About the
Suwannee
River
Partnership


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The Suwannee River Partnership provides research-based solutions that protect and conserve the water resources within the Suwannee River Basin and Coastal Rivers Basin. We are comprised of a diverse group of individuals from federal, state, regional and local governments, as well as farmers, residents, agricultural and environmental associations. Working together, we can be an effective partner in advocating for our water quality and conservation for all citizens.

Since 1999, the partnership has been working to reduce pollution and protect the water in the Suwannee Valley. Water is essential to our environment, economy, health and even our happiness. The strength of the partnership is the diverse group of partners that work together in the best interest of our water and the citizens of our region.

Our Mission

To provide research-based solutions that protect and conserve the water resources within the Suwannee River Basin and Coastal Rivers Basin, including the implementation of voluntary or incentive-based programs.

Our Vision

To be an effective partnership advocating for water quality and conservation for all citizens of the Suwannee River Basin and Coastal Rivers Basin.

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The Suwannee Valley is home to more than 340,000 people and more than 8,500 farms. Learn more about how the Suwannee River Partnership connects our community together to preserve our water through innovation and support on farms, at homes and in schools.
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Committee & Staff

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Suwannee River Water Management District

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER

Kelley Aue

SUWANNEE RIVER PARTNERSHIP OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Kelly works with partners on outreach and education efforts and facilitates any meetings of the partnership.

Suwannee River Partnership Ag Technicians

Our seven ag technicians work with producers to identify all BMPs that are applicable to their operation and document the BMPs on the Notice of Intent to Implement BMPs (NOI) and BMP Checklist. The BMP Checklist will serve as the basis for subsequent implementation verification site visits to verify the proper implementation of the BMPs.

Partners Testimonials

"The Suwannee River Partnership has provided a good way for our agency to reach local stakeholders who can help us achieve our water quality restoration goals. Our collaboration has allowed us to get valuable information to folks in the basin."

- Julie Espy, Florida Department of Environmental Services -

"The members of the Suwannee River Partnership is comprised of key stakeholders with extensive knowledge and background in natural resources that are invaluable to the community. Government agencies, private sector organizations, agricultural industry and homeowners participate in the Partnership to address water quality and water quantity issues within North Florida."

- Hugh Thomas, Executive Director, Suwannee River Water Management District -

"The benefit of the Suwanee River Partnership is that it brings the talents, skills and knowledge from a wide variety of stakeholders and agencies to solve the problems of this area...the impact that has is to help collectively identify the priorities that need to be addressed, and to figure out who around the table can make those happen."

- Bob Hochmuth, Assistant Center Director, UF/IFAS North Florida Research & Education Center - Suwannee Valley -

"The benefit of the Suwanee River Partnership is that it brings the talents, skills and knowledge from a wide variety of stakeholders and agencies to solve the problems of this area...the impact that has is to help collectively identify the priorities that need to be addressed, and to figure out who around the table can make those happen."

- Chris Pettit, Director of Agricultural Water Policy, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services -

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