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September 2014


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Daniel O'Keefe
Governing Board Chairman

Welcome to The Ripple Effect, the South Florida Water Management District's monthly electronic newsletter that covers the latest water news — straight from the source.

September District Governing Board

September was a watershed month for project construction in South Florida as the Governing Board approved three restoration-related contacts, including the second-largest single construction award in the District's history. We appreciate the financial commitment from Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature that allows us to accelerate work on these and other projects that benefit our coastal communities and improve Everglades water quality... more

2015 Budget Includes State Support to Protect and Restore the Everglades, Coastal Estuaries

At a public hearing on Sept. 23, the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board adopted a $720.4 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The annual budget funds the agency's core flood control and water supply missions as well as its continued progress to restore and protect the South Florida ecosystem... more

Construction Set to Begin on Wetlands to Clean Water for St. Lucie River

A former citrus operation in Martin County is set to become a 6,300-acre wetland to clean local stormwater runoff before it reaches the St. Lucie River and Estuary... more

SFWMD Awards Construction Contracts to Improve Everglades Water Quality

Work is set to begin on two structures that will route water where it can be stored and cleaned as part of Governor Rick Scott's Restoration Strategies plan to improve Everglades water quality... more

In the News

SFWMD Approves Investment in Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program
SFWMD Begins Accepting Funding Applications for WaterSIP

Water Drops

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Up-to-the-Minute Weather Conditions... more

What you can do to Save Water... more

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This Month in Photos

View restoration and water management images from around the District...more


October 2
Water Resources Advisory Commission Meeting
9 a.m., SFWMD B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

October 9
Governing Board Meeting
9 a.m., SFWMD B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

October 15
Public Meeting to Discuss Regulatory Matters
10 a.m., SFWMD B-1 Storch Conference Room, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

October 20
Senate Bill 536 – Florida Department of Environmental Protection Workshop
1 p.m., SFWMD B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

October 21
Big Cypress Basin Board Meeting
9 a.m., Collier County Board of County Commissioners Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail East – 3rd Floor, Naples

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