St. Johns River Restoration Strategy May 2003 Prepared by the St. Johns River Restoration Working Group St. Johns River Restoration Strategy Prepared by the St. Johns River Restoration Working Group May 2003 For additional copies of this report, contact one of the following: Teresa Monson Brad Thoburn Jodi Conway St. Johns River Water Mayor’s Office Florida Department of Management District City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection 7775 Baymeadows Way 117 W. Duval, Suite 400 7825 Baymeadows Way Suite 102 Jacksonville, FL 32202 Suite B200 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904) 630-2851 Jacksonville, FL 32256 (904) 730-6258 BThoburn@coj.net (904) 807-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org Jodi.Conway@dep.state.fl.us St. Johns River Restoration Working Group Membe rs Hon. John A. Delaney, Chairman Clay Henderson, Esq. City of Jacksonville Holland and Knight Consulting Neil Armingeon Anne Keller St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc. U.S. EPA, Region 4 Hon. Sue Carlson Don Loop Brevard County Stewards of the St. Johns Roger Chubin Hon. Kenneth Macht IFF Chemical Holdings, Inc. Indian River County Hon. Jim Darby Hon. Grant Maloy Flagler County Seminole County Hon. Christy Fitzgerald Hon. Patricia Northey Clay County Volusia County Vivian Garfein Hon. Karen Stern Florida Department of Environmental St. Johns County Protection, Central District Hon. Linda Stewart Kirby Green Orange County St. Johns River Water Management District Mario L. Taylor Florida Department of Environmental Hon. Catherine Hanson Protection, Northeast District Lake County Andy Tucker Hon. Nancy Harris G.A. Tucker and Sons Putnam County Leroy Wright S.A.V.E. the St. Johns River Technical Advisers Russell Brodie Col. James G. May Florida Fish and Wildlife U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conservation Commission Brian Teeple Sandra Glenn Northeast Florida Regional Planning East Central Florida Regional Council Planning Council i Working Group Staff Sharon Ashton, City of Jacksonville Linda Burnette, St. Johns River Water Management District Tiffany Busby, Independent Consultant Alfred Canepa, St. Johns River Water Management District Jodi Conway, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Casey Fitzgerald, St. Johns River Water Management District Jill Johnson, City of Jacksonville Jim Maher, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Kraig McLane, St. Johns River Water Management District Jeremy RiCharde, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Brad Thoburn, City of Jacksonville Special pro bono legal assistance provided by Clay Henderson, Holland and Knight. Document prepared by Tiffany Busby, Independent Consultant. ii CONTENTS INTRODUCTION .............................................................................................................1 MISSION STATEMENT ...................................................................................................2 BACKGROUND ................................................................................................................2 SCHEDULE ........................................................................................................................3 DESCRIPTION OF THE ST. JOHNS RIVER BASIN....................................................4 ST. JOHNS RIVER ALLIANCE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE ..............................7 Committee Structure.............................................................................................7 Membership and Committee Roles ....................................................................7 RESTORATION GOAL ..................................................................................................10 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION TARGETS AND PROPOSED PROJECT SUMMARIES .............................................................................................................10 Water Quality ......................................................................................................11 Water Supply .......................................................................................................15 Restoration Tools and Investigations ...............................................................16 ACCESS/RECREATION/EDUCATION/PUBLIC OUTREACH/CULTURAL AND HERITAGE TARGETS AND PROPOSED PROJECT SUMMARIES ......17 Access and Recreation ........................................................................................18 Education/Public Outreach/Cultural and Heritage .....................................19 ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF SUPPORT ............................................................20 APPENDIX A. Ecological Restoration Projects Submitted in March and April 2003 APPENDIX B. Education, Outreach, Cultural, and Heritage Projects Submitted in March and April 2003 APPENDIX C. American Heritage Rivers Initiative Priority Projects APPENDIX D. Draft Memorandum of Understanding iii OFFICE OF THE MAYOR JOHN A. DELANEY CITY HALL SUITE 400 MAYOR 117 W. DUVAL STREET JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202 Dear River Stakeholder: The following recommendations of the St. Johns River Restoration Working Group are the result of several months of hard work by a group of dedicated citizens, county commissioners from all counties along the river, the St. Johns River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Jacksonville. The Working Group recommendations provide the foundation for long-term comprehensive restoration of the St. Johns River. In January, thousands of people from all parts of the river convened in Jacksonville for the 2003 River Summit. Following the River Summit, the Working Group was convened to use the Summit Proceedings as a roadmap for restoration. The Working Group developed goals, preliminary project lists and a management structure for the long-term oversight of the restoration strategy. You will notice that the concept of river restoration as defined by the Working Group includes cultural, historical, recreational and educational components. While these may not be traditional ―restoration‖ elements, the Working Group agreed that they are essential to building a long-term constituency to support a healthy river. The recommendations will be forwarded to the American Heritage River Steering Committee for review and approval. Further, County Commissions along the river will be asked to review the proposed management structure and agree to sign the Memorandum of Understanding to join as a partner in the St. Johns River Alliance. Thank you for your interest in the St. Johns River. The river is the heart and soul of our region and its health is vital to the future of our area. I hope you will continue to join me and countless others to further the goals and objectives set forth in these recommendations. Sincerely, John A. Delaney I. iv I. Introduction Restoration activities needed in the St. Johns River watershed include ecosystem restoration, cultural and heritage projects, enviro nmental education, access, and recreation. In light of the many ongoing local efforts, the American Heritage Rivers endeavors, and overwhelming public support at the 2003 River Summit to restore the St. Johns River, the St. Johns River Restoration Working Group was formed to develop a comprehensive restoration strategy, building on these previous efforts and committees. The St. Johns River Restoration Working Group was given three primary directives: (1) to develop restoration goal(s) for the St. Johns River, (2) to create a list of projects that are needed to restore the river to the maximum level, and (3) to define a management structure for restoration efforts that will effectively oversee and implement restoration projects and planning for the long term. These efforts were conducted over a 60-day time period, ending in May 2003. This report summarizes the Working Group’s efforts and constitutes the restoration strategy. The mission of the St. Johns River Restoration Working Group and the soon-to-be- formed nonprofit organization titled the St. Johns River Alliance is ―to promote, preserve, protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, recreational, and cultural significance, so that the public may gain a greater appreciation and understanding for its importance to the quality of life of current and future generations.‖ Over a six- week period, the entire river community, including the general public, universities, agencies, and schools, was asked to submit ideas for restoration projects and education programs for the St. Johns River. More than 290 projects costing $2.4 billion were identified. Additional efforts, including upper basin land acquisition, stormwater management upgrades, additional sediment treatment and remediation, and nonpoint source land acquisition, have also been identified. The total identified costs for St. Johns River restoration are estimated at $4.6 billion. This cost estimate does not include the many recommended projects the costs of which were still undefined or unknown. Projects were organized into the following categories: water quality; water supply; restoration tools and investigations; access and recreation; and education, outreach, cultural, and heritage efforts. A management structure has been proposed for the long-term oversight of planning and implementation efforts. The structure is composed of a technical committee and a citizens advisory committee for each of the three basins, as well as a planning and management committee and a board of directors. This structure is based upon examples of successful projects in other watersheds, as well as from input from the 2003 River Summit and the existing committees within the St. Johns River Basin. This management strategy provides the basic framework to kick-start restoration efforts and a permanent management framework for restoration activities such as setting annual -1- funding priorities, developing a comprehensive management plan, organizing legislative initiatives, and seeking public input on important environmental issues. II. Mission Statement The St. Johns River Alliance will be a private, nonprofit organization which seeks to promote, preserve, protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, recreational, and cultural significance, so that the public may gain a greater appreciation a nd understanding of its importance to the quality of life of current and future generations. III. Background With the designation of the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River in 1998, communities and groups along its entire length became formally enga ged in river-related projects. The American Heritage Rivers Initiative (AHRI) Steering Committee was composed of elected officials, environmentalists, agency representatives, and community and business leaders from the entire watershed. A river navigator, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored staff person, supported the Steering Committee’s efforts. The AHRI mission was to ―recognize and celebrate the importance of the St. Johns River and to unite local, federal, state, and community partners in the entire St. Johns River Basin to implement vital historic, cultural, environmental, recreational, and economic initiatives.‖ The three focus areas of the AHRI effort are environmental protection, cultural/heritage preservation, and economic development Citizen advisory committees were established in each major river basin — upper, middle, and lower — establishing a truly grassroots effort. A large list of projects was developed via a series of basin meetings, with the expectation that the projects would be completed by the combined efforts of cities, counties, the St. Johns River Water Management District (District), and state and federal agencies. Additional committees supported the Eco-Heritage Corridor, Riverfest, and trails efforts that grew out of community interests. The AHRI, along with the 2003 River Summit, set the stage for development of the St. Johns River Alliance, which integrates preceding efforts into a river restoration program that will enhance the river’s environmental quality and impro ve the quality of life throughout the river’s more than 8,000-square- mile watershed. Water quality and hydrology restoration activities have long histories in the upper, middle, and lower basins that preceded the American Heritage River designation. Many efforts were funded and performed by local governments, which have a variety of boards, committees, and advisory councils that guide their efforts. Additionally, there have been a number of basinwide committees and efforts, some of which are long-standing, while others were formed for a specific project or purpose and dissolved once their objective was complete. In the upper basin, there existed a broad-based appointed advisory committee to the District to redesign the ―Upper Basin Project.‖ This project c hanged the hydrology and -2- management of the upper basin to substantially improve the environmental quality of the upper basin while maintaining flood control. Although there is no current formal management structure in the upper basin, there is a Southern Region Recreation Advisory Council that advises the District on issues related to public access and recreation opportunities on District-owned lands in this region. In the middle basin, there is a series of working groups that advise the District on basin- specific issues. Working groups are active for the following subbasins within the middle basin: the Little Wekiva, Wekiva, and Econlockhatchee rivers. There is also a long- standing group called Friends of Lake Jesup that provides input on water quality and habitat restoration efforts for Lake Jesup. An ad hoc group of local governments and agencies was formed to provide input into the Middle Basin Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plan. The middle basin is part of the area included in the Central Region Recreation Advisory Council that advises the District about recreation and access issues on District-owned property. The lower basin has the most formal existing management structure in the St. Johns River watershed. There have been four primary standing committees associated with water quality issues on the lower St. Johns River. These committees include (1) a Technical Advisory Committee, (2) a Planning Committee, (3) a Communications Committee, and (4) an Executive Committee. There is also a standing Biological Monitoring Subcommittee, which reports to the Technical Advisory Committee. Some of these committees have been in place since the SWIM Program was initiated in the 1980s, but their roles, membership, and activity levels have varied over time. Additionally, there is a total maximum daily load (TMDL) stakeholders group as well as a TMDL Executive Committee, both established in 2002, that meet to discuss select issues and events pertaining directly to the TMDL process. The TMDL groups, beca use of their regulatory nature, will continue to have their own autonomous management structure. The Northern Region Recreation Advisory Council advises the District on recreational and access issues on District-owned lands in the region, including the lower basin. IV. Schedule The St. Johns River Alliance will be formed immediately following the final Working Group meeting, and paperwork will be filed to create a 501(c)(3) organization. Annually, a project priority list will be developed to assist funding efforts and a legislative strategy will be developed. The priority list should include the full extent of restoration activities, including ecosystem restoration, cultural and heritage projects, environmental education, and access and recreation projects. This priority list, or an appropriate subset, will be submitted to the local, regional, state, federal, and private funding organizations. Additionally, annual reports such as a ―River Report Card‖ will be available to the general public about the status of restoration projects and advancement towards the restoration targets. Further, a detailed restoration plan will be developed by July 2004 by the St. Johns River Alliance. The restoration plan will outline specific, quantifiable targets or objectives for river restoration as well as further refining the projects, costs, and responsibilities for achieving the mission. Both the St. Johns River strategy and the -3- detailed restoration plan will be reviewed and updated every five years to ensure that implementation efforts are both aggressive and appropriate to achieve river restoration and protection. V. Description of the St. Johns River Basin The St. Johns River is 310 miles long and flows north, entering the Atlantic Ocean at Mayport, east of Jacksonville, Florida. A map of the St. Johns River Basin is provided at the end of this section. The St. Johns River is a slow- moving river with tidal effects that extend inland as far as Lake George, about 106 miles upstream. The river is commonly described as having three major basins: the upper, middle, and lower. The upper basin extends nearly 80 miles from the headwaters of the St. Johns River in Indian River and Okeechobee counties to the southern end of Lake Harney in Volusia County. There are two potable water sources in this basin, Lake Washington and Taylor Creek. Most of the basin is rural, with the population concentrated near the Indian River Lagoon Basin on the Atlantic coast. The area is best known for its agricultural production, especially cattle and citrus. The middle basin of the St. Johns River extends from the Econlockhatchee (Econ) River in Osceola, Orange, and Seminole counties, northward into Lake and Volusia counties. The basin is approximately 1,200 square miles in size. It contains the second largest tributary to the St. Johns River, the Econ; the spring- fed Wekiva River, an Outstanding Florida Water and Aquatic Preserve; Lakes Harney and Monroe, which are formed by a broadening of the St. Johns River; and Lake Jesup, one of the most polluted lakes directly connected to the St. Johns. Lake George, which is part of the middle basin, is the second largest lake in Florida and is home to the second largest population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Blue Spring, in Volusia County, is a first- magnitude natural spring contributing an average of 100 million gallons per day to the St. Johns River. Blue Spring is the largest inland warm-water refuge in Florida for wintering manatees. The middle basin also encompasses a major black bear habitat corridor to the Ocala National Forest. There are separate activities that address issues in the Ocklawaha Basin, which is the largest tributary to the St. Johns River. The lower basin extends from the confluence of the St. Johns and Ocklawaha rivers near Welaka, north to the mouth of the St. Johns River at Mayport. The lower basin stretch of the river is also referred to as the St. Johns Estuary, a name indicating its importance as a breeding and feeding area of a large variety of fish and wildlife. The lower basin is approximately 2,750 square miles in size and includes all or portions of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval, and Volusia counties. 