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Feb. 5, 2016

Message from the Executive Director:

Internships are valuable to students and the district

Executive Director Ann Shortelle works with district staffer Veronika Thiebach

Executive Director Ann Shortelle (right) works with district staffer Veronika Thiebach.

Like many public and private entities, the district has had a very successful internship program over the years. Staff have served as mentors to college students in all areas of the district’s work, from scientific investigations, to accounting and business practices, to land management activities and other areas.

The district recently advertised positions for our spring internship session, and managers are now considering applicants. We enjoy working with interns while they gain real-world experience and assist our staff in ongoing professional work. I also value the many friendships that we all build in the process.

Some of our interns have enjoyed their work here so much, that they have returned after completing their college degrees. Among those staff members are Matthew Badolato, Doug Voltolina, Chris Kinslow and Allison Mead.

I am proud of the work that each of you do to inspire the next generation of environmental public servants and for those of you who have returned to the district to help protect Florida’s water resources.

Be safe when visiting district lands

District lands are remote, scenic and wild places. When visiting, make sure you have insect repellant, drinking water, sunscreen and wear proper clothing.

District Governing Board to meet in Palm Bay

The district’s Governing Board is holding its monthly meeting off site Feb. 9 at the Palm Bay City Council Chambers. Agenda topics include the 2016 REDI Community and Innovative Projects Cost-Share Program and the Agricultural Cost-Share Program. On Feb. 8, the board will hold a workshop at the district’s Palm Bay Service Center, discussing the functions of the district’s inspector general and a resolution of the Central Florida Water Initiative.

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District recognized for excellence in customer service, collaboration and electronic permitting

Victor Castro receives the award during the Feb. 3 ceremony.

Victor Castro (right), director of the district’s Division of Regulatory Services, receives the award during the Feb. 3 ceremony.

For the second time in four years, the district’s permitting program has been recognized for excellence by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast in Brevard County, receiving the award during a Feb. 3 ceremony.

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Online database helps homeowners plan for upcoming planting season

With the start of springtime gardening just around the corner, the district’s dynamic Web-based waterwise plant database can help landscapers and do-it-yourselfers research the right plants for their yards’ specific growing conditions.

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Portion of Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area closes for improvement projects

Needed improvement projects are coming to one of the district’s most visited properties, the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area in Lake County. The wildlife drive there will be closed during 2016, but wildlife viewing opportunities are available at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.

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District hosts Splash Night at Middleton-Burney Elementary in Crescent City

The district is holding a Splash into Science Night on Feb. 11 for students, parents and teachers at Middleton-Burney Elementary School in Crescent City. The event uses interactive activities to teach students about water supply and natural systems with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math learning.

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District conducted several prescribed fires this week

The district conducted controlled burns this week at Thomas Creek Conservation Area in Duval County, Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area in Alachua County, Lake George Conservation Area in Putnam and Volusia counties, and Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in Orange County. The fires were conducted for ecological benefits.

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This week in district social media

If you aren’t following the district on Twitter or Facebook, here are some of the things you may have missed this week....

  • Thanks to visitors from New York who sent us a photo of an eagle nesting at the district’s Moses Creek Conservation Area.
  • Also, thanks to district staffer Steven R. Miller for sending the photo of district staff member Graham Williams taking part in an aerial ignition for a prescribed fire.
  • #WildlifeWednesday this week shows a pair of hooded mergansers at the district headquarters.
  • There was a strong turnout for Florida Water Star Accredited Professional training in Gainesville this week.
  • Monday was #WorldWetlandsDay. Did you know more than 70,000 acres of wetlands have been restored in the Upper St. Johns River Basin?

Water conservation tip

Watch your garden hose. Left unattended, it can pour out 8 to 12 gallons each minute. That’s 480 gallons of water or more in an hour.

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