 3.89 inches. All areas of the District received at least 2.25 inches of rain during February

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Senate confirms SRWMD board members, director

LIVE OAK, FLA, February 19, 2016 - The Florida Senate confirmed the Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director, Noah Valenstein, as well as governing board members Kevin Brown, Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams on Thursday, February

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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: 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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