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The St. John’s River Water Management District looked within to find their new executive director. Mike Register replaces Ann Shortelle who headed up the district for many years.
During Shortelle’s tenure her governing board and thus her leadership was tainted by repeated and ongoing ethics issues led by member John Miklos.
Read the original article here at the SJWMD website.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board Names New Executive Director
PALATKA, Fla., Sept. 14, 2021–The St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Governing Board today unanimously appointed Michael A. Register, P.E., as the District’s Executive Director.
“We are pleased to welcome Mike into the Executive Director role and confident he will seamlessly carry on our successful work on behalf of Florida’s water and natural resources,” said SJRWMD Governing Board Chairman Gen. Douglas Burnett. “Mike’s proven dedication and leadership will strengthen our partnerships, further invigorate our investments and continue our focus on projects crucial to Florida’s future. I am grateful for the strong successor we have in Mike to the proven and effective leader we had in Dr. Ann Shortelle.”
“I am honored by the Governing Board’s confidence and the opportunity to lead the team of dedicated people that is the St. Johns River Water Management District,” said Michael Register, P.E. “I am committed to continuing the District’s legacy of excellence through cost-share investments, promotion of alternative water supplies, innovative programming to protect our natural systems and resiliency initiatives in our District’s coastal communities.”
Mike Register has been with the St. Johns River Water Management District since 1990. During his tenure with the district, he has worked in a variety of areas, including environmental resource permitting, consumptive use permitting, water supply planning, engineering and environmental sciences. As director of the Division of Water Supply Planning and Assessment, he was responsible for overseeing the Bureau of Watershed Management and the Bureau of Water Supply Planning. These work groups are responsible for performing surface water and groundwater modeling, developing minimum flow and levels (MFLs) and prevention/recovery strategies, and conducting the district’s water supply planning efforts.
Register holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida.