Did you know the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is constantly collecting and analyzing data to assess our region’s water quality and safeguard South Florida’s ecosystem?
The SFWMD uses real-time water quality data, combined with historical information about weather, rainfall, and changes in vegetation or land-use, to guide water management decisions that improve water quality and protect and preserve our ecosystems. This environmental information is essential to monitor the progress of critical Everglades restoration projects and other key water quality improvement initiatives that improve the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of water within the Greater Everglades Ecosystem.
The District's environmental monitoring program supports restoration projects throughout the District’s 16-county region, including the Everglades, Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, Big Cypress Basin, water conservation areas and stormwater treatment areas.
As part of routine scientific efforts, the District monitors numerous environmental indicators, such as surface water, ground water, rainfall, fish, birds, invertebrates and sediments. Sampling locations include pump stations, monitoring stations, culverts, marsh environments and open water environments, including estuaries, lakes, rivers and canals.
The District remains committed to ensuring its water quality data is easily accessible to the public and stakeholders. Environmental data, including historical and up-to-date water quality information, is available on DBHYDRO, SFWMD's online database of hydrologic, meteorologic, hydrogeologic and water quality data.