Environment

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER Launches River Friendly Campaign

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER Launches River Friendly Campaign

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER and its community partners are launching an exciting new education campaign to raise awareness about the impact of our actions upon the health of the St John River and to inform and inspire people to adopt river-friendly lifestyle practices.   The goal of the River Friendly Education and Awareness Campaign is to provide the public with informative resources and tools that will help them make more informed choices to better protect their St. Johns River. 

Time Change This Weekend Means Lawn Watering Change

Time Change This Weekend Means Lawn Watering Change

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 'Spring forward' this weekend is also a reminder to residents to change the batteries in smoke detectors and change the settings on home irrigation systems.

During the standard time that has prevailed since we 'fell back' in November, watering has been allowed only once per week, on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on even or odd-numbered addresses.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, that changes.

With the scorching sun beaming down more directly on Florida, lawns need more water, so the state allows irrigation systems to be used twice per week during Daylight Saving Time.

The St. Johns River Water Management District has established the standards for water usage, which are:

Watering Restrictions Change with Daylight Savings Time

Watering Restrictions Change with Daylight Savings Time

St. Johns County landscape irrigation rules will change on Sunday, March 13th when residents set their clocks forward with the daylight savings time change. Starting Sunday, residents living in odd number homes, or homes without an address, will be allowed to use water for landscape irrigation on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Even number homes will be allowed to use water for landscape irrigation on Thursday’s and Sunday’s. Non-residential property will be allowed to use water for landscape irrigation on Tuesday’s and Friday’s.   

N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1.  This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

Spotted seatrout harvest is prohibited in February in Atlantic Ocean waters north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to the Florida-Georgia border and in Gulf of Mexico waters north of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17 miles south of the Pinellas/Pasco county line, to the Florida-Alabama border.  This one-month closure helps maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

Community Collection Day at Pedro Menendez High School

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, February 26th, from 8:00 am until noon at Pedro Menendez High School, located at 600 State Road 206 West in St. Augustine. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

FWC Proposes Increase to Red Drum Bag Limit in Northern Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Wednesday proposed a draft rule that would raise the recreational daily red drum bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  In addition, the FWC is proposing to create three regional management areas for red drum and establish a statewide eight-fish red drum daily vessel limit.  The Commission also intends to develop ways to modify the red drum off-the-water possession limit.