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Nov. 20, 2015
Message from the Executive Director:
Pumps Are On and Restoring Historic St. Johns River Flows
District Executive Director Ann Shortelle was joined by Palm Bay Mayor William Capote (left) and Palm Bay Councilman Tres Holton at the Canal 1 event.
Last Friday, I had the privilege of being part of an event in Palm Bay to celebrate the completion of upgrades to the Sawgrass Lake Water Management Area pump stations. The pump stations are part of the district's Canal 1 Flow Restoration Project, which sends much of the historical stormwater flows back to their original destination, the St. Johns River.
I want to say thank you to team members who worked to make this project and event a success. It's important work like this that is making a positive difference in the communities we serve.
As we head into the holiday season I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you for welcoming me and my sometimes out-of-the-box ideas to the district. It's a true blessing to be surrounded by such intelligent, passionate individuals committed to moving the environment, and specifically our water resources, forward. Together we are going to accomplish great things!
District Installing New Homes for Rare Woodpeckers
District staff this week began inserting new man-made homes for endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers into 32 pine trees at Hal Scott Regional Preserve and Park in east Orange County. While other woodpeckers will bore out cavities in dead trees, the red-cockaded woodpecker is the only one to make its home in live trees, primarily mature longleaf pines.
District Hosts Operation Outdoor Freedom Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt at Sunnyhill Restoration Area
The district hosted a special opportunity deer hunt Nov. 17-19 for three combat wounded veterans that included guided deer hunts and camping as part of Operation Outdoor Freedom, a program of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and includes several partnering state agencies.
This Week in District Social Media
- The district celebrated with the city of Altamonte Springs Friday the completion of a project to redirect storm water for beneficial uses in the city of Apopka as reclaimed water, which also improves water quality in the Little Wekiva River.
- Three districts' boards approved the CFWI Regional Water Supply Plan.
- Your home or business can help you save water. Learn how with Florida Water Star. floridawaterstar.com.
- District staff helped host a STEM/Splash into Science Night at R.B. Hunt Elementary School in St. Augustine on Nov. 19.
- Like a Venus flytrap, the pitcher plant attracts and eats bugs. The wild varieties (Sarracenia) are protected on district lands by Florida and federal laws.
- District staff served as science fair judges at Bishop Middle School in Gainesville and Oak View Middle School in Newberry.