The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board on Tuesday approved projects totaling more than $14 million for springs restoration in Northeast Florida.
The District Governing Board approved new projects equaling $10.8 million and $3.5 million in multi-year funding for previously approved projects. The funding is provided as part of the state’s Springs Grant Funding.
“We are thankful to Gov. DeSantis, our legislature, and the Department of Environmental Protection for their continued commitment to preserving the vital springs and water resources of Florida’s Springs Heartland,” said Hugh Thomas, District Executive Director. “These projects further demonstrate the intent of the District’s mission to protect our environmental assets and address the needs of our communities.”
The project development process is a collaborative effort with the department, water management districts, community leaders, and local stakeholders. Projects are selected based on improving water quality, increasing water flow, and protecting habitat at Florida’s iconic springs.
New projects for 2021-2022 Springs Funding include:
Two additional previously approved projects also received additional funding:
A complete list of the springs protection projects funded can be found here.
The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.
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