1 1 Source of basin information: E.A. Fernald and E.D. Purdu m, Water Resources Atlas of Florida, 1998, Institute of Science and Public Affairs, Florida State Un iversity, Tallahassee; St. Johns River Water Management District, District Water Management Plan, 2000, Palatka, Florida. -4- A Brief Cultural and Natural History of the St. Johns River, by Bill Belleville The St. Johns River has a colorful cultural history dating back at least 9,000 years. Archaeologists are still uncovering Native American secrets along its banks, including a wooden owl totem at Hontoon Island and 20- foot high midden mounds like Mount Royal, which featured temples and ball courts. French artist Jacque Le Moyne provided some of the very first sketches of La Florida from the banks of the river in 1562 — 50 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Later, naturalists John and William Bartram and John James Audubon depicted its rare bounties for the rest of the world. In the steamboat era, this "Nile of the Americas" was a major transportation route for tourists, adventurers, and settlers and a playground for the wealthy like Frederick DeBary and Henry Sanford. The river has inspired poems by Sidney Lanier, essays by Harriet Beecher Stowe, classical music compositions by Frederick Delius, and landscape paintings by Winslow Homer. In the early 20th century, Pulitzer Prize- winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote of the river and its tributary the Ocklawaha, helping define a distinct sense of place in the Florida Cracker landscape. The St. Johns River is blessed with a natural history every bit as extraordinary. Subtropic and warm temperate zones meet on the river, causing biodiversity to soar. Some 174 species of birds, from roseate spoonbills in the upper river to swallowtail kites in the middle river, visit or nest here. It was on this ―river of lakes‖ that William Bartram first ―discovered‖ where northern birds migrate in the winter. Prehistoric seawater seeps up through springs and river bottoms far upstream, nurturing over 180 species of freshwater and saltwater fish. Springs on the river also provide valuable refuge for the endangered West Indian manatees, which travel here seasonally. Scores of species found nowhere else in the world were discovered and are still being sought inside caves feeding the springs and in the spring runs. -5- Map 1. St. Johns River Watershed -6- VI. St. Johns River Alliance Management Structure A. COMMITTEE S TRUCTURE The following standing committees shall comprise the management structure for the St. Johns River Alliance: St. Johns River Alliance Management Structure Diagram Board of Directors Planning & Management Committee Upper Basin Middle Basin Lower Basin Upper Basin Middle Basin Lower Basin Technical Technical Technical Citizen Citizen Citizen Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory Committee Committee Committee Committee Committee Committee The Board of Directors has the authority to create special task forces or subcommittees for specific purposes. The existing special task forces, such as the Trails, Riverfest, and Eco-Heritage Corridor Task Forces, are considered ad hoc subcommittees to the Board of Directors. All committees have the option to create subcommittees. The basin-specific technical or citizen advisory committees are also encouraged to meet periodically with the other basin committees, especially in cases where common technical or outreach programs are being discussed. All committees have an appointed chair or co-chairs, as defined in their bylaws. All standing committees also have bylaws that define how chairs are elected and their terms, and committee procedures. It is recommended that each committee have designated liaisons to the other standing committees to promote intercommittee communications and coordination. B. M EMBERSHIP AND COMMITTEE ROLES 1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Board of Directors is composed of the following 25 individuals: A representative appointed by the Mayor of Jacksonville. A representative appointed by the county commission or council of each of the following counties: Clay, St. Johns, Putnam, Lake, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Indian River (these members may be elected officials, county staff, or private citizens). A representative appointed by each of the chairs of the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. -7- A representative appointed by each district director for the Northeast Florida and Central Florida districts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Nine citizens appointed by the Board of Directors, being equally divided between the upper, middle, and lower basins of the St. Johns River. The citizens shall be dedicated to support the mission of the organization and generally represent conservation, education, science, and business interests relating to the St. Johns River. a. Board of Directors’ Roles Manage the 501(c)(3) organization called the St. Jo hns River Alliance. Serve as a clearinghouse among public agencies to foster intergovernmental coordination relating to issues affecting the St. Johns River. Provide education to the general public on issues of concern relating to the St. Johns River. Promote public policy development and strategies for restoration and conservation efforts relating to the river. Promote scientific research as a basis for establishing public policy. Review ordinances and statutes and recommend changes. Adopt goals for the St. Johns River restoration. Set commitments to implement plans and projects. Engage the political leadership. Approve and oversee implementation of the St. Johns River Restoration Plan. Make funding recommendations and approve recommendations. Seek new funding options/sources. Ensure that results and recommendations are enforceable. Organize regular ―river summits.‖ 2. PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE The Planning and Management Committee shall be composed of the following 10 individuals: Chair of the Upper Basin Technical Advisory Committee Chair of the Middle Basin Technical Advisory Committee Chair of the Lower Basin Technical Advisory Committee The River Navigator, as federal liaison and representing the citizen advisory committees A staff member from the St. Johns River Water Management District A staff member from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Central District Office A staff member from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Northeast District Office A staff person appointed by the chair of the Board of Directors A representative appointed by the Office of Greenways and Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection A representative appointed by the Florida Department of State -8- a. Planning and Manage ment Committee Roles Review commitments to implement plans and projects. Review ordinances and statutes and recommend changes. Recommend and develop goals. Undertake planning efforts. Oversee implementation. Make funding recommendations. Promote collaboration for funding, projects, etc. Provide continuity for restoration efforts. Prepare a draft St. Johns River Restoration Plan for the Board of Directors’ review and approval. Provide public education (what has been done and what needs to be done) Provide public information. Provide intercommittee communications. The primary role of the Planning and Management Committee is to organize and synthesize information and issues from the technical and citizen advisory committees for the Board of Directors. All substantive issues and information should be brought forward to the Board of Directors for full consideration and discussion. 3. CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEES’ M EMBERSHIP The memberships of the upper, middle, and lower basins citizen advisory committees are composed of volunteer stakeholders and citizens who have interests and/or concerns with river restoration and education efforts. The members may include local government officials; representatives from the environmental community, business community, tourism community, and agricultural community; representatives of recreational interests and historic/cultural interests; and citizens from the respective areas. The Board of Directors will appoint the chairperson of each citizen advisory committee and the Board will establish the citizen advisory committee bylaws. The citizen advisory committees will set meeting schedules and advertise the meetings in local newspapers. Meetings will be open to the public, and minutes of meetings will be kept and made available to the public. The citizen advisory committees will make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Membership will be open to all interested persons to the maximum extent possible, for any citizens interested in participating. Individual committees may outline minimum participation requirements before an individual can become a voting member. Any voting restrictions are outlined in the committee bylaws. The River Navigator will have the primary responsibility for providing staff support for the citizen advisory committees. a. Uppe r, Middle, and Lowe r Basin Citizen Advisory Committee Roles Review and recommend policies. Inform the Alliance regarding important public issues and perceptions. Participate in forming policies. Identify partners for participation in the Alliance. Build citizen input into the infrastructure of the organization. -9- The River Navigator should be assigned as a liaison between the citizen advisory committees and the Planning and Management Committee. 4. TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEES The memberships of the upper, middle, and lower basins technical advisory committees are composed of individuals with technical expertise who have interest in learning or exchanging technical or scientific information about the St. Johns River. Members may be from the public or private sectors and may be from academic, governmental, private, or consulting organizations. The Board of Directors will appoint the chair of each technical advisory committee and will establish the committee bylaws. Membership will be open to all persons interested in the technical aspects of river restoration and education efforts, although the individual committees may require certain criteria to be met before an individual can become a voting member. Any voting restrictions are outlined in the committee bylaws. The St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will have the primary responsibility for providing staff support for the technical advisory committees. a. Uppe r, Middle, and Lowe r Basin Technical Advisory Committee Roles Develop and recommend goals. Coordinate the technical restoration aspects. Make funding recommendations. Identify public health concerns. Identify, study, and understand technical and scientific issues and implement projects and programs that address those issues. 5. SPECIAL TASK FORCES The Board of Directors has the authority to create special task forces to plan events or efforts beyond the committee roles defined herein. Each committee has the a uthority to create ad hoc or standing subcommittees for specific efforts or purposes within their defined roles. VII. Restoration Goal The restoration goal is the following: ―To restore the environmental health of the St. Johns River such that it meets or exceeds state water quality standards and results in significant ecological, recreational, historical, cultural, and economic improvements.‖ VIII. Ecological Restoration Targets and Proposed Project Summaries The Working Group asked the St. Johns River community at-large to suggest ecological restoration projects that are needed to meet several restoration targets. This effort was designed to be the start of an ongoing process to identify restoration projects. The targets were selected by the Working Group to represent the highest level of river restoration, -10- despite cost considerations. Local governments, agencies, schools, and the general public were asked to submit projects that would help meet those targets. Participants were asked to fill out an on- line questionnaire that described the project, its purpose, its cost, its benefits, and other information. This effort was undertaken for a short, focused time period of approximately six weeks. The projects summarized below are not necessarily all the projects that will be needed to restore the river to the target conditions. However, the submitted projects do provide a better understanding of the amount and scale of projects that are ready to be performed if funding and support were to become immediately available. It is envisioned that the St. Johns River Alliance will use this list of projects as a starting point to develop an annual project priority list and a legislative strategy, as well as a tool to further refine needed restoration efforts. A. WATER Q UALITY 1. POINT SOURCES Eighteen projects were submitted to address point sources of pollution. The types of projects included: 1. Increasing the treatment capacity and efficiency of existing treatment plants 2. Creating new treatment plants to treat storm water and/or co nnect septic systems 3. Constructing and maintaining collection and distribution systems 4. Providing research of new treatment options 5. Removing discharges from the river None of the projects were specifically proposed in the upper basin, 17 percent were in t he middle basin, 72 percent were in the lower basin, and 11 percent were basinwide. Ten organizations, including local governments, state agencies, and utilities, submitted point source projects. Local governments submitted 14 out of the 18 projects. The estimated cost for the point source projects totaled almost $1.5 billion. Over $1.3 billion of this was a cost associated with removing all discharges from the river. Every project entered had a cost estimate associated with it. Local partners already have commitments for $9 million of the total costs. Approximately $1.5 billion in funding is needed to complete the point source restoration projects. Sections a through c below provide additional detail about specific point source categories, targets, and projects needed to achieve those targets. a. Sewage Treatment i. Target: Achieve 100 percent removal of sewage treatment discharges to the St. Johns River by increasing treatment to biological nutrient reduction (BNR), by advanced wastewater treatment (AWT), and/or by zero discharge. ii. Summary of Projects The sewage treatment projects are aimed at improving the quality of sanitary wastewater. These projects included improvements to the reliability and treatment level of existing plants, the creation of new treatment plants to allow more areas to connect to sanitary -11- sewers, and new-technology experiments at existing plants. Most of the point source projects submitted for this restoration effort fell under the sewage treatment categor y. b. Industrial Treatment i. Target: Where technically feasible, achieve zero discharge of non-thermal industrial discharges to the St. Johns River. ii. Summary of Projects Industrial treatment projects include all projects directed at industrial discharges to the river. The lone project in this category addresses the removal of discharges from all major industrial facilities that currently have point source discharges. Of the 12 industrial facilities that have point source discharges, five would require active relocation of the discharge. This project describes the costs to relocate all five of those discharges. The remaining seven facilities are not discharging or have secured funding to remove their discharges. Thermal loads from power plants were not deemed feasible for relocation. c. Collection Systems and Maintenance i. Target: Reduce incidents of sanitary sewer overflows and improve response to collection system failures such that no sanitary sewer overflows reach the river or its tributaries. Reduce the incidence of collection system leakage and infiltration from groundwater such that the surficial aquifer is removed as a vector of pollutant load to the river and its tributaries. ii. Summary of Projects The collection systems and maintenance projects include all projects relating to the systems used for the collection of wastewater and distribution of reuse. The projects in this category involved improvement of existing systems and creation of new systems to provide additional transmission, and collection capabilities. This section, collection systems and maintenance, contained the second highest number of projects to address point sources. 