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May 21, 2013

District Recognizes Water Reuse Week

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The District is observing Water Reuse Week as it’s essential to ensuring safe, clean and sustainable water resources. Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed Florida Water Reuse Week May 19-25 to highlight the importance of it to the sustainability of Florida’s water supply and ecosystem. The state began celebrating the week in 2007 after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Reuse Program as a national leader.

May 15, 2013

Experts Discuss Water Quality at Workshop

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Whether you were a scientist, diver or photographer, water quality was the hot topic at the recent Your Water, Your World workshop held in Brooksville. The event, organized by the Hernando County Groundwater Guardian Committee, brought together community leaders such as District Governing Board members Tommy Bronson and George Mann to discuss issues affecting area water quality and ways to restore and protect local water resources. Presenters from various disciplines discussed how their work is achieving that goal.

May 9, 2013

Volunteers Help Restore Bahia Beach

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Seventy people recently came out to Bahia Beach in Ruskin to help plant saltmarsh cord grass plugs. The event was organized by Tampa Bay Watch and Southwest Florida Water Management District. Volunteers planted approximately 20,000 saltmarsh plugs. The volunteer event was part of the District’s Bahia Beach Habitat Restoration Project lead by the Surface Water Improvement and Management team.

May 8, 2013

Clearwater Breaks Ground on Second Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

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The City of Clearwater is a step closer to producing almost all of its own water supply with the ground breaking of another reverse osmosis facility. District Governing Board member Todd Pressman joined city leaders this week at the ground breaking ceremony for the city’s second reverse osmosis water treatment plant. The new facility will treat up to 6.25 million gallons per day of brackish water using state-of-the-art technology to produce additional drinking water for Clearwater customers.

May 1, 2013

District Studies Greening Issue

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As citrus greening becomes an increasing problem across Florida, the District is working with growers that are exceeding their permitted water quantities due to the disease plaguing their groves. Citrus greening, formal name Huanglongbing, is a bacterial disease that causes trees to produce sour, deformed fruit. Citrus greening has spread to all of the state's 32 citrus-growing counties. University of Florida economists estimate the disease has caused $4.5 billion in economic damage and 8,200 lost jobs the state.

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