“Outstanding Florida Springs of the St. Johns River System”

Mr. Fitzgerald has been involved in natural resource protection and management for over 30 years. He has served in the state capital as the Bureau Chief of State Lands Management in the former Florida Department of Natural Resources, as the Assistant Director of the Florida Conservation Association and is currently serving as the Director of the Springs Protection Initiative with the St. Johns River Water Management District.

In his 23-year career at the district, Mr. Fitzgerald served primarily as the Assistant Director of the Department of Water Resources overseeing regional ecosystem restoration programs for the St. Johns River, Indian River Lagoon, Lake Apopka and the Harris Chain of Lakes, among others. His current role is as the Director of the district’s Springs Protection Initiative.

Mr. Fitzgerald has also held numerous advisory posts, such as: Chair, Alachua County Environmental Protection Advisory Committee; Vice-chair, State of Florida Consumer Fertilizer Task Force; Member, State of Florida Pollutant Trading Policy Advisory Committee; and Board of Directors, Florida Stormwater Association.