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Rainfall raises groundwater levels in one year

10:07 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Daniel Jimenez of Jacksonville has noticed he hasn't had to water his grass as much.

"Not this year at least," he said, looking at his yard.

That's because of all the rain.  

However, the rain can sometimes hamper cutting the grass.

"I only got about half of the yard done before the rain got me," Jimenez said. 

His neighbors say the rain has kept their grass growing.

Jimmy Dyrlie lives down the street and he noted, "I was going to cut the yard but it's a little saturated."  It had just poured.

According to the St. Johns River Water Management District, the area is still about three inches below normal for the last 12 months.

"Compared to the year before that and the year before that, that's good news," said Teresa Monson, spokesperson for the St. Johns River Water Management District. 

That's good enough to raise the groundwater levels.

Groundwater levels have gone from very low to normal in many parts of northeast Florida from May 2012 to May 2013, according to the water management district.

"We're actually about as close to normal rainfall as we have been for close to a decade," Monson noted. 

However, all those water restriction ads from the St. Johns River Water Management District have dried up. They don't even play any more.

It's not because the restrictions are gone -- it's because government funding has slowed to a trickle.

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