What is the 2020–2045 North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (NFRWSP)?
The NFRWSP constitutes an evaluation of how much water is needed in 2045 and whether the traditional sources of fresh groundwater can meet the future water demand while protecting the water resources and related natural systems, such as springs and wetlands. Where traditional sources are not adequate, the plan identifies project options for potential future water supply sources.
Is a water supply plan similar to a capital facilities plan?
No. Local governments and utilities maintain capital facility plans. Water supply plans focus on sustainability of resources. The plans point to or identify options for water resource development and water supply development projects.
How can stakeholders and the public be involved in the process?
Similar to the previous planning effort, the districts will conduct outreach meetings to local governments, environmental organizations, civic groups and other stakeholders, and plan to hold two public workshops. The draft plan will be released for public comment. This website will be kept up-to-date with information related to the 2020–2045 NFRWSP. Interested stakeholders are encouraged to send an email to the Partnership requesting to be notified when data or documents are posted or when meetings for the 2020–2045 NFRWSP are scheduled to occur.
Are users required to implement water supply project options?
No. Water users are not required to implement any of the options identified. However, users may offer alternative projects to mitigate impacts for new permits, or when requesting increases in allocations.
Will the water supply plan affect consumptive (water) use permits?
No. However, the plan contains strategies and conservation concepts that could be considered in future consumptive use permitting.
What years does the plan cover?
The planning period for the NFRWSP is from 2020 to 2045.
When will the next plan be prepared?
The next plan is expected to be completed in 2022.