2. N ONPOINT SOURCES Fifty-six projects were submitted to address nonpoint sources of pollution. The types of projects included: 1. Urban stormwater treatment (retrofits) 2. Urban stormwater master planning 3. Rural (agricultural) stormwater treatment (retrofits) 4. Septic tank remediation (retrofits) 5. Sediment stabilization in urban and rural areas Fifty-two percent of the projects were proposed in the lower basin, 28 percent in the middle basin, and 20 percent in the upper basin. Seventeen organizations, including local governments, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations, submitted nonpoint source projects. Nonprofit organizations submitted -12- four out of the 56 projects. The estimated cost for the 56 nonpoint source projects totaled $522 million. However, the $522 million estimate does not include four projects the costs of which are still unknown. Local partners already have commitments for $56 million of the total costs. Sections a through d below describe specific types of nonpoint source pollution, their restoration targets, and the projects submitted to reach those targets. a. Urban Storm Wate r i. Target: All urban areas (100 percent) will have an appropriate stormwater master plan. Achieve 100 percent retrofitting of urban areas without stormwater management, including sediment stabilization. Achieve 100 percent enforcement and compliance of regulations. Achieve 100 percent compliance with nonpoint source discharge elimination system standards. ii. Summary of Projects These projects comprised the largest component among the nonpoint source projects and were located predominantly in the lower basin and to a lesser degree in the middle and upper basins. Experience and an understanding of urban stormwater retrofit costs leads us to conclude that a significant amount — in the range of $1 billion worth of projects — were not included in the database. b. Rural Storm Water i. Target: Achieve 100 percent implementation of best management practices (BMPs). Achieve 100 percent treatment of storm water. ii. Summary of Projects Projects are concentrated in the larger agricultural areas located in the tri-county (St. Johns, Flagler, and Putnam counties) agricultural area of the lower basin and in the predominantly citrus and cattle areas in the upper basin. c. Septic Tank Remediation i. Target: Complete septic tank remediation in those areas near water bodies where bacteria contamination is an issue. ii. Summary of Projects Project locations for septic tank remediation were scattered throughout the watershed, and significant efforts and costs are not included in the current database. d. Land Acquisition for Nonpoint Sources i. Target: Acquire land to support nonpoint source pollution elimination. ii. Summary of Projects Costs to acquire land were submitted in the range of $18 million. It is evident that the submitters were not far enough along in project planning to estimate land acquisition needs. Land acquisition usually costs approximately 30 percent of an average stormwater treatment project. Therefore, costs for the submitted projects are estimated to be an additional $456 million. -13- 3. AQUATIC HABITAT RESTORATION AND PROTECTION Twenty-two projects were submitted to address the restoration and protection of aquatic habitat and wetland systems throughout the St. Johns River Basin. The types of projects included: 1. Contaminated sediment remediation 2. Aquatic habitat restoration and protection 3. Sediment remediation 4. Comprehensive projects that included aspects of all of the above Habitat restoration efforts included measures such as removal of sediments and the restoration of natural flow patterns that would result in the restora tion of historic floodplains. Habitat protection involves measures that would protect existing habitat from destruction or from the impacts of existing and future development. The diagnostic and assessment efforts included determination of the impact of po llutant discharges or contaminants on receiving waters habitats, identification of impacted habitats, and assessments of the impact of specific contaminants on the health of biological communities. The proposed projects were divided with 73 percent in the upper basin, 9 percent in the middle basin, and 18 percent in the lower basin. The majority of the projects proposed were restoration and protection efforts. The two projects proposed for the middle basin were comprehensive projects that combined diagnostic and assessment aspects with habitat restoration and protection measures. Nine organizations submitted aquatic habitat restoration projects, including governmental units (city, county, state, and federal agencies), nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. Governmental units submitted 21 of the 22 projects. The estimated cost for the 22 aquatic habitat restoration projects totaled $159 million. As one would expect, much of the total cost was associated with land acquisition and construction. Local partners already have commitments for $13.2 million of the total costs. There remains a substantial need for future funding (approximately $177 million) if all of the proposed projects are to be initiated. a. Contaminated Sedime nt Treatment and Remediation i. Target: Achieve 100 percent remediation of contaminated sediments in identified contaminated areas. ii. Summary of Projects Projects submitted under this category typically estimated the costs for assessing the problem but did not project the actual remediation cost. Additionally, the restoration projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were not included in the database. These missing projections could account for an additional $50 million in funding needs. -14- b. Habitat Protection and Restoration i. Target: Achieve 100 percent of habitat restoration in identified areas. Protect existing wetland areas. ii. Summary of Projects A variety of habitat restoration projects were submitted, but whether or not the target would be met by implementing these projects is unknown. c. Sediment Remediation i. Target: Achieve 100 percent sediment remediation in identified areas. ii. Summary of Projects No projects were submitted for this category, although tributary sediment loading is an important restoration issue. For example, the Jacksonville Waterways Commission has identified sediment remediation needs in the lower St. Johns River, but those projects are not yet part of the database. d. Land Acquisition for Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Protection i. Target: Acquire 100 percent of the land needs to meet aquatic habitat restoration targets. ii. Summary of Projects In the majority of the aquatic habitat restoration projects, the land cost was minimal. One submitted project, ―Restoration of the 100- year floodplain in the Upper St. Johns River Basin,‖ had targeted only the most strategic parcels. Acquisition of the entire 100-year floodplain would increase the cost from $40 million to approximately $750 million. B. WATER S UPPLY 1. TARGETS Develop alternative sources for subregional solutions. Implement innovative conservation and economic incentives. Maximize wastewater reuse to 90 percent. Achieve 100 percent implementation of the conservation rate structure. Develop tools and investigations for water supply management. Pursue legislative reforms. Achieve and sustain source water quality conditions that will ensure safe and affordable drinking water. 2. SUMMARY OF PROJECTS Water supply is part of the overall St. Johns River Restoration Initiative for several reasons. Increased use of groundwater for water supply has the potential of reducing spring flow to the river, possibly affecting spring-dependant ecosystems. However, treated wastewater and storm water, currently being discharged to the river, can be captured and reused. Utilizing alternative water supply sources such as these to meet new water supply demands will help reduce the need for additional groundwater withdrawals, thereby protecting spring flow and will also reduce pollutant load to the river. -15- Ten projects were submitted to address water supply. Two types of projects were submitted: 1. Water supply infrastructure improvement [six projects] 2. Reclaimed/stormwater reuse implementation or expansion [four projects] Two projects were proposed in the upper basin, three in the middle basin, and five in the lower basin. Six organizations submitted water supply projects, including four municipalities, one county government, and one county water supply authority. The estimated total cost for the 10 water supply projects totaled about $70 million. In general, the distribution of total cost into the categories of land acquisition, engineering, construction, etc., was not provided. Local partners already have commitments for about $18 million of the total costs. Therefore, at least an additional $52 million in funding is needed to complete the listed water supply projects. It should be noted that no projects were submitted for a new surface water source from the St. Johns River, although several localities are considering this option. If a project of this type were to be submitted for consideration in the near future, the estimated total cost for such a project would be $80–$100 million. C. R ESTORATION TOOLS AND INVESTIGATIONS Restoration tools and investigations include activities that support restoration efforts and are necessary to define the pollution problem, determine the scope of the project needed, monitor environmental conditions and results of restoration efforts, or support the activities of the committees. For example, tools might include water quality modeling, testing contaminated sediments, studying how bacteria affect human health, or monitoring water quality in swimming areas. 1. TARGET Provide the necessary tools and investigations to restore the river to its appropriate class designation, as defined by the state of Florida, to maintain its health. 2. SUMMARY OF PROJECTS Sixty-two projects were submitted to address the need for restoration tools and scientific investigations throughout the St. Johns River Basin. The types of projects proposed included: 1. Administrative projects 2. Feasibility studies 3. Diagnostic and assessment studies 4. Monitoring efforts 5. Research and development projects 6. Implementation projects Thirty- five percent of those projects submitted were for diagnostic and assessment work -16- and ranged from literature surveys examining existing data to scientific investigations designed to help resource managers better understand the complex workings of the St. Johns River ecosystem. Research and development projects comprised 34 percent of those submitted. They included much-needed efforts to assess and measure ecosystem health, regulatory tools such as pollution load reduction goals (PLRGs) for specific reaches of the river, and other management tools. The remaining 14 percent were monitoring, feasibility, and administrative projects that account for 19 percent, 9 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. These projects included efforts to evaluate the efficacy of proposed restoration measures, monitoring of various ecosystem components, and administrative support for working groups associated with river management and restoration. The restoration tool and investigation projects proposed focused primarily on the Lower St. Johns River Basin, which accounted for 85 percent of the total. The middle and upper basins shared the balance equally. While each type of project was represented in the lower basin, the efforts proposed for the upper and middle basins were primarily research and development projects and monitoring projects. Nine organizations submitted restoration tool and investigation projects. These nine organizations represented governmental units (city, county, and state agencies), which were responsible for 47 percent of the proposed projects, and academic institutions, responsible for 53 percent of the proposed projects within this category. The estimated cost for the 50 proposed restoration tool and investigation projects totaled $29.6 million. Much of the total cost is associated with planning and restoration efforts. Currently, known local partner funding commitments are small ($1.15 million) within this category of projects, leaving a substantial need for future funding if all of the proposed projects are to be initiated. IX. Access/Recreation/Education/Public Outreach/Cultural and Heritage Targets and Proposed Project Summaries In addition to the effort described above to collect ecological restoration projects, the Working Group also asked the St. Johns River community to suggest access, recreation, education, public outreach, cultural, and heritage projects to meet several targets. This effort was designed to be the start of an ongoing process where the project list would be updated and prioritized. Local governments, agencies, schools, universities, and the general public were asked to submit projects that would help meet those targets. Participants were asked to fill out an online questionnaire that described the project; its audience, cost, and benefits; and other information. A separate questionnaire was created to collect information about environmental education programs that are already in place, in an effort to better understand the scope of watershed education efforts. This effort was undertaken for a short, focused time period of approximately six weeks. The projects in the two sections below are not necessarily all the projects that will be needed. However, the submitted projects do provide a better understanding of the amount and scale of -17- projects that are ready to be performed if funding and support were to become immediately available. It is envisioned that the St. Johns River Alliance will use this list of projects as a starting point to develop an annual project priority list as well as a tool to further refine needed efforts. A. ACCESS AND R ECREATION 1. TARGETS Develop the St. Johns River trail network. Provide more access points for boating of all types. Seek special designation of the St. Johns River Blueway. Acquire one full- time equivalent (FTE) position for the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) to maintain the St. Johns River trails database. 2. SUMMARY OF PROJECTS Seventeen recreation/tourism projects were compiled and prioritized by the Steering Committee of the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative. Some projects are riverwide, such as a St. Johns River boaters guide, while others are specific to a place or basin. Projects such as trails, boat ramps, fishing piers, and parks are listed. Project costs range from $300,000 to $7.5 million. Many of the listed projects still have undefined costs, to be determined when the project has been planned in more deta il. Most of the higher-cost projects require land purchases. Thirty-eight additional projects were entered during March and April 2003 under the broad category of access, recreation, greenways, and trails. Twenty-six projects were requested by constituents in the lower basin (Putnam, Clay, and St. Johns counties). Two projects were from the middle basin (Volusia and Putnam counties). Seven projects were located in the upper basin (Brevard County). Three projects spanned all three basins. Most projects, including land acquisition projects, revolve around the development of hiking and paddling trails, while several others involved the development of parks and boat access. Only about half of the projects contained cost estimates. Since many projects include acquisition of property that has not yet been identified or priced, cost estimates are difficult to make. Based on the information immediately available, the listed projects would cost about $141 million. However, because there are at least 100 additio nal miles of trails needed to develop a complete route from the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville to Indian River County, using existing trails and those that are currently in the planning stage, the total cost would likely be more than double the estimates p rovided to date. A number of cities, counties, or metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) have already developed local trails and blueways master plans; some have begun to accumulate the funds needed to implement their plans. The St. Johns River Trails -18- Coalition, composed of 10 or more counties along the St. Johns River, will be working to develop a continuous trail along both sides of the river in the next decade. Many of the requested projects are part of that effort, which will need significant fund ing from federal, state, and local governments. A project request sent to Congress in January 2003 under the auspices of the Trails Coalition and the City of Palatka, asked for $10.6 million for planning and some land acquisition for the St. Johns River Trail network. This funding, if secured, will only cover a portion of the total needed for land acquisition and development of the trails/greenways/blueways network. B. EDUCATION/PUBLIC O UTREACH/CULTURAL AND H ERITAGE 1. TARGET Develop a complete guide to all existing river-related education programs. 2. SUMMARY OF PROGRAMS Twenty-one projects for environmental education and for cultural and heritage programs were listed and prioritized by the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative. There were no projects in the upper basin, 14 projects in the middle basin, six projects in the lower basin, and one project riverwide. Project costs ranged from $26,000 to $5.5 million. Education projects included public- friendly guides and reports about the river, environmental education centers, and exhibits. Cultural and heritage projects, such as archaeological assessments, historic building restorations, visitor interpre tive programs, and scenic highway promotion, were also described. From March through April 2003, the education survey tool requested that participants include both existing programs and potential programs to expand education and outreach efforts throughout the St. Johns River Basin. Information was provided for 25 existing educational/outreach programs operated within the St. Johns River Basin. Of the currently operating programs received, the majority of projects are located in the lower basin. The existing education projects are summarized below. Eight programs were offered by educational institutions. One program was offered by a local government. Ten programs were offered by state agencies (including three that involve state and local partnerships). 