New Pump Station at Lakeside Ranch Expedited to Improve Water Quality in Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the S-191A Pump Station, the final component of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) Project. This project is one of the priority Everglades restoration projects identified by Gov. Ron DeSantis in his "Achieving More Now for Florida's Environment Executive Order." 

Groundbreaking of Underground Wall to Support Everglades Restoration

The project will increase the flow of water south to the Everglades and mitigate flooding in the Las Palmas community.

The South Florida Water Management District held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of an underground seepage wall in the 8.5 Square Mile Area (Las Palmas Community). The underground concrete wall will help mitigate flooding in the 8.5 Square Mile Area, keep water in Everglades National Park, and support increased flows of water south which are necessary for Everglades restoration. 

City of Pahokee Presents “Key to the City” to the South Florida Water Management District and Celebrates New Circulator Pumps

 

Today, City of Pahokee Mayor Keith Babb presented the “Key to the City” to the South Florida Water Management District (District) for their assistance with cleaning up the blue-green algal blooms at the Pahokee Marina. In addition to the City’s efforts to combat algae in the marina, the District also turned on brand-new circulator pumps to keep the water moving at the Pahokee Marina and aid in the prevention of new blue-green algal blooms.

C-24 Canal Sediment Dredging in St. Lucie County Begins on June 14

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will begin the second phase of its project to removal shoal and sediment from the C-24 Canal in St. Lucie County on June 14. The project will stretch from State Road 70 to Orange Avenue west of Fort Pierce and is expected to last a year.

The C-23, C-24 and C-25 Shoal Removal Project will remove an estimated 448,000 cubic yards of sediment from the canals, improving conveyance in the canals to support flood protection efforts for local residents.

SFWMD Governing Board Recognizes June as Flood Awareness Month

Annual declaration highlights SFWMD's ongoing efforts to operate and maintain regional flood control system that protects 8.9 million residents as well as the environment from flooding.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today recognized June as Flood Awareness Month, highlighting the District's ongoing efforts to support flood protection for 8.9 million residents. South Florida typically receives half of its annual rainfall during the summer wet season.

L-67A Levee Temporarily Closed to Public Access Due to Construction

Public access to the L-67A Levee over the S-151 Structure in western Broward County will temporarily close starting June 21. Public access is expected to be closed until September 2021.

Access is restricted due to construction activity on the S-151 Structure. Construction will continue on the structure through May 2022, and public access is expected to be restored by September 2021.

For more information on recreation closures and to find SFWMD-managed public lands near you, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation

Final Week to Apply: Alternative Water Supply and Water Conservation Projects

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is currently accepting applications for cost-share funding for projects that develop alternative water supply (AWS) or implement water conservation. The SFWMD and the State of Florida continue their efforts to identify and implement cost-effective strategies to protect water resources while meeting Florida’s water needs. Partnering with local governments and other entities for implementation of water conservation projects and development of alternative water projects is an important and effective way to help accomplish this goal.

Public Encouraged to Comment on the Final Draft 2021 Aquifer Storage and Recovery Science Plan

As part of our ongoing effort to increase public participation and engagement, the South Florida Water Management District encourages the public to provide input on the Final Draft 2021 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Science Plan.

The final draft plan is available for public and peer review at SFWMD.gov/ASR. Public comments can be submitted via email at ASRwells@SFWMD.gov through March 7, 2021.