Water district acquires Rainbow River Ranch property

Rainbow River

Purchase made in partnership with Nature Conservancy

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

County names new Growth Management Director

Mark A. Green, new Growth Management Department Director
The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-0 to accept Mark A. Green as the county's new Growth Management Director.
Green comes to Citrus County from Brooksville, where he worked as the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Springs & Environmental Flows Manager.

CERT trailers delivered

The Citrus County Sheriff's office has received deliver of four CERT Trailers. Shown with them is Bret Jordan, oversees the initial training of the CERT volunteers and coordinates their activities. (December 19, 2016)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has taken delivery of four trailers to be used by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for emergency missions in the field or during special events.

The trailers were obtained through grants along with much of the equipment inside.

Standing with two of the trailers is Sheriff’s Emergency Management Planner Bret Jordan. Bret oversees the initial training of the CERT volunteers and coordinates their activities.

Weather to get dicey soon

Tropical Storm Hermine is now forecasted to make landfall early Friday morning in Taylor County. Citrus is under a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch. The Hurricane Watch is for the coastal part of the county. Citrus can expect a 3-5ft AGL (above ground level) surge. Tropical storm force winds and gust possible Thursday afternoon and night, mainly in the rain bands. Expect rain through Friday of 6-10” and isolated 15” in parts of the area. There is a tornado threat today through Thursday night.

Armstrong appointed head of SWFWMD

Brian Armstrong, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board appointed Brian Armstrong as executive director at today’s monthly Board meeting.

Robert Beltran, who announced his resignation earlier this month, will stay on temporarily to assist in the transition.

Beltran was appointed to serve as the District’s executive director in September 2013, and is returning to the private sector.

SWFWMD to restore eroded Three Sisters shoreline

A manatee feeds on tree roots at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Fla.

By SWFWMD Water Matters Blog writer

Surrounding the crystal waters of Three Sisters Springs, visitors can easily spot exposed tree roots and an eroded shoreline.


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