2 Five programs were offered by nonprofit organizations. One program was offered by a private-sector entity. The target audience for the majority of the educational/outreach programs is students. Common focus areas for programs include water quality, water supply, pollution prevention, aquatic habitat, and water conservation. Based upon the information 2 Although the survey results only included three WAV programs, there are actually 13 WAV programs that function within the St. Johns River watershed. -19- provided, it appears that the majority of programs utilize permanent staff rather than, or in addition to, using volunteers. The determination of program costs is difficult to ascertain because the majority of education programs did not provide the requested cost data. There were $2.5 million in submitted projects. However, some of the programs were conducted outside the defined St. Johns River Basin and others were unable to quantify their costs. Approximately $1.2 million in costs were identified that were specific to the St. Johns River watershed. It should be noted that the use of volunteers makes the determination of actual costs difficult. In addition to the aforementioned programs, 25 program proposals were submitted through the survey. In some cases, multiple projects were submitted under one heading or were proposed for several river locations. The submissions are program proposals that would either expand on existing programs or add new educational/outreach programs. The majority of these proposed programs would be located in specific areas of the lower basin. However, six projects had a riverwide focus and did not appear to be limited to certain basins. The range of estimated costs for the education program proposals was $5,000 to $2 million. Although the survey tool has been extremely valuable in launching an effort to comprehensively assess education and outreach program needs throughout the St. Johns River, much work is still needed. For example, little information was received regarding adult education programs or educational curricula. Less information was received from the upper basin than from the lower and middle basins. Based on survey results, it is recommended that additional efforts be made to determine if there are gaps in the provision of educational/outreach efforts in these areas or if the survey failed to reach these outlets. X. Administration and Staff Support Staff support is needed to promote the effectiveness of the committees. The staff of several different agencies have provided support for previous river-oriented committees. Additional staff support and coordination may be necessary, beyond the previous efforts, in order to accomplish the tasks listed below. M EETING COORDINATION Develop agendas. Notify members of meeting dates and materials. Send media notices of meetings. Locate and reserve meeting space and A/V equipment. Produce and distribute meeting notes. PLANNING AND M ANAGEMENT Develop and update planning documents periodically. Track implementation of projects and progress toward resource goals. -20- Report status of resources to committees. Support the coordination of technical efforts, such as water quality monitoring coordination. Aid in the preparation of annual report cards. Identify and write grant proposals. LEADERSHIP Provide suggestions to the Board of Directors on project, funding, and education and restoration needs. Ensure that key agenda items are included so that the appropriate committees are involved in the process. Encourage the coordination of efforts among agencies, local governments, and other organizations involved in similar restoration efforts. Encourage the basins to work together on similar projects or issues. EDUCATION AND O UTREACH Support communications among the committees. Promote public awareness of Initiative efforts and needs. Provide communications tools to community organizations. Represent the Initiative at events and programs. Provide information on Initiative activities to the media. ADMINISTRATION Develop annual work plans for committee review. Report status of funding and projects to committees. Pay expenses incurred by the Initiative. Administer grant funds. SPECIAL PROJ ECTS Host special events, as determined by the Board of Directors. Consider issuing small education grants to enhance existing programs. Conduct other special projects, as recommended by the committees. The Board of Directors should also consider its other staffing needs, as well as making a more specific assignment of responsibilities to individual organizations or contracts. It may be appropriate to prepare an annual work plan and budget for the St. Johns River Initiative, along with an assessment of funding needs. If there are inadequate staff and administrative support for the committee structure, the restoration efforts of the committees will not be as effective. -21- Appendix A Ecological Restoration P rojects Submitted in March and April 2003 This project collection effort was designed to be the first step in an ongoing effort to identify restoration projects and costs. It is expected that this project list will be updated regularly and will require prioritization and other analyses before being submitted to any particular funding course. The Working Group staff made efforts to identify some of the costs classified as ―unknown‖ in the database; therefore, the subtotals presented here may be different from those identified in the body of the report. The total costs detailed in the report are the best estimates based upon the database and other technical input. Additional information about the projects listed here are available on the St. Johns River Water Management District Web site, www.sjrwmd.com. A-1 Proposed Estimated Basin Project Name Sponsor Total Cost Aquatic Habitat Projects LSJRB River out fall dredging City of Green Cove Springs $ 1,600,000 LSJRB Hogan's Creek restoration City of Jacksonville $ 4,906,000 LSJRB Jacksonville Zoo-Trout River habitat restoration Fla. Inland Nav. Dist.? USA CE? $ 400,000 LSJRB Restore creek in Westside Regional Park Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 50,000 MSJRB Big Econlockhatchee River Basin land acquisition Orange County Stormwater Division $ 8,267,000 MSJRB Wetland and aquatic habitat restoration SJRWMD $ 55,500,000 USJRB Elbow Creek dredging City of Melbourne $ 2,500,000 USJRB Lake Poinsett restoration (removal of sediment) COE, FWC, SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Lake Winder restoration (removal of sediments) COE, FWC, SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Lake Florence and adjacent canal COE, FWC, SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Deseret Canal, South River (south of Lake Winder) COE, FWC, SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Lakes Hell ‘n’ Blazes and Sawgrass restoration COE, FWC, SJRWMD $ 15,000,000 USJRB Installation of tilting weir gates Indian River County $ 1,188,000 USJRB Berry Groves restoration SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Restoration of sheet flow in St. Johns Marsh SJRWMD $ 3,000,000 USJRB Restore historic upper basin river channel SJRWMD $ 6,750,000 USJRB Redesign Water Control Structure S-161 SJRWMD $ 2,500,000 USJRB Restore natural flood elevations in upper b asin SJRWMD $ 15,000,000 USJRB Restoration of berry groves to wetland SJRWMD $ 1,600,000 USJRB Restoration of Cain property to wetlands SJRWMD $ 1,400,000 USJRB Restore sheetflow in south upper basin SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Restoration of 100-year floodplain SJRWMD $ 40,000,000 Subtotal for Aquatic Habitat Projects $ 159,661,000 Nonpoint Source Projects LSJRB Hopkins Creek Regional Detention Facility City of Atlantic Beach $ 2,800,000 LSJRB Pave dirt streets City of Green Cove Springs $ 2,000,000 LSJRB Pave driveways to streets City of Green Cove Springs $ 2,300,000 LSJRB Septic tank removal City of Green Cove Springs $ 6,000,000 LSJRB Sediment collection boxes City of Green Cove Springs $ 700,000 A-2 LSJRB Stormwater master plan City of Green Cove Springs $ 75,000 LSJRB Stormwater treatment ponds City of Green Cove Springs $ 1,500,000 LSJRB Pipe open ditches on streets City of Green Cove Springs $ 7,500,000 LSJRB River stormwater outfall improvements, U.S. 17 City of Green Cove Springs $ 4,754,000 LSJRB Vera Francis Hall Park City of Green Cove Springs $ 300,000 LSJRB Dirt Road Paving Project — Phase III City of Green Cove Springs $ 300,000 LSJRB City of Jacksonville MSMP implement ation City of Jacksonville $ 22,737,600 LSJRB Conceptual stormwater master plan City of Palatka $150,000 LSJRB Doctors Lake septic tank remediation Clay County Board of County Comm. $ 1,143,000 LSJRB Black Creek Basin sediment stabilization Clay County Board of County Comm. $ 10,000,000 LSJRB Indigo Branch stormwater treatment Clay County Board of County Comm. $ 2,000,000 LSJRB Loch Rane/Bel-Med regional stormwater treatments Clay County Board of County Comm. $ 4,171,400 LSJRB Williams Park Road Stabilization Project Clay County Board of County Comm. $ 950,000 LSJRB Septic Tank Removal — Low Pressure In-fill Project Clay County Utility Authority $ 10,600,000 LSJRB Road sediment stabilization Putnam County $ 10,000,000 LSJRB Repair and upgrade of drainage systems and outfalls Putnam County $ 10,000,000 LSJRB Putnam County Master Stormwat er Management Plan Putnam County Board of County Comm. $ 300,000 LSJRB Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Quality Project SJRWMD $ 2,250,000 LSJRB Regional stormwat er treatment in the TCAA — LSJRB SJRWMD $ 102,000,000 LSJRB TCAA regional stormwater treatment SJRWMD Unknown LSJRB Cedar/Ortega sediment removal/other regional SJRWMD Unknown stormwat er treatment areas LSJRB Flagler Estates regional stormwater treatment SJRWMD Unknown LSJRB Deep Creek revitalization St. Johns County $ 9,000,000 LSJRB Fruit Cove drainage improvements St. Johns County $ 3,800,000 MSJRB Stormwater master plan City of Oviedo $ 190,000 MSJRB Lake Olivia/Lake Dip stormwater retrofit Orange Cty Stormwater Management Div. $ 570,000 MSJRB Lake Olivia/Roberts Landing pond retrofit Orange Cty Stormwater Management Div. $ 244,000 MSJRB E-40 Canal system-Little Econ River Orange Cty Stormwater Management Div. $ 250,000 MSJRB Lake Underhill Road out fall improvement Orange Cty Stormwater Management Div. $ 215,000 MSJRB Winter Park System-Little Econ River Orange Cty Stormwater Management Div. $ 3,405,000 MSJRB Water Quality Treatment Program-Little Wekiva Orange Cty Stormwater Management Div. $ 6,010,000 MSJRB Lake Jes up Basin, wat er quality treatment alternatives Seminole County $ 85,000,000 MSJRB Lake Jes up Basin, wat er quality/flood attenuation Seminole County $ 74,000,000 MSJRB Lake Monroe, water quality/flood attenuation Seminole County $ 70,000,000 A-3 MSJRB Wekiva Basin, water quality/flood attenuation Seminole County $ 22,500,000 MSJRB Econlockhatchee, water quality/flood attenuation Seminole County $ 28,000,000 MSJRB Seminole County basin evaluations Seminole County $ 3,300,000 MSJRB Seminole County estimated TMDL implement ation Seminole County/countywide $ 1,553,000 implementation MSJRB Lake Jes up regional stormwater treatment SJRWMD Unknown MSJRB Little Econlockhatchee River improvement SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Upper Eau Gallie Pond 2 Brevard County Stormwater Utility $ 2,200,000 USJRB Eight-Mile Canal Pond Brevard County Stormwater Utility Unknown USJRB Faulk Canal Pond Brevard County Stormwater Utility Unknown USJRB Ranch Road-Delspine Road Pond Brevard County Stormwater Utility Unknown USJRB Crane Creek West Pond Brevard County Regional Stormwater Utility $ 1,900,000 USJRB Eight-Mile Canal (Rockledge to St. Johns River) USACE/FWC/SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Southwest Industrial Stormwater Park, phase I Indian River County $ 3,840,000 USJRB Vortex treatment units and floating debris booms Indian River County $ 2,358,000 USJRB Stormwater reuse None at this time Unknown USJRB Septic tanks; Lake Poinsett subdivision S.A.V.E. St. Johns River, Inc. Unknown USJRB Fellsmere WMA (Sun Ag reservoir) SJRWMD Unknown Subtotal for Nonpoint Source Projects $ 522,866,000 Point Source Projects LSJRB Replace leaking sewer lines City of Green Cove Springs $ 5,700,000 LSJRB South WWTP reus e City of Green Cove Springs $ 1,250,000 LSJRB Harbor Road WWTP upgrade City of Green Cove Springs $ 5,000,000 LSJRB Sewer liftstation telemetry City of Green Cove Springs $ 35,000 LSJRB Effluent Reuse Program City of Palatka $5,000,000 LSJRB Orange Park reclaimed water transmission main Clay County Utility Authority $ 14,700,000 LSJRB Miller Street WWTP improvements Clay County Utility Authority $ 6,000,000 LSJRB Spencer's regional reclaimed water system Clay County Utility Authority $ 4,000,000 improvements LSJRB Decommission Fleming Oaks WWTP Clay County Utility Authority $ 1,500,000 LSJRB Penny Farms wastewater treatment system Clay County Utility Authority $ 500,000 improvements LSJRB Remove domestic wastewater FDEP $1,200,000, 000 LSJRB Royal Lakes WWTF reclaimed water system JEA —- system planning $ 8,000,000 A-4 LSJRB East Putnam County regional wastewater system Putnam County $ 75,000,000 MSJRB City of Oviedo Carolyn Drive sanitary sewer City of Oviedo $ 75,000 MSJRB Reclaimed wat er system expansion City of Titus ville $ 3,950,000 MSJRB Home Fuel Oil Recovery Program Volusia Soil and Water Conservation $ 155,960 District Unknown Remove IW facilities FDEP $ 120,000,000 Unknown Connect small plants FDEP $ 3,500,000 Subtotal for Point Source Projects $1,454,365, 960 Restoration Tool s and Analysi s Projects LSJRB Fecal coliform assessment of surface waters — Duval City of Jacksonville, Air and Water Quality $ 50,000 County Division LSJRB LSJRB restoration facilitator City of Jacksonville, Air and Water Quality $ 450,000 Division LSJRB Jacksonville tributary study City of Jacksonville, Air and Water Quality $ 125,000 Division LSJRB Duval County tribut aries heavy metals assessment City of Jacksonville, RES D $ 150,000 LSJRB Water Quality Mapping/System Monitoring Program Clay County Utility Authority $ 350,000 LSJRB Turfgrass assessment program FDEP, SJRWMD, local governments Unknown LSJRB Autonomous water quality monitoring in the LSJRB FWC $ 70,000 LSJRB Autonomous water quality monitoring in the St. Johns FWC $ 210,000 River LSJRB Assessment of harmful cyanobacteria in the LSJRB GreenWater Labs/CyanoLab $ 250,000 LSJRB Distribution and abundance of algal toxins within GreenWater Labs/CyanoLab $ 100,000 aquatic food webs in the LS JRB LSJRB Buckman Hormone Input and Output Study Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 150,000 LSJRB Ichthyoplankton study near Blount Island and Brown Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 200,000 LSJRB Timucuan Preserve biological data Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 28,000 LSJRB Evaluation of trace met al data Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 35,000 LSJRB Study land application of sewage sludge Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Rodman Dam sediment discharge issue Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 110,000 LSJRB Restoration from releases in Rice and Black creeks Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 90,000 LSJRB Storm event bacteria loadings in recreational area Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 100,000 LSJRB Aquatic vegetation in Nassau vs. St. Johns Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 90,000 LSJRB Evaluat e sedimentation control techniques Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 100,000 A-5 LSJRB Evaluat e effectiveness of aquatic revegetation Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 120,000 LSJRB Evaluat e stormwater treatment systems Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 110,000 LSJRB Sediment toxicants in the LSJRB Jacksonville University $ 300,000 LSJRB Pulp and paper mill chlorinated organic compounds Jacksonville University $ 250,000 LSJRB 2-Chlorophenol in sediments and biota Jacksonville University $ 100,000 LSJRB Erosion control BMP effects upon aquatic ecosystems NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Biological indices for oligohaline ecosystems NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Biological indices for estuarine ecosystems NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Biological effects of nutrient and sediment loading NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 200,000 LSJRB Timucuan Preserve Biological Comparison Study NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Timucuan Preserve Ecological Monitoring Program NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Power plant entrainment effects upon river ec ology NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 300,000 LSJRB Ecological comparison of Rice Creek and Black Creek NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 200,000 LSJRB BNR implement ation effects upon aquatic ecosystems NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 200,000 LSJRB Bacteria spatial source tracking — public recreation NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 50,000 LSJRB Indicator bacteria comparison — screening surveys NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 20,000 LSJRB Bacteria spatial source tracking — low Income Areas NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Bacteria storm event loading — public recreation NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Bacteria and sediment loading interactions NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Treatment