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February/March 2015


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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.

February/March District Governing Board

In February and March, the Governing Board continued an ongoing, productive dialogue on the direction of ecosystem restoration in South Florida. The District is focused on completing planned projects that will improve water quality and increase water storage throughout our region. This approach is producing tangible, timely results... more

SFWMD Details Restoration Project Progress

Recognizing that a healthy ecosystem is vital to a healthy economy, the South Florida Water Management District is making significant progress on dozens of initiatives and projects to improve water quality and increase storage...more

Annual Environmental Report Highlights Restoration Progress, State of the South Florida Ecosystem

On March 1, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District released the 2015 South Florida Environmental Report detailing a year of science, engineering and environmental restoration progress to improve the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee Basin and South Florida coastal areas. The 2015 report marks the 17th year of unified, streamlined environmental reporting by the two agencies...more

SFWMD Approves Massive Pump Station to Help Protect St. Lucie River

With construction progressing on a 6,300-acre wetland to clean water headed for the St. Lucie River and Estuary, the South Florida Water Management District in March approved a contract to build the massive pump station needed to move water into its connected water storage reservoir...more

In the News

SFWMD Ramps Up Pumping at Water Storage Areas
Corbett Berm Construction Set to Begin for Flood Protection
SFWMD Highlights Water Conservation with Expo and Vendor Fair
SFWMD, Audubon Bird-Watching Tours Spread Wings Wider

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

"Moving Water South" web tracker... more

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This Month in Photos

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


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

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

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

April 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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