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2023 North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan
The NFRWSP Planning Region includes 14 counties in the SJRWMD and the SRWMD: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, and Union. Beginning in 2020, the Districts worked with stakeholders to update to the 2017 North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (2015-2035) (NFRWSP), which was approved at a joint meeting of the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) governing boards in January 2017. This work was conducted to meet the requirements of Section 373.709 of the Florida Statutes, which requires the Districts to reevaluate their determinations concerning the need for a water supply plan at least every five years. The 2023 NFRWSP assesses current and projected water needs in the NFRWSP area, the potential impacts of groundwater withdrawals on natural systems, and identifies sufficient project options to sustain water resources and related natural systems through the planning horizon (2045). The 2023 NFRWSP (2020–2045) was developed through a collaborative process among the Districts, local governments, public supply utilities, environmental advocates, and other stakeholders.
As a result, the Districts determined fresh groundwater alone cannot supply the projected 135 million gallons per day (mgd) increase in groundwater demand during the planning horizon without causing unacceptable impacts to water resources. The 2023 NFRWSP identified the following solutions to meet the current and future water use needs of the region while ensuring the natural resources of the area are protected.
There is active work underway in the planning area to establish new MFLs and update existing MFLs. This work is being done in parallel with the planning process. Below is a summary of these activities and points of contact to engage with these efforts.
The Final 2023 NFRWSP and associated appendices, approved by the SJRWMD and SRWMD respective Governing Boards on December 12, 2023, are provided below:
Interested stakeholders are encouraged to sign up to be notified when data or documents are posted or when meetings related to the NFRWSP are scheduled to occur. To be added to the mailing list, please send your first and last names, group affiliation (if any), and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 North Florida Regional Water Supply Plan (2015-2035) was the first-ever regional water supply plan for the Partnership, local governments, public supply utilities, environmental advocates, and other stakeholders. These groups all shared the common goals of preserving and extending our future water supply.