systems for nonpoint nutrient sources NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Atmospheric Transport and Deposition Study NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Sediment quality SJRWMD $ 700,000 LSJRB Toxic contaminant assessments SJRWMD $ 700,000 LSJRB Mercury contamination remediation SJRWMD $ 700,000 LSJRB Residential nonpoint source pollution BMP SJRWMD $ 300,000 development LSJRB Biological monit oring for BMP effectiveness in the SJRWMD $ 270,000 LSJRB GIS land use assessment SJRWMD $ 150,000 LSJRB Monitoring of regional stormwater treatment facilities SJRWMD $ 150,000 LSJRB Development and evaluation of agricultural BMPs SJRWMD $ 500,000 LSJRB Bioaccumulation of toxic substances SJRWMD $ 700,000 LSJRB Non-conventional pollut ant remediation SJRWMD $ 700,000 LSJRB The role of wetland production in river function SJRWMD $ 600,000 LSJRB Biological restoration targets for the LSJRB SJRWMD $ 400,000 LSJRB Chronic algal bloom effects on ecosystem function SJRWMD $ 550,000 A-6 LSJRB Index of biologic al healt h for the LS JRB SJRWMD $ 800,000 LSJRB Inclusion of Lake George to the LS JRB EFDC model SJRWMD/FDEP $ 35,000 LSJRB Groundwater contaminant transport into river SJRWMD $ 500,000 LSJRB Phytoremediation of contaminants SJRWMD $ 500,000 MSJRB Biological indices for freshwater tidal ecosystems NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 75,000 MSJRB Biological indices for freshwater ec osystems NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 75,000 MSJRB Pollutant loan reduction goal (P LRG) development SJRWMD $ 9,600,000 USJRB Stosberg property (new county park) USACE, FWC, SJRWMD Unknown USJRB Bacteria/ viral sourc e tracking and human health risk FDEP-NE D $ 400,000 USJRB Detailed topographic survey of wetlands SJRWMD $ 4,300,000 USJRB Preserve habitat for rare species SJRWMD $ 1,000,000 Unknown Bacteria TMDL Reasonable Assurance Plan NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 100,000 Unknown Bacteria Epidemiological Survey-P ublic Recreation NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 200,000 Unknown Inventory of biological projects and programs NE Fla. Institute of Applied Envir. Science $ 7,000 Subtotal for Re storation Tool s and Analysi s Proj. $ 29,620,000 Water Supply Projects LSJRB Replacement of water lines City of Green Cove Springs $ 4,800,000 LSJRB Fleming Island regional and Ridaught Landing Clay County Utility Authority $ 5,000,000 reclaimed water system improvements LSJRB Mid-Clay reclaimed water Iiprovements Clay County Utility Authority $ 1,500,000 LSJRB Lake Asbury reclaimed water transmission main Clay County Utility Authority $ 2,200,000 LSJRB East Putnam County regional water system Putnam County $ 50,000,000 MSJRB Reclaimed Water Storage and Augmentation Project # City of DeLand $ 1,900,000 MSJRB Reclaimed wat er system expansion City of Titus ville $ 2,300,000 MSJRB Reclaimed wat er system expansion City of Titus ville $ 2,045,000 USJRB South raw water intake improvements City of Melbourne $ 80,000 USJRB North raw water intake improvements City of Melbourne $ 220,000 Subtotal of Water Supply Projects $ 70,045,000 Other Projects Unknown Staff support to the St. Johns River Alliance Institute of Applied Environmental Science Unknown Subtotal of Other Projects $ - A-7 Appendix B Education, Outreach, Cultural, and Heritage Projects Submitted in March and April 2003 B1. Education Project Survey B2. Proposed Riverwide Access and Recreation Projects and Education, Outreach, Cultural, and Heritage Projects Identified B-1 B1 — Education Project Survey March–April 2003 Approximate Organization Program Name City Program Cost Apollo Elementary School Environmental Club Titus ville Unknown Area Center for Educational Enhancement Area Center for Educational Enhancement Palatka Unknown Area Center for Educational Enhancement Area Center for Educational Enhancement Palatka Unknown Bartram Trail High School Conservation Club and Wetlands Monitoring Jacksonville Unknown Brevard County Natural Resources Watershed Action Volunteers Viera $ 20,000 City of Apopka Education and E vents, Division of Recreation Dept. Apopka $ 2,500 DeLand High School DeLand Senior FFA Chapter DeLand Unknown DEP/Office of Greenways and Trails The Greenways and Trails Journey Palatka $ 6,000 Dunnellon Middle School Promoting Awesome Watershed Stewardship (PAWS) Dunnellon $ 20,000 Dunnellon Middle School, Dunnellon Elementary PAWS (Dunnellon middle) MINI PAWS (element ary) Inverness Unknown Duval County Health Department, Envir. Health and Enginering LSJRB — Septic Tank Enforcement Project Jacksonville $ 300,000 East Central Florida RCandD Mobile irrigation lab Orlando $ 75,000 Eco-Cognizant, Inc. 3 programs listed below Gaines ville $ — Eco-Cognizant, Inc. No ans wer Gaines ville Unknown Florida Gulf Coast University Environmental Educ ation/University curriculum Jacksonville Unknown FDEP Clean Marina and Clean Boat Yard Jacksonville Unknown FDEP Pollution Prevention Outreach Jacksonville Unknown FDEP P2 Pollution Prevention Orlando Unknown GTMNE RR GTMNE RR St. Augustine $ 200,000 Interested public individual General public support Orange Park Unknown Jacksonville Zoological Gardens Jacksonville Zoo Education Department programs Jacksonville Unknown Keep Putnam Beautiful, Inc Recycle, Reduc e, Reus e; Don't teach your trash to swim Palatka Unknown Mainland High School Rose Bay Legacy Project Daytona Beach $ 25,000 Mandarin High School Ecology, wise use of our resources Jacksonville Unknown B-2 NE Florida Sea Grant Extension Program Coastal environmental education St. Augustine Unknown Oak Ridge High School Aquatic biology — Lake Watch Orlando Unknown Onsite Environmental Marion County Watershed Action Volunteer Program Belleview $ 20,000 Pandion Systems, Inc. Silver Springs Basin Working Group Gaines ville $ 15,000 Pandion Systems, Inc. Senior water resource training Gaines ville Unknown Pelotes Island Nature Preserve Pelotes Island Nature Preserve programs Jacksonville Unknown Putnam County Environmental Council, Inc. The Waterworks Environmental Education Center Palatka Unknown River Adventures, Inc. River Adventures 'Experience the St. Johns' Palatka $ 200,000 Seminole County master gardener, S.C. Nat'l Lands, Audubon Varied Sanford Unknown Seminole County Environmental Studies Center Seminole County Environmental Studies Center Longwood $ 120,000 SFRC/University of Florida Wildland urban interfac e issues Gaines ville Unknown SJRWMD Watershed Action Volunteers Gaines ville Unknown SJRWMD and Seminole County Road Operations and Sto Watershed Action Volunteers Sanford Unknown St. Johns County Extension Cooperative Extension Service St. Augustine $ 1,048,366 St. Johns River Water Management District Water resource education Palatka $ 458,706 UF/IFAS Pesticide Information Office Pesticide applicator training Gaines ville Unknown Univ. of Florida, Florida Energy Extension Service Build Green and Profit; Buy Green and Save Gaines ville Unknown University of Florida Home lawn BMPs outreach and research Gaines ville Unknown University of Florida Project Learning Tree Gaines ville $ 25,000 Watershed Action Volunteers Watershed Action Volunteers Palatka Unknown Watershed Action Volunteers Watershed Action Volunteers Palatka $ 20,000 Watershed Action Volunteers Watershed Action Volunteers Palatka Unknown Wilkinson Junior High Wilkinson Legacy Project Middleburg $ 8,000 Woodward A venue Elementary N/A DeLand Unknown Total (does not include "unknowns") $ 2,563,572 B-3 B2 — Proposed Riverwide Access and Recreation Projects and Education, Outreach, Cultural, and Heritage Projects Identified March–April 2003 Proposed Estimated Basin Project Name Sponsor Total Cost Acce ss and Recreation Projects All basins Land acquisition SJRWMD $ 45,540,000 All basins St. Johns River trail network St. Johns River Allianc e — 10 counties and OGT Unknown All basins Support for one FTE at OGT St. Johns River Allianc e Unknown LSJRB Green Cove Springs Nature Preserve City of Green Cove Springs $ 3,392,600 LSJRB Shoreline restoration at Spring Park City of Green Cove Springs $ 1,000,000 LSJRB St. Johns, an American Heritage River ecotourism City of Jacksonville Unknown LSJRB Riverfront development master plan City of Palatka $150,000 LSJRB Branan Field Plan land acquisition Clay County $ 5,000,000 LSJRB Lake Asbury land acquisition Clay County Board of County Commissioners $ 5,000,000 LSJRB Dunns Creek State Park trail system Florida Department of Parks and Recreation $ 661,680 LSJRB Duval County Shellfish Bed Reopening Study NE Fla. Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 100,000 LSJRB Putnam County Rec reational trail system master Putnam County $ 10,000,000 LSJRB Crescent City to Georgetown Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB Dunns Creek Paddle Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB East Palatka Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce $ 600,000 LSJRB Federal Point Loop Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce $ 1,870,000 LSJRB Murphys Creek Paddle Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB Palatka to Hawt horne Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB Palatka to the Cross Florida Greenway Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB Palatka Urban Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce $ 5,000,000 LSJRB Putnam County Hwy. 17 South Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce $ 2,295,000 LSJRB Rodman Reservoir Paddle Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB South Putnam Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown B-4 LSJRB West Putnam Bicycle Trail Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Unknown LSJRB Tanglewylde Center Putnam County-Florida Communities Trust $ 200,000 LSJRB St. Johns County Blueway St. Johns County $ 50,000,000 LSJRB Julington-Durbin Creek canoe trail, hiking trail St. Johns River Allianc e $ 1,600,000 LSJRB Reddie Point Preserve boat tie-ups, trails, environmental center St. Johns River Allianc e $ 2,700,000 LSJRB Ocklawaha River Paddle Trail SJRWMD Unknown MSJRB Stormwater management plan, implementation, and park City of Crescent City, Florida $ 1,350,000 MSJRB Northwest DeBary Conservation Area City of DeB ary $ 4,520,000 USJRB Hatbill County Park (Brevard County) Brevard County/Parks and Recreation Unknown USJRB James G. Bourbeau Memorial Park Brevard County/Parks and Recreation Unknown USJRB Moccasin Island Park (Brevard County) Brevard County/Parks and Recreation Unknown USJRB Stosberg Park (Brevard County) Brevard County/Parks and Recreation Unknown USJRB St. Johns River access Brevard MP O Unknown USJRB St. Johns River Heritage Corridor trail network Brevard MP O Unknown USJRB Possum Bluff — 'Big Oak ' Restoration COE, SJRWMD, Brevard County Nat. Resources Unknown Subtotal, Acce ss and Recreation Projects $140, 979,280 Education, Outreach, Cultural, and Heritage Projects LSJRB Turfgrass BMP social marketing campaign FDEP, SJRWMD Unknown LSJRB NERR application support Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 60,000 LSJRB JU/UNF-led educational projects Jacksonville U. and U. of North Florida $ 270,000 LSJRB Timucuan Preserve Research and Education Center NE Fla. Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 100,000 LSJRB 303(d) List Verification of Impairment surveys NE Fla. Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 100,000 LSJRB St. Johns River at a Glance project enhancements NE Fla. Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 100,000 LSJRB 'River Experience' curriculum on-the-water River Adventures, Inc. $ 250,000 LSJRB Environmental learning center—Julington-Durbin Creeks Preserve St. Johns River Allianc e $ 2,000,000 LSJRB Environmental learning center—B etz Tiger Point Preserve St. Johns River Allianc e $ 2,000,000 LSJRB St. Johns River Summer Institute St. Johns River Allianc e $ 30,000 USJRB Environmental education kiosks at county parks Brevard County, Parks and Recreation Unknown USJRB F. Burton Smith Regional Park Brevard County, Parks and Recreation Unknown USJRB Pride of Palatka, Inc. [formerly, Palatka Riverboat]] Riverboat Committee $ 600,000 B-5 USJRB Bourbeau Park (County) Education/Recreation Pavilion S.A.V.E. St. Johns River, Inc. Unknown Unknown St. Johns Eco-Heritage Corridor American Heritage Rivers Initiative, EPA? Unknown Unknown Ecotourism Guide of the St. Johns River Institute of Applied Environmental Science $ 29,000 Unknown Tourism in support of education None as yet; Herb Hiller, advocate Unknown Unknown St. Johns River Forum St. Johns River Allianc e $ 5,000 Unknown St. Johns River Summer Camp St. Johns River Allianc e or associated entity Unknown Unknown Environmental education St. Johns River Allianc e, SJRWMD $ 35,000 Subtotal for Education, Outreach, Cultural, and Heritage Projects $ 5,579,000 B-6 Appendix C American Heritage Rivers Initiative Priority Projects C-1 St. Johns River — American Heritage Rivers Projects Project Basin Category* Cost Contact 1 St. Johns River Heritage Corridor Entire HC $300K Develop and establish a conceptual trail(s) incorporating heritage locations, including historical, cultural, natural, and communities resources that are open to the public. Project includes community involvement in site selection and themes, land and riv er markers, and guides. 2 St. Johns River Boaters Guide Entire R $100K Develop a guide of resources along the St. Johns River, including location of his toric sites, environmental education sites, parks, marinas, and other points of interest. Publish guide on waterproof paper. 3 St. Johns River Report Entire EE $26K St. Johns Riverkeeper c/o Neil Armingeon An annual printed report on the condition of the St. Johns River for distribution to the public. (904) 262-4015 Research existing databases, develop criteria and format, present information in easily read and understood format utilizing graphs and color. Print and distribute report. The first year would cover the low er basin, the second year the middle basin, and the third year the upper basin. [St. Johns Riverkeeper] 1 Source Water Protection Management Plan for Lake Washington Upper Hector Herrera SJRWMD (386) 329-4327 hherrera@sjrw md.com 2 Palm Bay unit 48 stormwater flooding improvements Upper EC $200K John Rogers, City Engineer Project is designed to reduce flooding conditions in Port Malabar Units 42, 44, and 48. City of Palm Bay (321) 953-8983 (321) 953-8920 Fax 3 Hatbill County Park (Brevard County), on the St. Johns River, off SR 46 Upper Leroy Wright Park improvements include pavilion, picnic tables, signage, improved boat ramps, landscape park (321) 632-8403 area. email@example.com 4 Moccasin Island Park (Brevard County) Upper Leroy Wright Develop land, purchased by SJRWMD, as a public park. Develop access, construct kicker boat (321) 632-8403 ramp and airboat launch area, and provide picnic pavilion. firstname.lastname@example.org C-2 5 James Bourbeau County Park (Brevard County) Upper Leroy Wright Several improvements to alleviate congestion on weekends, including additional parking, (321) 632-8403 stage/pavilion for school and Scout groups, bass tournaments, improved airboat ramp. Most email@example.com improvements w ould require filling one or more of the exis ting excavation ponds. 6 Stosberg property (Brevard County) Upper Leroy Wright Develop a new county park on the river immediately north of SR 520 West, across from, and to (321) 632-8403 alleviate congestion at, James Bourbeau County Park. Install single-lane boat ramp, docking firstname.lastname@example.org space for eco-tour airboats, boardwalks for public access, bathroom facilities, and parking. 7 Lake Washington County Park (Brevard County) Upper Leroy Wright Construct additional bathroom near boat ramp. (321) 632-8403 email@example.com 8 Environmental education exhibits (at a variety of county parks) Upper Commissioner Sue Carlson Topics to be covered include the his tory of the river and natural history (several projects @$5K– Brevard County $10K each). (321) 633-2044 [Brevard County] firstname.lastname@example.org 9 Burton Sm ith Regional Park (Brevard County) Upper Leroy Wright Construct an environmental learning center, with walk-through exhibit areas, meeting room, (321) 632-8403 bathrooms with parking for handicapped, boardwalks, and appropriate landscaping. email@example.com 10 River access Upper Use of DOT land during road building, re-building for river access. Access on SJRWMD land. New , improved parks, greenways, and trails. 11 Sarno Lakes w atershed, Phase I Upper Ron Jones Protect the watershed surrounding the primary drinking water source for the City of Melbourne by Brevard County Surface Water Imp. promoting the use of urban BMPs on the Hopkins Canal. [Brevard County] 12 Property purchase on SR 192, near Sweetwater's Fish Camp Upper Steve Morgan Land acquisition; USACE has funding available to develop and staff an environmental learning center. 13 Tour operator training/certification Upper 14 Lake Poinsett and Lake Winder muck removal Upper ER $500K–$1M Leroy Wright Removal of muck in three areas in Lake Poinsett and one area in Lake Winder. (321) 632-8403 firstname.lastname@example.org C-3 1 Middle St. Johns River basinw ide water resource evaluation Middle S $900K Tom Ziegler The Middle St. Johns River Basin, as it flows through Orange, Brevard, Seminole, and Volusia SJRWMD counties, has never had a comprehensive master plan completed. Issues of importance within year (386) 329-4359 this basin include flooding, stormwater quality retrofit needs, and septic tank system remediation 1 of 10 tziegler@sjrw md.com and the installation of wastewater treatment plants. A comprehensive evaluation will identify and address the water resource issues of this important resource using a basinw ide approach. 