News Flash

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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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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Posted on: March 16, 2020

District Response to COVID-19

March 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 Distri...

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Posted on: December 20, 2019

Water Resource Protection Continues on Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers

The Lower Santa Fe and Ichetucknee River MFL works to protect North Florida's world renowned rivers and springs such as the Ichetucknee River (shown above). 

LIVE OAK, FLA., Dec. 20, 2019 – Today, the Suwannee River Water Management Dist...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

District Partners with FEMA to Improve Flood Mapping in North-Central Florida

LIVE OAK, FLA., Dec. 11, 2019 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) held kick-off meetings on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Greenville and Jasper to update citizens and stakeholders about the effort to improve the Federal Eme...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Fall Back for Water Conservation

LIVE OAK, FL, Oct. 31, 2019 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) reminds residents to shift landscape watering to once per week beginning November 3, 2019. The fall watering schedule will remain in effect until Marc...

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Rainfall in September Sets a Record Low

LIVE OAK, FLA., Oct. 8, 2019 – Rainfall in September reached a record low of 0.92 inches on average throughout the District. The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) observed 15 raingages that received less than 0.5 inches through...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

District Governing Board Adopts Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget

LIVE OAK, FLA., Oct. 1, 2019 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 budget of $65,560,980 and millage rate of 0.3840. Approved on September 24, the annual budget supports ...

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Posted on: September 11, 2019

Governor Reappoints District Governing Board Members

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 11, 2019 –  On Sept. 11, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the reappointments of Charles Keith and Richard Schwab to the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board.

“We appreci...

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Notice of Continuation

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 10, 2019 – The Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) Tentative Millage and Budget Public Hearing held on September 10, 2019 was recessed and will continue on September 18, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. at the ...

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

September 10 Governing Board Meeting Rescheduled

LIVE OAK, FLA., Sept. 10, 2019 –  The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board meeting for September 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the District Headquarters has been rescheduled. The rescheduled meeting will be held on Septem...

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Posted on: August 30, 2019

Emergency Order Initiated for All Counties within the District

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 30, 2019 –  The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has issued Emergency Order No. 2019-02 on August 30, 2019 in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. The Emergency Order includes all 15 counties within ...

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

District Initiates Emergency Order in Preparation for Hurricane Dorian

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 29, 2019 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has issued an emergency order for Hurricane Dorian, which may begin to impact parts of the Suwannee Valley and northwest Florida as early as Monday morning.&...

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Posted on: August 28, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian May Cause Additional Flooding in North Florida

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 28, 2019 – Heavy rainfall is expected for north Florida as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches the area. The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) encourages residents and business owners to prepare for potential ...

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Posted on: August 23, 2019

Threatened Florida Pine Snake Found in North Florida

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 23, 2019 –  A Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus) was discovered at the Suwannee River Water Management District’s (District) recreational tract in the upper Suwannee Valley. The snake is c...

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Posted on: August 15, 2019

High Floridan Aquifer Levels Result in Record Flows at Manatee Springs

LIVE OAK, FLA., Aug. 13, 2019 – Floridan aquifer levels are now above the 90th percentile in parts of Levy, Alachua and Dixie counties. The high aquifer levels mean that spring flow has continued to be higher than usual at many north Florida spr...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

District Intern Juliana Navarro Monitors Mangrove Migration

Mangroves are shrub-like trees that grow in intracoastal waterways, often receiving water from both the ocean and fresh sources. Mangroves are very resilient, and can survive high salinity, low oxygen, thick mud and strong wave conditions. Their survival ...

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Posted on: May 23, 2019

J.H. Anderson Jr. Memorial Park Grand Opening May 31

LIVE OAK, FLA., May 14, 2019 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) are hosting a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the J.H. Anderson Jr., Memorial Park on Friday, May 31 at ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2019

North Florida Blooms with Color

LIVE OAK, FLA., May 8, 2019 – 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 opened...

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Posted on: April 15, 2019

A Little Water Conservation Can Go A Long Way

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 15, 2019 – Small changes in homes and businesses can make a large, collective impact on water conservation.  The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is celebrating April as Water Conservation Month t...

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

District Celebrates April as Springs Protection Awareness Month

Peacock Springs (shown above) is one of the state's Outstanding Florida Springs.

LIVE OAK, FLA., Apr. 1, 2019 – With over 300 documented springs, the Suwannee River basin is home to the largest concentration of freshwater springs of anywhere els...

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