District 17 Highlights
St. Johns Water Management District Accepting Cost-Share Project Applications
The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications beginning January 4th through February 18th for their Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Districtwide Cost-Share Program and their Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) program.
The Districtwide Cost-Share Program is open to any applicant with a project that benefits one of the four District core missions. Through this cost-share program, the District will fund up to 25% of construction costs for selected alternative water supply, water quality, flood protection and natural systems projects, and up to 50% for water conservation projects. The program will fund up to $3 million per project or per applicant.
The REDI program is for communities that are economically disadvantaged with an employment base dominated by traditional agriculture or resource-based industries and a population of 25,000 or less. REDI-designated communities within the St. Johns Water Management District are Baker, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and Okeechobee counties, and the communities of Astatula, Fellsmere, Hawthorne, Pierson and Umatilla.
An innovative project is one that uses emerging or proven technology in a unique way to provide alternative water supply quantities or to expand available quantities to offset groundwater withdrawal, or to improve the water resources of the District in support of the core missions.
The District will fund up to 50% of construction costs for selected REDI/Innovative projects. REDI communities can submit a waiver of matching funds, which allows for up to 100% reimbursement.
Staff anticipate recommending projects for board consideration at the April 2022 Governing Board meeting.
Project criteria, application instructions and additional information about the program are available on the District’s website.
Indian River County Health Department to Move Curative COVID-19 Testing Site to IRC Fairgrounds
To accommodate the influx of traffic and demand for COVID-19 testing, the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County, in partnership with the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners, moved its Curative COVID-19 drive-thru testing site from the Intergenerational (IG) Recreation Center to the Indian River County Fairgrounds, on Friday, January 7th, 2022.
The drive-thru testing site will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday at the new Fairgrounds site.
Those individuals requiring a COVID-19 test must enter the Fairgrounds from the 77th Street entrance and follow the assigned traffic pattern to obtain their test.
The tests are no cost to patients and appointments are strongly recommended. To schedule an appointment, visit cur.tv/verobeach. Individuals who would like to receive a COVID-19 test should bring a form of identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) and wear a facemask.
The Indian River County Fairgrounds is located at 7955 58th Avenue in Vero Beach.
Brevard County Seeks Volunteer For Save Our Indian River Lagoon Oversight Committee
The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners are seeking qualified applicants for a volunteer appointment to represent Real Estate expertise on the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee.
Applicants must commit to serving the public interest by:
- Demonstrating expertise and experience in the technology field.
- Providing stewardship of Lagoon Trust Funds.
- Having knowledge of the water quality issues and major sources of pollution affecting the lagoon.
- Participating in monthly meetings.
- Reviewing project proposals for reducing pollutants and improving water quality.
- Assessing project cost-effectiveness.
- Hearing questions, concerns, and ideas from the public to improve the plan.
To access the application, click here.
Email completed applications to Carol Gerundo, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department at Carol.Gerundo@brevardfl.gov by 5 p.m., February 1, 2022.