2 Middle St. Johns River m ain stem diagnostics Middle S $600K Tom Ziegler SJRWMD is developing a flood-forecasting model for this section of the St. Johns River. This SJRWMD project includes transporting the exis ting model to a graphical user interface-based modeling (386) 329-4359 platform more suitable for further development. Further development w ill include data collection, tziegler@sjrw md.com model improvements, and water quality evaluations and modeling. [Seminole County, Orange County, Volusia County, SJRWMD] 3 Groundwater Study of the Little Econlockhatchee River Middle WC Dr. Scott Hagan Develop data of groundwater impact on the Little Econlockhatchee River as part of the overall University of Central Florida water management planning for the Econlockhatchee River Basin. (407) 823-3903 [Scott Hagan, UCF, Orange County Stormw ater Management] email@example.com 4 Sem inole County Environmental Study Center Middle EE $400K Pat Burkett, Environmental Specialist Expansion of facility to enhance visitor experience and enable facility to reach more vis itors, building, Environmental Studies Center including Seminole County public school students and the general public. $500K Seminole County Public Schools [Seminole County] boardwalk, 400 East Lake Mary Boulevard, Sanford $20K (407) 320-0467 interpretation 5 Econlockhatchee River Basin — Little Lake Barton/Lake Underhill water quality Middle WQ $100K Rod Lynn im provements Orange County Stormwater Management This lake system w ithin Orange County has water quality degradation problems which may be (407) 836-7990 due to the insufficient septic systems around the lakes. An evaluation of the source of pollutants +F10 in the lake along w ith remediation recommendations is needed to address the water quality problems. [Orange County, Environmental Protection Department] 6 Little Econlockhatchee River Basin evaluation and inventory Middle S $500K Mark Flomerfelt The Little Econlockhatchee River Basin evaluation and inventory have been closely coordinated Seminole County Stormw ater Management among all partners. A preliminary flood hazard evaluation has identified over 100 residences in Seminole County that w ill be w ithin the revised 100-year floodplain. Evaluation has been completed and the project phase is active; working on three projects in the basin. [Seminole County, Oviedo, Casselberry, Orange County] C-4 7 Quail Hollow subdivision, Little Econlockhatchee River Middle S $500K Rod Lynn Retrofit of older, inadequate stormw ater facilities. Completed in 2002. Orange County Stormwater Management [Orange County Stormwater Management] (407) 836-7990 8 Lake George Ecosystem, Watershed, and Shoreline Restoration /Enhancement Project Middle WQ $17.5K Mark Brow n Prescribed burn of 510 acres (owned by Volusia County and SJRWMD) on an annual basis to annually Environmental Management Division, reduce exotic vegetation and muck buildup. Project w ill improve w ater quality, reduce possibility Volusia County of catastrophic fires, and improve access. (386) 736-5062 [Volusia County Environmental Management Service Group, SJRWMD, Florida Division of Forestry] 9 Lake Jesup channel and flow restoration Middle WQ TBD Robert King In progress+B39 Friends of Lake Jesup (407) 365-3128 FLJesup@aol.com 10 Wekiva protection area GIS landscape model Middle EC $500K Jennifer Domerchie Lake County w ill improve the information currently available in the middle basin. The Wekiva ECFRPC River Protection Area is of particular concern as the information is limited. This project would set year (407) 623-1075 up a digital parcel layer w ith wetland and land use identification. 1 of 3 jenifer+F33@ecfrpc.org [ECFRPC, Lake County, SJRWMD, Department of Transportation] 11 Lake Lotus sandbar removal Middle EC $300K Mary Brabham Severe erosion and sediment transport problems in the Little Wekiva River have caused a SJRWMD deposition of excess sediment in the confluence of the Little Wekiva River and Lake Lotus. A (407) 659-4829 master plan has been developed, and construction of several erosion control projects has begun. mbrabham@sjrw md.com Since the recognition of the problem in Lake Lotus, sedimentation has worsened, causing a significant portion of the lake to be isolated from the remainder, potentially causing a variety of adverse impacts. A feasibility study has been completed f or the dredging of Lake Lotus, and alternatives have been identified to remove the sediment from the lake. Working with USACE; Preliminary Restoration Plan in development. [SJRWMD, Altamonte Springs] 12 Little Wekiva River water quality retrofit needs Middle WQ $500K Mary Brabham Orange and Seminole counties and the City of Altamonte Springs have identif ied areas where SJRWMD retrofit stormw ater systems would be a benefit to the water quality and excess flow volumes that (407) 659-4829 discharge directly to the Little Wekiva River. mbrabham@sjrw md.com [SJRWMD, Orange County, Seminole County] C-5 13 Stormwater pond improvements, Wekiva River Basin Middle S $500K Krishna Krishnamurthy This project is part of a stormwater master plan for the Lakes McCoy, Coroni, and Prevatt Orange County Stormwater Management watershed. The improvements to the pond will improve water quality. Construction draw ings and (407) 836-7990 acquisition of easements have been completed. Finished. [Orange County, Stormwater Management Department] 14 Riverside Park subdivision, Little Wekiva River Basin Middle S $5M Roland Ray munto Restoration of the Little Wekiva, which currently flows through a pipe in this area. (A portion of the Orange County Stormwater Management pipe collapsed and destroyed tw o homes. A sheet pile w as replaced at a cost of around $1.5 (407) 836-7990 million.) Project is under way; real estate acquisition is under way; construction begins in 2003. [Orange County Stormwater Management Department] 15 Little Wekiva River watershed management implementation Middle S $2.5M Mary Brabham Design and construction of a basinw ide management plan that addresses the erosion and matching SJRWMD sediment transport problems within the main channel of the Little Wekiva River. Projects will funds (407) 659-4829 include structural bed and bank protection, biotechnical bank protection, grade control structures, mbrabham@sjrw md.com and w idening and re-sloping of river sections and sedimentation basins. These projects will year continue implementation of the Little Wekiva River Watershed Management Plan. This is an 7 of 10 erosion control project. [SJRWMD, Seminole County, Orange County, City of Altamonte Springs] 16 Sweetwater Cove Tributary to the Wekiva River Sediment Control Project Middle S $500K Mary Brabham The w astewater treatment plant which dis charged 1.9 million gallons per day has since been SJRWMD upgraded to improve the quality of the discharge, although the sedimentation and nuisance year (407) 659-4829 vegetation problem w ithin the tributary has remained uncontrolled. The tributary is in need of 1 of 3 mbrabham@sjrw md.com dredging and erosion protection. Steps needed to improve the system have been identified. [SJRWMD, Seminole County] 17 Volusia County groundw ater recharge and scrub jay assessment Middle EC $80K Kelly McGee Areas within Volusia County whic h have been identif ied as high recharge areas als o have good Volusia County Environmental Services potential to support the threatened Florida scrub jay. To ensure the surviv al of the species and (386) 736-5927, ext. 2845 provide for future recharge, it is estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 acres of suitable habitat will need to be preserved and managed. This project will assess areas of high recharge for the presence of jays and assess the restoration potential. Results w ill aid in prioritizing parcels. Under way. [Volusia County] C-6 18 Volusia County St. Johns River Marina water quality assessment Middle WQ $100K Kelly McGee Of the 33 marinas found along the shoreline of the St. Johns River from Lake Harney to Lake Volusia County Environmental Services George, only seven have pump-out facilities for sewage. This project would assess the water (386) 736-5927 quality of the marinas and develop recommendations and priorities to improve and protect water quality. [Volusia County, Seminole County, Lake County, SJRWMD, DEP] 19 Lake Beresford Park, DeLand Middle EE $1.5M John Harper A 210-acre pris tine property. Plans include trails, a fishing pier, an environmental learning center Volusia County directly linked to the history and w ildlife of the St. Johns River in Volusia County, camping cabins, (386) 736-5953 a picnic pavilion, restrooms, and an eco-lodge. Master plan being developed. [Volusia County] 20 Enterprise Utility w astewater treatment system (Stone Island) Middle WQ $2M Scott Mays The purpose of the project is to correct operational deficiencies in the plant operating system of Volusia County the Enterprise Wastewater Utility at Stone Island, for which Volusia County is anticipated to (386) 943-7027 assume responsibility by court order. The outcome of the project w ill be collection lines to serve the entire island and deliver the flows to an off -is land treatment facility. [Volusia County] 21 Volusia County Environmental and Natural History Educational Center at Lyonia Preserve Middle EE $160K Kelly McGee To enhance exis ting scrub jay habitat and five miles of trails, an education center would focus on Volusia County the ecology and management of scrub, associated flora and fauna, and importance of (386) 736-5927, ext. 2845 groundwater recharge. In design. [Volusia County] 22 Determ ine elevation (landward extent) of the St. Johns River in the Middle Basin Middle S TBD Robert King Friends of Lake Jesup (407) 365-3128 FLJesup@aol.com 24 Highbanks boat ramp Middle R $300K John Harper Currently, this is a "street end" boat ramp with limited parking. One lot is for sale next to the ramp. Volusia County Purchase of the lot and construction of recreational amenities, such as boardwalks, a fishing (386) 736-5953 area, restrooms, pic nic areas, parking, etc., are vital to preserving this access point. Completed improvements; were unable to purchase land. [Volusia County] 25 Lemon Bluff boat ramp park Middle R $550K John Harper Currently, there is a small parking lot associated with a single-lane boat ramp. The Florida Fish Volusia County and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is interested in partnering on this if additional land (386) 736-5953 can be acquired. Unable to acquire land. [Volusia County, FWC] C-7 27 Central Florida Zoological Park education exhibit: Days and Nights in the Life of the St. Middle EE $565K (¼ of Alice Weinberg Johns River total cost) Director of Development A !0,000-square-foot aquatic facility with exhibits highlighting reptiles, amphibians, fish, and (407) 323-4450, ext. 117 invertebrates as well as native and invasiv e non-native flora. Programming w ill include archaeology, zoology, ecology, botany, paleontology, economics, and population management. [Seminole County] 28 Lake Monroe Basin — Midway Subbasin Projects Flood Protection Project Middle S $700K Mark Flomerfelt A number of locations overtop during storm events and need ditch expansion or pipe Seminole County Stormw ater Management enlargement. This project implements part of the master plan proposed by Seminole County. year (407) 665-5709 Three to four projects are now under way. 2 of 8 [Seminole County, SJRWMD] 29 Lake Monroe Basin Flood Protection Project Middle S $500K Mark Flomerfelt Flood storage and structure remediation and replacement needs w ill be implemented. Evaluation matching Seminole County Stormw ater Management is complete; working on two projects. funds; (407) 665-5709 [Seminole County, SJRWMD] year 1 of 5 30 Lake Monroe Basin diagnostics Middle S $350K Tom Ziegler Complete a reconnaissance, flood assessment, and water quality and quantity study which SJRWMD includes survey, data analysis, hydraulics, hydrology, and water quality for the Lake Monroe year (386) 329-4359 Basin. The results of this effort will be used for the TMDL program for this basin. Evaluation is 1 of 3 tziegler@sjrw md.com complete; working on two projects. [Seminole County, City of Sanford, SJRWMD] 31 Ocoee land acquisition and restoration site on Lake Apopka Middle EC Scott Vandergrift Mayor, City of Ocoee (407) 656-7489 32 Jones Avenue retention pond Middle S $1.7M+E64 Penny Post An existing canal system drains into Lake Apopka with little treatment. A retention pond is needed Orange County Stormwater Management to retrofit the canal system. Need to get easements, then buy property; will take another 1–2 (407) 836-7747 years to complete. [Orange County Stormwater Management Department] 33 Lake Monroe pier — Sanford Middle R $2.5M Jay Marder The proposed concrete pier structure is to be located in the Fort Mellon Park area and may be City of Sanford considered to be an expansion of vestiges of old pier structures. The project will compliment a (407) 330-5679 proposed hotel/conference center (undergoing economic feasibility analysis) to be located at Fort Mellon Park. [City of Sanford] C-8 34 Eastern breakwater fishing pier — Sanford Middle R $518K Jay Marder Build upon the existing eastern breakwater structure to provide an approximately 1,000-foot-long City of Sanford wooden fishing pier with associated handrails, integral benches, lights, and amenities. (407) 330-5679 [City of Sanford] 35 Comprehensive assessment of Orange County drainage wells Middle WQ $500K Krishna Krishnamurthy This assessment is needed to quantif y the recharge from 400 drainage wells in Orange County Orange County Stormwater Management and to determine the water quality impacts and identify retrofit measures. Ongoing through Roads (407) 836-7990 and Drainage Division. [Orange County Stormwater Department] 36 Howell Branch Basin Stormwater Master Plan including Gee Creek Middle S $400K Mark Flomerfelt Many subdivisions within the City of Casselberry on the Triplet Chain of Lakes are in need of + $100K Seminole County stormwater quality retrofit design and construction. This would provide water quality and and attenuation for a basin that is contributing direct runoff to Gee Creek w ithout the benefit of any Krishna Krishanmurthy, upstream treatment or storage. Not being done. Funding is limited. Orange County Stormwater Management [Orange County, Seminole County] 37 Orange County nutrient analysis for pollutant loadings/determinations/solution Middle WQ $1M Rick Baird [Orange County] Orange County Environmental Protection (407) 836-1409 38 Lake Waunatta w ater quality and quantity remediation Middle WQ $150K Rod Lynn A study is under way by Orange County to identif y retrofit options for the Lake Waunatta Stormw ater Management watershed. This funding will implement the priority recommendations of the evaluation. In (407) 836-7990 process; to be completed by 11/03. [Orange County Stormwater Management Department] 39 Deep Creek Basin floodplain diagnostics Middle S $250K Complete a reconnaissance and floodplain study, whic h includes survey, data analysis, and hydraulics and hydrology. year [SJRWMD, Volusia County] 1 of 3 40 Lake Monroe Loop multi-use trail Middle R $5M Tom Scofield A 20-mile paved, multi-use trail in Volusia and Seminole counties. Three miles constructed to ??? Volusia County date. Funds needed for right-of-way and construction. (386) 822-5756 [Volusia County, Seminole County, City of Debary, City of Sanford] 41 Lake George Basin water quality assessment Middle WQ $75K Kelly McGee The Lake George w atershed is primarily composed of public lands. However, there are water Volusia County quality conditions that w ill require assessments to define the source of the unacceptable water. year (386) 736-5927, ext. 2845 [Volusia County] 1 of 5 C-9 42 Lake George Basin/Astor w aste treatment Middle WQ $1M loan, William Chandler, Jr. Phase II of the project includes the construction of facilities to service 1,250 customers. $5M grants Astor-Astor Park Water Association, Inc. [Astor-Astor Park Water Association] (904) 759-2260 43 Lake Jesup restoration: Lake Howell and Howell Creek initiative Middle WQ $100K Regina Lovings How ell Creek is the largest surface water source of nutrients to Lake Jesup. In order for Lake SJRWMD Jesup to rapidly benefit from w atershed improvements, the Lake Jesup Program has year (386) 329-4819 recommended that phosphorous containing sediments be capped. A whole lake alum treatment 1 of 2 firstname.lastname@example.org would provide immediate benefits by removing nutrients from the water column and, more important, w ould serve to cap phosphorous-containing sediments. Alum treatment w ill provide immediate benefits to Lake How ell and augment watershed improvements being undertaken by Seminole County. The combination of w atershed improvements and alum treatment w ill provide benefits to Lake Jesup through the reduction of loadings in Lake How ell. [SJRWMD] 44 Lake Jesup Basin: U.S. 17/92 stormwater retrofit Middle S $400K+ Mark Flomerfelt Tw o segments have been prioritized but not funded by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. (engineering) Seminole County Stormw ater Management These segments are from the Orange County line to Lake of the Woods Boulevard (Phase I) and (407) 665-5709 Shepard Road to Lake Mary Boulevard (Phase II). Suitable reconstruction of these roadway segments would greatly enhance stormwater treatment, reducing pollutant loading to Lake Jesup and promoting economic development along this important transportation corridor. Incorporated with FDOT road-widening project. [Seminole County] 45 Lake Jesup Basin — Howell Creek Tributary Basin flood protection projects Middle S $400K Mark Flomerfelt Approximately 20 locations w ithin Orange and Seminole counties have been identified for flood matching Seminole County Stormw ater Management protection improvements within the Howell Creek Basin. A master plan proposed by Seminole funds (407) 665-5709 County has been authorized through permit by the water management district to address the recurring drainage and flood control problems in the basin. Completed two projects.B75 [Seminole County, SJRWMD, Orange County] 46 Lake Jesup restoration: Tributary stormwater parks assessment and