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At the May 28 meeting, the Alliance Board of Directors heard presentations by Brian Taylor, JAXPORT CEO, and Eric Summa, Environmental Branch Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers.  Taylor focused on the economic benefits of the proposed deepening of the river from 40 to 47 feet from "mile zero" at the Atlantic Ocean west to "mile 13."  Additional jobs created by the project is estimated at 13,844.  The project return-on-investmnet calculates each $1 invested returns $14.80 to the economy.  Summa discussed the results of the Corps' environmental impact study.  The study focused on the dredging project's changes to the river's salinity and its impact on freshwater wetlands, submerged aquatic vegetation, fish, shrimp and groundwater; and monitoring and mitigation. 

Click here for the JAXPORT presentation

Click here for the US Army Corps of Engineers presentation



Nov. 2013 - The Central Florida Water Initiative report was created by a consortium of three water management districts, local and county governments in Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and southern Lake Counties plus utilities serving those areas.  The region's population is expected to grow from its current 2.7million to 4.1 million by 2035 and will need to find additional sources of water.  Potential solutions include surface water such as the St. Johns River and Ocklawa rivers. 

The St. Johns River Alliance board heard a presentation at its Nov. 22 meeting, click here to see it

Read the official report here

and other recent news articles and editorials       

Ocala Star Banner editorial            

Florida Times Union article 

Orlando Sentinel article                         

Gainesville Sun editorial                

Daytona Beach News Journal article on springs

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