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Herbicide Application on Little Lake Conway (NE Finger Canals), 5/22

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The Environmental Protection Division is performing an aquatic plant herbicide treatment on 5/22/20.

This treatment is part of an ongoing effort to manage algae in the canals.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS:
•  DO NOT USE FOR ANIMAL DRINKING SUPPLY FOR 1 DAY.
•  DO NOT USE FOR IRRIGATION WATER SUPPLY FOR 2 DAYS.

Please direct any questions to the Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

Herbicide Application on Lake Wauseon Bay, 5/21

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The Environmental Protection Division is performing an aquatic plant herbicide treatment on 5/21/20.

This treatment is part of an ongoing effort to manage Hydrilla in the lake.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS:
•  DO NOT USE FOR ANIMAL DRINKING SUPPLY FOR 1 DAY.
•  DO NOT USE FOR IRRIGATION WATER SUPPLY FOR 2 DAYS.

Please direct any questions to the Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

These restrictions only apply to the area indicated in red in the image below:

Lake Butler Map 2

Storm water, springs, water quality topics of upcoming SJRWMD webinars

PALATKA — The next topics in the St. Johns River Water Management District’s free educational webinar series include stormwater systems, Florida springs and the district’s core missions of water supply, water quality protection, natural systems and flood protection.

These free, half-hour educational webinars begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Registration is on the district’s website, www.sjrwmd.com.

  • May 21 — Stormwater: Ponds, Pollution and You will focus on how our stormwater systems are designed and function and on actions your community can take to manage stormwater systems to minimize impacts to water resources.
  • May 28 — Springs of Florida will provide an overview of Florida springs, including some historical facts about springs and information about their hydrology, water quality and biology. Guest presenter Rob Mattson has been involved in Florida springs protection for 25 years. As part of his district responsibilities, Mattson conducts annual surveys of the submerged aquatic vegetation in seven spring runs on the St. Johns River — but Juniper Creek is his favorite.

June’s weekly webinars will focus on the district’s core missions and will kick off June 4 with District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle discussing water supply.

Look for additional webinar topics in the future.

The webinar series is led by Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, who coordinates the district’s educational programs. For more information, contact Mitchell at jmitchell@sjrwmd.com.

Herbicide Application on Lake Butler, 5/20

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The Environmental Protection Division will be performing an aquatic plant herbicide treatment on 5/20/20.

This treatment is part of an ongoing effort to manage Hydrilla in the lake.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS:
•  DO NOT USE FOR ANIMAL DRINKING SUPPLY FOR 1 DAY.
•  DO NOT USE FOR IRRIGATION WATER SUPPLY FOR 5 DAYS.

Please direct any questions to the Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

These restrictions apply only to the areas indicated in red in the images below:

Lake Butler Map 1

Lake Butler Map 2

Herbicide Application on Lake Louise, 5/19

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On 5/19/20 the Environmental Protection Division will be performing an aquatic plant herbicide treatment as part of an ongoing effort to manage Hydrilla in the lake.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS:
•  DO NOT USE FOR ANIMAL DRINKING SUPPLY FOR 1 DAY.
•  DO NOT USE FOR IRRIGATION WATER SUPPLY FOR 2 DAYS.

Please direct any questions to the Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

These restrictions only apply to the areas outlined in red below:

Lake Louise Map

Herbicide Application on Lake Down, 5/19

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The Environmental Protection Division will be performing an aquatic plant herbicide treatment on 5/19/2020.

This treatment is part of an ongoing effort to manage Hydrilla in the following canal: Down Drive Canal.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS:
•  DO NOT USE FOR ANIMAL DRINKING SUPPLY FOR 1 DAY.
•  DO NOT USE FOR IRRIGATION WATER SUPPLY FOR 5 DAYS.

Please direct any questions to the Environmental Protection Division at 407-836-1400.

These restrictions only apply to the area indicated in red here below:

Lake Down Map

Bipartisan senators announce $19.5B water infrastructure proposal

Lawmakers on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee have announced two pieces of draft legislation that together would invest $19.5 billion into the country’s water infrastructure.

One draft bill, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA 2020) would aim to increase water storage, offer flooding protection and repair wastewater and irrigation systems among other measures.

The other, the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 aims to help communities meet their drinking water needs.

“The draft legislation will help ensure American-made goods are safely shipped from one state to another and that the water Americans are drinking is safe,” said Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in a statement.

He added that the bills, in addition to a highway bill that has already been introduced, would answer calls from President Trump for Congress to "pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation, once we are past the immediate health crisis."

Barrasso and top EPW Democrat Tom Carper (Del.) announced the legislation together in a statement, which said that the bills will build upon the committee’s bipartisan 2018 water infrastructure legislation.