implementation Middle S $4.65M Regina Lovings The Lake Jesup program is developing a multi-level approach to lake restoration through nutrient SJRWMD load reductions, restoration of adjacent wetlands. and potential restoration of much of the historic year (386) 329-4819 flow patterns and exchanges with the St. Johns River. A significant proportion of the required 2 of 8 nutrient load reductions could be achieved through the creation of stormw ater parks on selected tributaries. This will include a mixture of settling ponds and constructed wetlands. [Seminole County, SJRWMD, Friends of Lake Jesup] C-10 47 Lake Monroe shoreline protection and w ater quality improvements — seawall restoration Middle S $4M Jay Marder Repair of seawall. Provide foundation for the Lake Monroe Riverwalk Project. Landscape City of Sanford architect/engineering consulting to provide links with downtown area. (407) 330-5679 [City of Sanford] email@example.com 48 Retrofit of stormwater drainage system and seaw all for U.S. 17/92 Middle S $3.4M Jay Marder System w ill include curb and gutters, a piped drainage system, and water quality retrofit City of Sanford structures. Remove unnecessary seawall and restore and re-vegetate natural shoreline. (407) 330-5679 [City of Sanford] firstname.lastname@example.org 49 Sem inole County greenway/blueway network Middle R Craig Shadrix The 85-mile netw ork of trails regionally links parks, schools, businesses, and shopping distric ts. Seminole County Seminole County has begun work on the project, but additional funds are needed. (407) 665-7343 [Seminole County] email@example.com 50 Lake Apopka planning initiative Middle EC Greg Golgowski Funding for implementation of an integrated plan for the basin which focuses on land use, ECFRPC recreation, stormw ater management, and economic development. Specif ic needs include (407) 623-1075 acquisition of greenways, trails, and recreation infrastructure and environmental education. [ECFRPC] 51 Volusia County “Tallow Busters” Middle EC $50K Kelly McGee Establish a volunteer program to eradicate invasive, exotic Chinese Tallow , similar to successful Volusia County Pepper Buster Program. Several eradic ation techniques will be explored and implemented. (386) 736-5927, ext. 2845 [Volusia County] 52 Econlockhatchee River Natural Resource and Agricultural Learning Center Middle EE $20K Rick Baird Orange County has purchased a parcel in the Econlockhatchee River Basin that is adjacent to a $2M Orange County Environmental Protection named tributary of the river and also adjacent to other publicly owned property. The county plans (407) 836-1409 to develop a low intensity center on the property to use for educational purposes. This funding, along w ith a match from the county, w ill be used for the design of the education center. [Orange County Environmental Protection Department] 53 Florida Water Center (Beck Ranch Water Resource Center) Middle EE $5.5K Betty Holness Multi-disciplinary institute dedicated to resolving water issues throughout the state through ($10M) Volusia County applied research and training. Joint public-private project. Florida Water Center w ill create (1) a (386) 736-5920 centralized, virtual library, (2) a coordinated clearinghouse for water-related research dollars to maximize benefit, (3) a venue for resolving water-related conflicts, and (4) a magnet for attracting an environmental learning center and co-located ecotourism and conference center. [Volusia County] C-11 54 Lake George Park Middle EE $1.5M John Harper Current facilities include a fishing pier, trails, and a pic nic area. This vast and pristine property Volusia County was purchased in conjunction with SJRWMD and w ould be an ideal location for a w ildlife viewing (386) 736-5953 area and an eco-lodge, including an environmental learning center and restrooms. Additional property has been purchased.B81 [Volusia County] 55 Shoreline E mergent revegetation and restoration — Sanford Marina Middle EC $300K Jay Marder Revegetate the northern shoreline of the Marina Isle in dow ntown Sanford w ith natural emergent City of Sanford species and stabilize and enhance the wetland edge. (407) 330-5679 [City of Sanford] firstname.lastname@example.org 56 Im pact assessment of underwater archaeological sites in the Middle St. Johns River Basin Middle HC $120K Tom Scofield Recent archaeological excavations have revealed that intact archaeological deposits exist in the Volusia County river's bottom. Artifacts and other organic remains that have been excavated under controlled (386) 822-5756 conditions are in an excellent state of preservation. This project will establish boundaries for know n underwater sites and assess existing and potential negative impacts such as dredging, boat traffic and pier construction. [Volusia County] 57 Archaeological Site Erosion Control Project Middle HC TBD Tom Scofield Seven signif icant archaeological sites located on the banks of the St. Johns River are being Volusia County slow ly destroyed by the effects of water erosion. This project would design and construct (386) 822-5756 structures for shoreline stabilization in an effort to reduce or eliminate the erosion problem. [Volusia County] 59 U.S. 17 scenic by-way designation and enhancement R TBD Tom Scofield Designate U.S. 17 as a scenic by-way as provided for in federal legislation. Project to include Volusia County design charettes for each community located in the corridor with subsequent design beautif ication (386) 822-5756 guidelines; creation of a guidebook; design and development of visitor centers; and creation of heritage and envir onmental exhibits w ith standardized format. [Volusia County] 60 The Volusia Trail Middle R TBD Jamie Seaman Create a countywide conceptual trace/trail that links environmental, historical, and cultural assets Volusia County in the community by utilizing scenic roadways, greenways, and multi-user trails, rivers/blueways, (386) 248-8058 and the beach. The RTCA process will result in community consensus on route, criteria for destinations, and implementation. This is the fir st step in a more regional effort to link communities along the St. Johns River. [Volusia County] C-12 61 Lake Monroe Park Middle R $1.2M John Harper This is an extremely busy park with facilities in dire need of repair and renovation. Expansion of Volusia County facilities w ould include an elevated boardwalk, additional fishing areas, a nature trail, w ildlife (386) 736-5953 view ing areas, etc. Under construction. [Volusia County] 62 Gem ini Springs/Lake Monroe Connector or the Hugh West Conservation Area Middle R $750K Bill Gardner Improvements to SJRWMD and Volusia County sites, including a trail system linking Gemini Volusia County Springs Park w ith Lake Monroe Park, and the Spring to Spring Trail. Other amenities w ould (386) 736-5953 include primitive camping, boardw alks, and w ildlife viewing areas. [Volusia County, SJRWMD] 64 Lake George boat ramp Middle R $650K John Harper To improve access on Lake George, area would include a boat ramp, parking, restrooms, a picnic Volusia County area, etc. Funding needed for land acquisition and facility development. (386) 736-5953 [Volusia County] 65 St. Johns River paddling trails Middle R TBD Tom Scofield This project would recogniz e and enhance existing paddling trail opportunities for canoeing and Volusia County kayaking enthusiasts. Tasks include designation of three paddling trails by federal or state (386) 822-5756 agencies, marking trails, development of primitive campsites, and a user guide. [Volusia County] 66 St. Johns equestrian path Middle R TBD Tom Scofield A proposed 45-mile equestrian path from Lake George Management Area to Beck Ranch, Volusia County sharing right-of-way w ith other trails. Four equestrian trailheads would be developed. (386) 822-5756 [Volusia County] 67 DeBary Hall outbuildings restoration Middle HC $90K Tom Scofield Three structures still require restoration: the ice house, stable, and artesian sw imming pool. Volusia County Needs include structural stabilization and repair, roof replacement, and repair of exterior fabric. (386) 822-5756 [Volusia County, City of Debary] 68 DeBary Hall, Phase II — Construction of Visitors Center building Middle HC $400K Tom Scofield Phase II w ill encompass the construction of administrative office space, a vis itor orientation room, Volusia County a gift shop, a small exhibit gallery, and storage space. (386) 822-5756 [Volusia County, City of DeBary] 69 DeBary Hall, Phase III — Visitor Interpretive Program Middle HC $50K Tom Scofield Interpretive programming and exhibits, associated with the construction of the proposed vis itor's Volusia County center. (386) 822-5756 [Volusia County, City of DeBary] C-13 70 DeBary Hall site improvements and handicap accessibility Middle HC $100K Tom Scofield Installation of facilities necessary to improve handicap accessibility at the site, restoration or Volusia County reconstruction of several historic landscape features, and installation of walkways, lighting, and (386) 822-5756 landscaping in the non-historic areas. [Volusia County, City of DeBary] 71 DeBary Hall outparcel acquisition Middle HC $750K Tom Scofield Volusia County (386) 822-5756 Septic tank phase-out in Jacksonville in priority areas Low er WQ Brad Thoburn, Director Target septic tank phase-out in tributaries that feed the St. Johns River to improve water quality. Intergovernmental Relations Provide support for low to moderate income residents. In progress. City of Jacksonville [City of Jacksonville] (904) 630-2851 email@example.com 1 Jacksonville Preservation Project Low er EC Brad Thoburn, Director Land acquisition in and around the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Some parcels are Intergovernmental Relations located in Category 1 hurricane evacuation zones. Also, the development of hiking trails, canoe City of Jacksonville circuits, and other amenities. A number of parcels have been purchased; canoe and hiking trails (904) 630-2851 are being developed. firstname.lastname@example.org [City of Jacksonville] 2 Brownfield redevelopment in Jacksonville Low er ED Brad Thoburn, Director In urban core near riv er and/or urban watershed. Under way. Intergovernmental Relations [City of Jacksonville] City of Jacksonville (904) 630-2851 email@example.com 3 Hogan’s Creek in Jacksonville Low er ED Brad Thoburn, Director Development of an urban greenway system utilizing existing tributaries connecting core city to Intergovernmental Relations historic neighborhoods. USACE has completed Preliminary Restoration Plan and is proceeding City of Jacksonville to Feasibility Study. EPA grants have been received; Urban Rivers Restoration Initiative proposal (904) 630-2851 submitted. firstname.lastname@example.org [City of Jacksonville] 4 Jacksonville w astewater treatment plant upgrades Low er WQ James Chancellor Funding is needed for nutrient removal at Jacksonville’s wastewater treatment plants. City of Jacksonville [City of Jacksonville] C-14 5 Jacksonville stormwater treatment ponds Low er S Brad Thoburn, Director Acquire land and construct regional stormw ater treatment ponds in old core city of Jacksonville Intergovernmental Relations (cost-share funding needed). City of Jacksonville [City of Jacksonville] (904) 630-2851 email@example.com 6 Channel improvements Low er WQ Brad Thoburn, Director Environmental cleanup/disposal and channel improvements along McCoy's Creek, Deer Creek, Intergovernmental Relations and East Longbranch. City of Jacksonville [City of Jacksonville] (904) 630-2851 firstname.lastname@example.org 7 Palatka Riverboat Low er HC $400K John Henley Pride of Palatka, Inc. (formerly, Palatka Riverboat), a nonprofit organization, is striving to secure (386) 325-7016 and operate a public-owned riverboat to conduct educational and recreational tours that fit the Seajay@GBSO.net theme of Palatka's riverfront heritage. Partial funding was obtained through the U.S. FHwA ferryboat funding; additional funding is being sought. 8 East Palatka septic tank phase-out Low er WQ Merton Provide access to sewage treatment for residents of East Palatka. Provide support for low to Putnam County Public Works moderate income residents. 9 Green Cove Springs Stormwater Plan Low er EC Cost-share implementation of stormw ater master planning and retrofitting to reduce flooding, pollutant loading, and sediment control. [City of Green Cove Springs] 10 Green Cove Springs shoreline restoration Low er EC Spring-fed stream park and St. Johns River shoreline restoration. [City of Green Cove Springs] 11 St. Johns County St. Johns River shoreline acquisition Low er EC John Reardon, Commissioner St. Johns County (904) 823-2402 email@example.com 12 St. Johns River Park Low er RT $200K Daniel Weimer, Supervisor Development of new ly acquired property for environmental education, fis hing, and habitat Recreation and Parks, St. Johns County restoration. (904) 471-6616 [St. Johns County] C-15 13 Anastasia Island, St. Johns County Low er Cost-share implementation of septic tank conversion to central treatment to reduce pollutant loadings and assist in reopening its closed shellfish harvesting areas. 14 Colem an Evans Wood Preserving Company Superfund pilot project Low er WQ $100K John Flow e, City of Jacksonville An 11-acre site w ith soil, sediment, and groundwater contamination w ith pentachlorophenol and (904) 630-3404 dioxin. The project will allow the city to facilitate site redevelopment through a land use plan firstname.lastname@example.org based on stakeholder input. [City of Jacksonville] 25 Fisheries Assessment Program for the LSJRB Low er WQ $550K Dean Campbell These funds w ill be used to establish a fisheries program w ithin the lower St. Johns River to SJRWMD develop baseline information regarding the health of this resource and to identify methods of (386) 329-4360 enhancing this resource. Fisheries resources within the Lower St. Johns River Basin have not dcampbell@sjrw md.com been adequately addressed through an ongoing, organized fisheries program similar to those in other estuaries and rivers. This project is a component of the SJRWMD Five-Year Restoration Plan. Ongoing projects funded by FDEP. [SJRWMD] 26 Palatka m illennium commemorative clock tower Low er ED $200K The design of the tower is compatible w ith the historic character of downtown Palatka. It w ill be 40 feet high, red bric k, and aligned w ith the points of the compass. Completed. [City of Palatka] 27 Palatka Riverfront improvements Low er ED $2M John Hodge Develop and expand the facilities of the exis ting Palatka Riverfront Park. The plan is designed to maintain an open view of the river and includes high-density, multi-use docking facilities, a special activities center, tour and riverboat docking, and a walkway to connect the north and south historic dis tricts. EDA funding has been obtained to support development of the plan. [City of Palatka] 28 Welaka riverfront Low er ED $500K Welaka Mayor Gordon Sands Construct improved city docking facilities for riverboat and other boating enterprises, expand parking facilities, and develop visitor accommodations to offer a walking area through the village. [City of Welaka] 29 Hogtown Creek Sediment Management Initiative, Orange Creek Basin Low er S $100K Theresa Scott, Director Geographic and geomorphic analysis for flood risk and sediment reduction in Hogtow n Creek. Gainesville Public Works This project will begin the process of developing a sustainable development model that includes (904) 354-5070 environmental, land use, and economic development parameters. email@example.com C-16 30 Multi-media educational resources on the history of the St. Johns River (proposal from Low er EE Naval Air Station Jacksonville) Develop suite of multi-media educational resources to enhance public and military personnel's understanding of the social history of the St. Johns River, an American Heritage River. 32 Old Palatka Water Works, Palatka Low er HC $600K Sonia Kuecker This engineering landmark is under rehabilitation to serve as a natural history museum and SJRWMD environmental education center. Some funding has been received from the state, but additional (386) 312-2330 funding is needed to complete the rehabilitation and to develop educational programs. firstname.lastname@example.org [City of Palatka] 33 Qui-Si-Sana Hotel, Green Cove Springs Low er HC Located on SR 17 two blocks from the river, this symbol of early 20th century tourism w as developed by J.C. Penney. Some funding has been received from the Florida Legislature, but additional funds are needed to complete rehabilitation of the facility and implement the reuse plan. 34 Walter Jones Park, Mandarin Low er HC Brad Thoburn, Director This farm remnant serves as a reminder of the importance of two Mandarin families w ho lived at Intergovernmental Relations the site from 1875. The City of Jacksonville acquired the property for use as an interpretive site City of Jacksonville and park and has received state matching funds for planning. Funds w ill be needed for (904) 630-2851 construction of the education and museum center and development of educational programs. email@example.com [City of Jacksonville] 35 Jacksonville Northbank Riverw alk Low er RT Brad Thoburn, Director Extend existing Riverwalk in downtown Jacksonville to provide additional cultural and economic Intergovernmental Relations benefits. City of Jacksonville [City of Jacksonville] (904) 630-2851 firstname.lastname@example.org 36 Mount Royal Museum and Cultural Center Low er HC $1.1M Richard Hamrick The Mount Royal Museum and Cultural Center w ill demonstrate how the American Indian culture (904) 467-3627 has enric hed the world, f or the fir st time representing the Timucua, a tribe long since gone. The email@example.com Living Village Center is dedicated to education and preservation of this highly civilized culture.[??] 