Taylor Creek Reservoir is just one example of Deseret Ranch's dedication to forming regional partnerships focused on providing water supply to the region. Taylor Creek Reservoir was constructed in the 1960’s as a federal project and floods up to 4,000 acres of Deseret land. The reservoir was made possible by the Ranch’s cooperation and donation of land as a flood easement, and the express purpose of the project was for flood control and agricultural irrigation supply. Deseret Ranch currently uses water from the Taylor Creek Reservoir system to irrigate row crops such as corn. The reservoir has also supplied drinking water to the City of Cocoa and other coastal communities for more than 20 years.
Now growth in surrounding municipalities has created additional demand for potable water supplies, and those communities have tried to identify where they will get water for future populations. As groundwater supplies are already mostly allocated, the St. Johns River Water Management District has determined that future demands should be met by alternative water supply projects like the Taylor Creek Reservoir.
Deseret Ranch is working with numerous neighboring utilities to expand the surface water supply that comes from the Taylor Creek Reservoir. The reservoir level will be raised and operating schedule changed to make more water available year-round. New yield from the reservoir will increase water supply for crops and allow Deseret to continue farming locally. New yield from the reservoir will also be used by surrounding utilities to meet the needs of current and future residents in Brevard, Orange, and Osceola counties.
Deseret believes that no matter when and where new Floridians come to the State, growth should be anticipated, well-planned, and sustainable. This reservoir project is a unique cooperative effort between Deseret Ranch and surrounding municipalities to plan for future water needs, both urban and agricultural.