Water management official speaks to Sheriff’s Net

Doug Conkey, an intergovernmental coordinator with the St. Johns River Water Management District, and Clay County Sheriff Michelle Cook at the July 27 meeting of the Sheriff’s Net at St. William Catholic Church. Photo: Dan Hildebran, Telegraph Staff Writer.

Telegraph Staff Writer

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS— An intergovernmental coordinator with the St. Johns River Water Management District presented what he called Water Management 101 to the Sheriff’s Net at Keystone’s St. William Catholic Church on July 27.

Doug Conkey, a retired Navy pilot and former Clay County commissioner and Clay Chamber president talked about the four critical missions of the organization: water supply, water quality, flood control and natural resources.

“I was really kind of letting them know that we have many facilities out there to serve the citizens,” he said after the gathering. “We have our recreation areas, which are open to the public. Our lab is internationally known for the amount of data it collects, and it’s available on our website so people can go in if they want to know nutrient levels or water levels.”

Conkey also discussed the district’s permitting process, cost-share programs, and the Black Creek Water Resource Development Project.

The Black Creek Project is designed to recharge the Floridan Aquifer and restore Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva water levels in Keystone Heights.

“It’s a high-interest project in this area he said.