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Simply covering your pool with a pool cover (otherwise known as a solar cover or thermal blanket) helps the environment in the following ways: it keeps both water and heat from evaporating at dramatic rates and it helps keep pool chemicals, if you use them, from polluting the air.
 

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Watering Restrictions

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Allowed watering times:
12:00 midnight to 10:00 am, or 4:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.

Allowed watering days:
Thursday & Sundays = Even numbered and no numbered addresses.
Wednesday & Saturday = Odd numbered addresses.

For more details on watering restrictions in your area, please check with your city management.

 

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Goodwill tour of the St. Johns
Group 2 Supervisor River RatSteve Barnes is traveling down and up the St. Johns River from Sanford to Jacksonville and back in his sailboat River Rat. He's getting to know the people who live and work on the water. And, he's blogging about his experiences along the way. If you want to follow his trip on line, check out www.sjrmag.com!
 
Mirage a look at water crisis throughout the American East

 

 Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.

This study of the freshwater-supply crisis in Florida takes a detailed look at the relentless pressure of development and burgeoning human populations on natural water supplies, in a study that examines the history of the crisis, public policy initiatives, and potential solutions.

 

Florida’s parched swamps and sprawling subdivisions set the stage for a look at water crisis throughout the American East, from water-diversion threats in the Great Lakes to tapped-out freshwater aquifers along the Atlantic seaboard.

Part investigative journalism, part environmental history, Mirage shows how the eastern half of the nation – historically so wet that early settlers predicted it would never even need irrigation – has squandered so much of its abundant fresh water that it now faces shortages and conflicts once unique to the arid West.

Told through a colorful cast of characters including Walt Disney, Jeb Bush and Texas oilman Boone Pickens, Mirage ferries the reader through the key water-supply issues facing America and the globe: water wars, the politics of development, inequities in the price of water, the bottled-water industry, privatization, and new-water-supply schemes.

In the twentieth century, all Americans footed the bill for enormous dams and reservoirs that subsidized development in the bone-dry west. Barnett shows how in the twenty-first, U.S. taxpayers, whether they know it or not, are funding huge new waterworks such as desalination plants to quench the population shift underway to the nation’s Sunbelt.

From its calamitous opening scene of a sinkhole swallowing a house in Florida to its concluding meditation on the relationship between water and the American character, Mirage is a compelling and timely portrait of the use and abuse of freshwater in an era of rapidly vanishing natural resources.

 
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AGENDA for SSWCD Workshop Nov 11 2008 at 5:00 PM

at the Ag. Ext Office, 250 West County Home Road  Sanford, Fl.

A.)    Update on What Tim will be discussing with CALNO Group at their Dec 3 meeting

B.)  Projects & Direction for 2009

C.)  Goal or project of what they would like to accomplish for 2009

D.)  Notification of not attending a Scheduled Board meeting

E.)   Update on our wonderful new web site

F.)   Set a Date to clean up storage bin

AGENDA for SSWCD Board Meeting, Nov 11, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Location same as above

      Call to order

      Roll Call

1.      Approval of Agenda

2.      Introduction of Supervisors and Associate Supervisors 

3.      Introduction of guests and volunteers

4.      Remarks by guests, if requested, 5 minutes each

5.      Secretary's Report

6.      No Approved  Minutes from Oct 14meeting at Casselberry  as we did not have a quorum and canceled Oct 28th meeting due to schedule

7.      Treasurer’s Report

8.      Supervisor’s Reports, 5 minutes each

9.      Chair’s Report, 5 minutes

10.  Old Business

A.)Vicky butterfly garden at Hamilton Elementary 4C Head Start

B.) Fundraiser

C.)

11.  New Business

A.)An item related to growing membership in our non-profit, both as a fundraising tool and as a way to get the community more involved in water issues

B.)) Push for new leadership/involvement among young people and the need for more associate supervisors    with connections to various community groups

C.).) Update on my plans to tour the St. Johns River by boat in order to build relationships along the river. This    will be an important effort if we are to avoid future water wars and build good will for future negotiations regarding water sharing and conservation. Please bring some ideas for the message we will share with government, business and environmental leaders along the river

     D.) Thank you to voters for entrusting me with this important task

     E.)  AFCD and lobby and possible work with SSWCD to put together a legislative program and plan to send a representative or two to Tallahassee to lobby for our positions. Possible a representatives from Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Lake to have a stronger voice.

Next Meeting: December 16th at same location

12.  Announcements               Adjourn

 
Push for Yankee Lake pump feels like another public scam

October 16, 2008
Push for Yankee Lake pump feels like another public scam
By ERIC WEST
COMMUNITY VOICE

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Many of us suffer the same anger and disappointment when we learn that our elected officials or government agencies have not been pretending to work on our behalf but are doing the opposite. Such a sad episode is playing out right now in Sanford, where an administrative judge is hearing the case against allowing the St. Johns River Water Management District and Seminole County to construct a facility at Yankee Lake to remove water from the St. Johns River.
 
Fighting this are St. Johns County, Jacksonville and the St. Johns Riverkeeper (a nonprofit organization formed to help protect the river). The water management district and Seminole County want to build a water plant with capacity to pump 5.5 million gallons a day from the river to supply irrigation and potable water to the northern sectors of Seminole County, most notably, the most water inefficient community in all of the district's purview -- Heathrow. 
 

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The meeting for October 28th has been canceled due to a schudling issues, out next meeting will be Nov 11th.
 
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