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Our multimedia section offers a variety of ways to learn about the District’s work: through photographs, informational videos, computer wallpaper and slide shows.
In the course of their work, District scientists and other environmental professionals study a host of water-related topics and prepare technical reports on their findings. See an overview of each report published by the District.
Eric Housend uses an acoustic velocity meter attached to a small catamaran that collects data and sends it wirelessly to a laptop.
Staff and technology tools help keep a watchful eye on Florida’s water
Millions of pieces of data provide the foundation for science-based decisions.
Mike Lattin and Eric Housend waste no time setting up their water monitoring equipment at Alexander Creek in the Ocala National Forest. This is one of several stops they’ll make as they check the pulses of springs and creeks throughout the region.
Lattin fires up a laptop computer on the shoreline while Housend, working from a kayak, stretches a rope across the width of the creek. Today, the usually crystalline water — whose source is Alexander Spring several miles away — is tea tinged from tannins caused by decaying vegetation.
Lattin and Housend are hydrologic data collection specialists with the St. Johns River Water Management District. The pair is part of a team within the District’s Bureau of Water Resource Information responsible for gathering and processing hydrologic data within the District’s 18-county region. The millions of bits of information collected by the bureau each year drives the agency’s decisions on water supply projects, protecting the health of surface water bodies and groundwater, managing flood control structures, and issuing consumptive use permits.
District staff operate and maintain more than 2,000 monitoring stations throughout northeast and east-central Florida, and they process data from approximately 350 additional sites collected by county and municipal agencies through mutual agreements or by the U.S. Geological Survey under contract to the District. More than 8 million measurements are collected, verified, processed and stored each year.