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SFWMD eNewsletter – November 2015

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Photo of Daniel O'KeefeThe SFWMD is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts, managing water resources in a 16-county region that stretches from Orlando to the Florida Keys. The agency's original mission was to provide flood control for South Florida residents by operating what has become one of the largest water management systems in the world. Today, our responsibilities have expanded to managing the regional water supply, improving water quality and protecting and restoring unique ecosystems, including America's Everglades.

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Governing Board Agendas, Minutes, Presentations & Videos
See what is scheduled for discussion or decision making at upcoming Governing Board meetings or review what happened at previous meetings.

Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) Agendas, Minutes, Presentations & Videos
The Water Resources Advisory Commission is made up of a diverse cross-section of representatives from the private and public sectors. The Commission works with the Governing Board to make well-informed water resource decisions.

Big Cypress Basin Board Agendas, Minutes, Presentations & Videos
The Big Cypress Basin Board sets the regional policy, budget and millage rate for the Basin, which includes Collier County and part of Monroe County.

Budget & Finance
The District provides online access to budget documents and monthly financial statements to demonstrate how tax dollars are being invested to manage and protect South Florida's water resources.

Lobbyist Registration and Database
Effective July 1, 2014, a person may not lobby the District until such person has registered as a lobbyist with the SFWMD Clerk's Office.

Notice of Permit Applications Received
Browse weekly online listings of all permit applications submitted to the District.

2015 SFWMD Regulatory Plan
Access SFWMD's past Rulemaking Regulatory Plans from 2011 to 2014 here.

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SFWMD Offices Closed – Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27
The offices of the South Florida Water Management District will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving. SFWMD offices will reopen as normal on Monday, Nov. 30.

Mid-November Rainfall Breaks Up Slow Start to Dry Season
After a slow start to the annual dry season in October, a stalled frontal boundary helped to focus rain across dry areas along South Florida’s east coast in mid-November. This included rainfall relief for key areas such as the Everglades Water Conservation Areas.
The dry season typically lasts through May and historically brings an average of about 18 inches of rainfall, or less than a third of the total in a normal year.
Dry Season Forecast to Bring Above-Average Rainfall
The National Weather Service is forecasting a significant El Niño weather pattern will lead to above-average rainfall for the dry season. As the rainy season ended, water levels across much of the South Florida Water Management District's 16-county region were near average. Water managers are closely coordinating with SFWMD science teams to move water if needed from Lake Okeechobee to Stormwater Treatment Areas to be cleaned and sent south to the Everglades.
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SFWMD Adopts FY2016 Budget
The SFWMD Governing Board adopted a $749.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016) to fund the District's flood control and water supply missions as well as continued progress to restore and protect the South Florida ecosystem.

Nearly 84 percent of the budget is dedicated to enhancing operations, maintaining lands and $13 billion of infrastructure and advancing ecosystem restoration goals. The budget achieves these goals while lowering taxes for South Florida residents for the fifth consecutive year.

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