North Florida Aquifer Replenishment Initiative is moving forward
A cooperative initiative by the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) and St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) is under way to enhance regional water levels by capturing significant quantities of water to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer at strategic locations.
The districts recently hired a contractor to develop four conceptual regional recharge projects to replenish the Upper Floridan aquifer. This study is one element of the larger aquifer replenishment initiative. Potential sources of recharge water include reclaimed water and surface water within both districts.
“Aquifer replenishment strategies in north Florida will provide important water resource benefits to help ensure sustainable water supplies for our communities,” said Ann B. Shortelle, Ph.D, Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.
The contractor has completed the first task that included summarizing the hydrogeologic data, examining potential sources of water to recharge the Upper Floridan aquifer and identifying water quality treatment requirements for the ranges of reclaimed water sources and surface water sources.
The study area generally consists of the northeastern portion of SRWMD and the northernmost counties in SJRWMD.
The next task will involve evaluating hydrologic and hydrogeologic data, developing aquifer recharge conceptual project designs and modeling the conceptual projects. The final task involves producing a feasibility report that includes cost estimates for each of the recharge project concepts and developing an implementation schedule.