The 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.
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.
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Dry Season Bringing Above-Average Rainfall to South Florida
The first half of the 2015-2016 dry season, from November through January, was the wettest for this period across South Florida since record keeping began in 1932. January alone brought 9.18 inches of rain District-wide, 7.25 inches above average and also a record for the month. 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.
Water Managers Responded to Heavy Late January Rainfall Jan. 27 was the wettest January day in South Florida in 25 years. In response, the South Florida Water Management District operated the regional flood control system to move stormwater runoff from affected areas as quickly as possible.
As part of the flood control effort, water managers conducted a rare "back pumping" operation to protect families, businesses and property in the Glades communities, where 6 inches of rain fell in 24 hours. Pumps at the S-2 and S-3 structures along the southern rim of Lake Okeechobee were shut down the evening of Sunday, Jan. 31, after just four days of operation.