37 St. Johns County — Bartram Scenic Highw ay promotion Low er HC John Reardon, Commissioner Runs along the St. Johns River, quite scenic and historic. In progress; state designation being St. Johns County sought. (904) 823-2402 firstname.lastname@example.org C-17 38 Crescent City waterfront improvements Low er ED $950K Nancy Harris, Putnam County commissioner Extend the existing downtown redevelopment streetscape improvements along Central Avenue to (386) 698-2776 the city dock and south along Lake Street to a new park, where a marina will be built, w elcoming email@example.com the boat traffic to Crescent City as at the turn of the last century. Have developed a stormwater management plan, built a WWTP off river; deed for park property being sought from school board. [Crescent City] 39 Timucuan Preserve trails Low er EC Brad Thoburn, Director Development of hiking trails, bike trails, birding observation towers, and canoe routes in the Intergovernmental Relations Timucuan Preserve. Als o, development of promotional materials. Under way. City of Jacksonville [City of Jacksonville] (904) 630-12851 firstname.lastname@example.org 40 Palatka downtown redevelopment projects Low er ED $7M Allen Bush In an effort to promote economic development in downtown Palatka, the city purchased the 100 Palatka City Manager block adjacent to U.S. Highw ay 17 and the St. Johns River, and plans to relocate residents of the adjacent "high rise.” The city will solicit proposals to implement a w aterfront development to bring people into the area. In progress; EDA grant has been obtained, RFP published, and consultant selected to begin development of a plan to improve the waterfront. [City of Palatka, Putnam County Chamber of Commerce] 41 Sweetwater Branch Stormwater Management Project Low er S $2–$6M Pegeen Hanrahan Treat stormwater prior to dis charge to Paynes Prairie. Former Gainesville City Commissioner [City of Gainesville] email@example.com 42 Depot Avenue Stormwater Park Low er WQ Pegeen Hanrahan Dow ntown water feature to treat urban runoff. Already have Brownfield designation, other funding. Former Gainesville City Commission [City of Gainesville] firstname.lastname@example.org 43 Pithlachoco trail system Low er EC Gainesville Environmental Protection Includes the land acquisition (including easements), planning, design, construction, and (352) 955-2442 management of a recreational trail system circling New nans Lake and connecting to the Gainesville-Haw thorne and Waldo Road Rail Trails. [Alachua County] 44 Newnans Lake restoration Low er WQ $5M land Gainesville Environmental Protection Muck removal, reduction in nutrient inputs, and land acquis ition (including easements) in and acquisition, (352) 955-2442 around Newnans Lake. $10M muck [Alachua County] removal C-18 45 Prairie Creek/River Styx Canoe Trail Low er RT $3M land Gainesville Environmental Protection This 5-mile canoe trail w ould include public access, navigability improvements, and land acquisition, (352) 955-2442 acquisition along these tw o connected water bodies connecting New nans Lake to Orange Lake. $500K [Alachua County] improvements 46 Lower St. Johns River Comprehensive Restoration Plan Low er WQ $150K Dana Morton Develop a "CCMP" style plan to coordinate and guide long-term restoration and resource per year for City of Jacksonville management issues along the river. In progress; will become a part of the overall plan for St. 3 years (904) 630-3128 Johns River restoration guided by the St. Johns River Alliance. email@example.com [City of Jacksonville, FDEP] *Category (column 4) Developed by Middle Basin Advis ory Committee, 2/25/00): S — stormwater, erosion and/or flooding control WQ — w ater quality WC — w ater conservation EC — ecological preservation/restoration EE — environmental education R — recreation HC — historical/cultural Added by Lower Basin Advisory Committee, 3/24/00: ED — economic development RT — recreation/touris m (similar to R above) C-19 Appendix D Draft Memorandum of Understanding D-1 St. Johns River Alliance Memorandum of Understanding between United States Environmental Protection Agency, State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council, and Subscribing Local Governments Whereas, the 310-mile-long St. Johns River in the State of Florida was officially designated an American Heritage River by the President of the United States on July 30, 1998, in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, and cultural significance; and Whereas, subsequent thereto, a Partnership Agreement was executed between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida which established the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative, provided for goals and objectives, provided for a Steering Committee for carrying out the goals and objectives of the program, provided for advisory committees, and provided for participation by federal agencies through the appointment of a River Navigator; and Whereas, the Steering Committee has worked with its primary partner, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and with other state and federal partners to raise awareness about the importance of restoration, conservation, and public access relating to the St. Johns River, culminating in a River Summit attended by over 1,500 people who expressed continued interest in a watershed restoration and enhancement effort; and Whereas, as a result of the River Summit, the St. Johns River Restoration Working Group was convened and concluded that the structure of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative provides the opportunity to convene a public-private partnership to further the goals of the American Heritage Rivers Program and the overall restoration goals of its partners through a new non-governmental organization; and Whereas, the new St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., will further the goals of the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative and the restoration goals of the Summit and promote, preserve, protect, restore, and celebrate the St. Johns River in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, recreational, and cultural significance, so that the public may gain a greater appreciation and understanding of its importance to the quality of life of current and future generations. D-2 Now therefore, the parties hereto, do agree as follows: 1. The American Heritage Rivers Initiative Partnership Agreement between the St. Johns River community, state, regional, and federal agencies, dated December 15, 1999. 2. It is mutually agreed that the signatory partners, being those federal agencies, state agencies, regional agencies, and local governments which enter into this agreement, support the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative, a public-private partnership supporting conservation and restoration of the St. Johns River together with promoting ecological, historical, and cultural resources along the St. Johns River. 3. The parties hereto shall cause to be formed the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit, federal-tax-exempt corporation to facilitate intergovernmental and public support, whose mission will be to promote, preserve, protect, and celebrate the St. Johns River as an American Heritage River in recognition of its ecological, historic, economic, recreational, and cultural significance, and to further conservation and restoration efforts so that the public may gain a greater appreciation for its importance to the quality of life of current and future generations. 4. Each of the state and local agencies that subscribe to this agreement agrees to appoint an individual to serve at its pleasure on the board of directors of the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., pursuant to the Articles of Incorporation and the bylaws of the corporation. 5. The parties hereto acknowledge that the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., may seek grants, contracts, and other agreements among the supporting agencies and from other agencies, foundations, and donors to further its mission. The parties also acknowledge that the entity created by this agreement may advocate specific policy initiatives before public agencies which are signatories to this agreement, subject to limitations set forth in the Internal Revenue Code. 6. This agreement contemplates that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to employ a River Navigator who will, consistent with his or her official duties, be staff coordinator for the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., and may supervise employees and contractors of the Alliance. 7. The parties continue to acknowledge that no part of the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative or this agreement, or the creation of the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., constitutes any change in the existing land use, water use, or water and air quality controls enacted by federal, state, or local governments with jurisdiction over or along the St. Johns River; nor shall this agreement be construed to beneficially or adversely affect the property rights D-3 of land owners; nor shall it impede affected state, local, or federal governments from fully exercising any regulatory authority they may already have or hereafter acquire independent of this agreement. It is not intended to transfer funds to or from the federal agencies that are signatories to the agreement. 8. Public/Private Partnership Structure A. Steering Committee. The Board of Directors of the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., shall assume the role of the Steering Committee for the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative as set forth under the original partnership agreement. The membership of the committee shall consist of the following: An individual appointed by the Mayor of Jacksonville An individual appointed by the County Commission or Council of each of the following counties: Clay, St. Johns, Putnam, Lake, Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Indian River An individual appointed by the North Florida Regional Planning Council and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (one each) A representative appointed by each district director for the Northeast Florida and Central Florida districts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Nine citizens elected by the Board of Directors, being equally divided between the upper, middle, and lower basins of the St. Johns River. The citizens shall be dedicated to support the mission of the organization and generally represent conservation, education, science, and business interests relating to the St. Johns River. B. Advisory Committees. Advisory committees shall be established for each of the three basins of the river (lower, middle, and upper, as defined by the St. Johns River Water Management District) to identify needs and priorities for their respective portions of the river. For each of the basins there shall be a technical advisory committee and a citizen advisory committee. Membership of these advisory committees will be set forth in the bylaws of the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc. The advisory committees shall make recommendations to the Steering Committee. C. Planning and Management Committee. There shall be a Planning and Management Committee consisting of representatives of the basin advisory committees, as more particularly set forth in the bylaws, which shall D-4 organize and synthesize information from the basin advisory committees for presentation to the Board. D. Federal Agencies. The National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4332(g), authorizes federal agencies to provide states, counties, municipalities, institutions, and individuals with advice and information useful in restoring, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of the environment. Executive Order 13061 establishes the American Heritage Rivers Initiative and encourages agencies to support community efforts under the Initiative. Federal agencies included in this agreement are the Department of Agriculture (Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Rural Development), Department of Commerce (Economic Development Administration), Department of Defense (Army Corps of Engineers), Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of the Interior (National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Geological Survey), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Small Business Administration, and any other signatory federal departments or agencies that could assist in carrying out and implementing priorities and plans defined by the river community. Upon request, federal signatory agencies may provide programmatic and technical advice to the steering and advisory committees, to the extent such advice is consistent with a federal agency's authorities and funding. E. State and Regional Agencies. The state agency is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It is anticipated that there will be continued support from the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council and any other state departments, agencies, and programs that could assist in carrying out and implementing priorities and plans defined by the river community. Besides serving on the Steering Committee as described above, state and regional signatory agencies will provide programmatic and technical advice to the steering and advisory committees, when requested. F. Sponsoring Federal Agency — Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the sponsor agency of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative. EPA has broad authority under environmental statutes to cooperate with state and local governments and private agencies in efforts to protect the environment. EPA will continue to appoint a River Navigator to serve as liaison to the Alliance. G. River Navigator. The role of the River Navigator shall be to (1) provide information regarding the availability of federal assistance for projects which support the river community's plan and priorities for the St. Johns River, (2) serve as liaison between the river community, the federal government, the state and local governments, and private sector interests, D-5 (3) provide other informational services, (4) offer technical advice, and (5) serve as a community facilitator. H. Membership Expansion and Cooperative Assistance. Any organization that offers assistance to the St. Johns River community in implementing plans consistent with the goals of the American Heritage Rivers Initiative may become a party to this agreement with the concurrence of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee may request assistance from all federal, state, and local agencies and programs, regardless of membership status, that, in the opinion of the Committee, would advance the purposes of the St. Johns River designation as an American Heritage River. This document in no way restricts any individuals or agencies party to this agreement from participating in similar activities wi th any public or private agencies, organizations or individuals. 9. Goals and Responsibilities The goals of the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., will be to foster appropriate action to conserve, restore, and enhance the St. Johns River and improve the quality of life in communities along its banks. As appropriate, the federal and state partners will assist the community in identifying possible funding and/or cost-share sources to support projects and programs identified by the river community to improve the river; will provide technical support to the river community; will coordinate federal and state efforts through a partnership to support the vision and goals of the river community; and will facilitate outreach and information on American Heritage Rivers projects. 10. Evaluation of Success The signatories agree to periodically review progress made under this agreement and renegotiate the agreement, if necessary, to ensure that the American Heritage Rivers partnership effort is meeting the river community's needs. 11. Terms and Modifications of the Agreement This agreement shall be effective when signed by all parties for five years from that date. Any party may recommend modifications to this agreement. However, the modifications will be effective only upon written concurrence of a majority of signatories hereto. 12. St. Johns River Alliance, Inc. Attached hereto is a copy of the Articles of Incorporation of the St. Johns River Alliance, Inc., the non-governmental organization to be created to establish the framework for the public-private partnership to carry out the goals, objectives, and programs of the St. Johns River American Heritage Rivers Initiative as set forth in this agreement. D-6 13. Termination Any party may withdraw from this agreement at any time, providing sixty days notice is given to the other parties. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, THE PARTIES HERETO HAVE EXECUTED THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES LISTED BELOW: _______________________________ _______________________________ Mayor Administrator, Region IV City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Agency _______________________________ _______________________________ Chair, Northeast Florida Chair Regional Planning Council Lake County Commission _______________________________ _______________________________ Chair, East Central Florida Chair Regional Planning Council Volusia County Council _______________________________ _______________________________ Chair Chair Clay County Commission Seminole County Commission _______________________________ _______________________________ Chair Chair St. Johns County Commission Brevard County Commission _______________________________ _______________________________ Chair Chair Putnam County Commission Orange County Commission _______________________________ _______________________________ Chair Chair Flagler County Commission Indian River County Commission _______________________________ Chair Osceola County Commission D-7
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