Seeking Public Input on Draft 2023-2028 Strategic Plan

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is encouraging our partners, stakeholders and the public to provide comments on the SFWMD's Draft 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.

The plan serves as a blueprint for achieving balanced regional water resource management. The SFWMD updates the Strategic Plan annually to highlight its work to continue advancing Everglades restoration, protecting communities from flooding, meeting the region’s water needs, and engaging the public and stakeholders over the next five years.

SFWMD Governing Board Declares May 15-21 Water Reuse Week

KEY LARGO --The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today officially recognized May 15-21, 2022 as Water Reuse Week.

The annual recognition, signified by a purple jacket worn by one Governing Board member to represent the purple pipes that carry reclaimed water, is made by the Governing Board each year to highlight the ongoing efforts to encourage the use of reclaimed water. Today, "Alligator Ron" Bergeron passed the ceremonial purple jacket to Governing Board Member Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch. 

SFWMD Governing Board Declares April Water Conservation Month

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board declared April as Water Conservation Month, highlighting the work District staff do promoting the conservation of South Florida's most precious resource, water.

Every gallon conserved is a gallon not pulled from underground aquifers which allows us to have enough water supply for the future and hold back saltwater intrusion from sea-level rise. Conserving water is important to ensure that families, businesses and the environment continue to thrive.

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.