On behalf of our members and River citizens, St. Johns Riverkeeper is meeting with state leaders, attending virtual hearings, and submitting comments calling out errors within the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) 2020 Water Supply Plan that put our River at risk. If you have a moment during these unprecedented times, we ask that you join us to stand up for our beloved St. Johns.
Florida’s Water Management Districts (WMDs) have over-permitted Central Florida’s predominant source of water, the Floridan Aquifer. With the current pumping of approximately 659 million gallons of water a day (MGD) within CFWI’s 5-county area, there are signs of significant stress to the Floridan Aquifer, wetlands, and springs. However, permit allocations have been authorized for more than 1 billion gallons of water a day (1064 MGD) putting our springs, our River, and our drinking water at risk.
The CFWI, made up of the three Water Management Districts (the St. Johns, South Florida and Southwest Florida) has recently released its 2020 Water Supply Plan created to identify alternative sources of water to meet demand.
Unfortunately, this plan does not prioritize water conservation, does not incorporate sustainable growth practices and relies heavily on surface water withdrawals instead of proven, cost-effective conservation strategies.
St. Johns Riverkeeper has serious concerns that these proposed withdrawals would:
We continue to urge the CFWI to remove surface water withdrawal projects from the water supply plans and prioritize living within our water means with conservation and sustainable growth.
Contact the Water Management Districts today! Take action by submitting already crafted public comments below. Send the message as is or add your own comments.
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