Central Florida Water Initiative

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Tuesday, St. Johns River water managers nearly unanimously approved a controversial plan to handle Central Florida’s looming water shortage.

For years, a consortium of water planners took input from agricultural, residential and conservationist stakeholders to craft what they call a balanced plan.

Northeast Florida river advocates are complaining their data is wrong.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Northeast Florida lawmakers are opposing a plan for Central Florida to withdraw more than 150 million gallons of water from the St. Johns River every day.

The Duval County Legislative Delegation passed their mostly symbolic resolution Thursday.

Conservationists are applauding the delegation’s move.


The Central Florida Water Initiative has put forward a plan to withdraw hundreds of millions of gallons of water from the St. Johns River to supply development in the Orlando area. This plan is being fiercely opposed by officials here in Jacksonville, including Mayor Lenny Curry's administration and the St. Johns Riverkeeper. We discuss this battle over water with Brian Teeple, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.


Shannon LeDuke / WJCT

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he opposes a draft water plan that includes a possible withdrawal of water from the St. Johns River.

The draft plan is part of a larger strategy to deal with a projected shortfall in central Florida drinking water.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry sent a letter opposing the St. Johns River withdrawals to the Central Florida Water Initiative, a consortium of water managers and stakeholders, the last day of extended public comment on its draft plan.

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It used to be Florida had more water than it knew what to do with. No more. Now Floridians are worried they could run out of water.