SFWMD and USACE Celebrate Major Milestone for Key Everglades Restoration Project in Southwest, FL

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with many state officials and stakeholders celebrated the completion of an important component of the Picayune Strand Restoration Project in Southwest, Florida.

The plugging of a major canal is now complete, marking another milestone on this project.  

SFWMD Issues Temporary Burn Ban on District Lands in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Polk Counties

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has issued a temporary burn ban on District lands in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands and Polk Counties due to dry conditions and the imminent danger of wildfires in the region.

Read Emergency Order 2024-030.

The temporary burn ban includes the building or maintaining of fires for recreational purposes on District lands.

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Announces Registration Is Open for the 2024 Florida Python Challenge®

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — Today, Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez announced that registration for the 2024 Florida Python Challenge® is now open. Participants this year will have the chance to win a share of more than $25,000 in prizes for removing invasive Burmese pythons from the wild. Starting today, those interested in participating in the 2024 Florida Python Challenge® can complete the required online training to compete in the 10-day competition which runs August 9–18, 2024. The competition is open to both professional and novice participants.

SFWMD Celebrates Ribbon Cutting to Support Everglades Restoration and Mitigate Flooding

Miami-Dade County, Fla. - Today, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined local, state, federal and tribal officials as well as stakeholders to cut the ribbon on the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) New Water Seepage Barrier Wall Project, which extends the successful underground wall that was built as part of the 8.5 Square Mile Area Seepage Wall Project. 

SFWMD Governing Board Proclaims April as Water Conservation Month

Today, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board proclaimed April as Water Conservation Month. This annual proclamation highlights SFWMD's continuing efforts to conserve water and ensure an ample supply now and in the future. 

Florida has observed Water Conservation Month since 1998 to highlight how each of us can do our part, in the little ways and the big ways, to conserve water to make sure we all have enough.

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Major Legislation to Dedicate Gaming Compact Revenues to Preserve and Protect Florida’s Environment

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill (SB) 1638, Funding for Environmental Resource Management, which provides $150 million for necessary repairs and upgrades to the Central and South Florida Water Management System. The bill further directs 96% of the revenue generated from the Seminole Tribe Compact to fund water quality improvement, infrastructure, and the continued acquisition and management of Florida’s conservation lands. As of February 2024, the revenue share estimates are approximately $750 million per year.

2024 Environmental Report Highlights Everglades Restoration Progress

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today released the 2024 South Florida Environmental Report (SFER) underscoring the continued progress for Everglades restoration and water quality across Central and Southern Florida.

The annual SFER report highlights record hydration and improvement of water quality, significant momentum for sending more water south, groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings of major Everglades restoration projects, and many other important milestones for the resiliency of the region’s water resources and ecosystems.