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SJRWMD, UF to conduct technical meeting to discuss springs science progress

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Scientists and engineers from the St. Johns River Water Management District and the University of Florida are holding a technical meeting March 10 at district headquarters in Palatka to discuss the progress of the district's Springs Protection Initiative science program.

The meeting is a semi-annual event that includes the lead researchers from the six collaborative workgroups involved in the three-year scientific investigation.

This meeting will provide status updates of the research components and a forum for coordination leading to preparation of the final reports. Major findings will not be announced at this meeting.

At its conclusion, this investigation will have developed a sound scientific foundation necessary to identify and prioritize the most cost-effective implementation projects and programs to improve the health of Florida's springs and their ecosystems.

The team includes experts on groundwater hydrology, surface water hydrology, nitrogen biogeochemistry, hydrodynamics and hydraulics, physicochemistry and biology.

The Springs Science Technical Team Meeting is set for 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., March 10, 2017, at SJRWMD headquarters, Governing Board Room, 4049 Reid St., Palatka, FL 32177.

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