The Department of Environmental Protection last week celebrated efforts to assist in the Middle Suwannee River and Spring Restoration and Aquifer Recharge Project. The project is part of Governor Scott’s $37 million investment to protect and restore springs around the state. The $37 million resulted from the Department leveraging $10 million provided in its 2013/14 fiscal year budget.
This project will improve flow to local springs in addition to the Middle Suwannee River, which will enhance surface water storage and recharge the aquifer. Additionally, it will support groundwater supplies for domestic users and agricultural use in Dixie and Lafayette counties.
Activities for the project have already begun including collecting surface water data, identifying key hydraulic structures, assessing geologic and hydrogeologic conditions, locating proposed test wells and coordinating with local government.
The Suwannee River Water Management District hosted an event on Oct. 30 to announce the project. For more information on the event, please see the Suwannee River Water Management District’s news release. To view footage from the event, watch this video link.