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May/June 2015


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Daniel O'Keefe
Governing Board Chairman

Welcome to The Ripple Effect, the South Florida Water Management District's monthly electronic newsletter that covers the latest water news — straight from the source.

May and June District Governing Board

For months, environmental groups and concerned residents have advocated for the South Florida Water Management District to exercise a 46,800-acre land purchase option with U.S. Sugar Corporation before an October deadline. After closely listening to their arguments and the technical expertise of District staff, and reviewing the option agreement, the SFWMD Governing Board voted unanimously not to exercise the option... more

June is 'Flood Awareness Month' in South Florida

With a $13 billion flood control system stretching from Orlando to the Florida Keys, the South Florida Water Management District recognizes June as Flood Awareness Month to highlight what residents can expect during the rainy season...more

SFWMD Construction Cam Offers a Look at Project Progress

Perched on a 300-foot-tall communications tower, a high-tech webcam is now sending images of progress on a 16-billion-gallon reservoir and 6,300-acre wetland being constructed to store and clean water headed for the St. Lucie River and Estuary...more

SFWMD Approves Cost-Credit Agreement for Caloosahatchee Reservoir

The South Florida Water Management District has authorized entering into an agreement designed to help the District receive federal cost credit for expediting construction of key portions of the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir. The project to protect the river and estuary is cost-shared between the District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

From Savings to Supply: New SFWMD Storage Area Shows Dual Benefit

In May, the South Florida Water Management District began supplying water for the first time from the Nicodemus Slough water storage area in Glades County to benefit the health of the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary and local agricultural fields...more

In the News

Ready 'Freddy': Water Managers Prepare for Hurricane Season
SFWMD Engineer Recognized for Work to Protect the St. Lucie Estuary
Purple Prevails During Water Reuse Week

Water Drops

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Up-to-the-Minute Weather Conditions... more

What you can do to Save Water... more

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This Month in Photos

View images of how the District prepares for the annual rainy season...more


June 15
Water Resources Advisory Commission Recreation Issues Workshop
5 p.m., SFWMD B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

June 17
Public Meeting to Discuss Regulatory Matters
10 a.m., SFWMD B-1 Storch Conference Room, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

June 26
2016 Upper East Coast Water Supply Plan Update Kick-Off Meeting
9 a.m., Stuart City Hall, City Commission Chambers, 121 S.W. Flagler Ave., Stuart

July 3
Independence Day (Observed)
SFWMD Offices Closed

July 14
Big Cypress Basin Board Meeting
9 a.m., Collier County Board of County Commissioners Chambers, 3299 Tamiami Trail East – 3rd Floor, Naples

July 16
Govering Board Meeting
9 a.m., SFWMD B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach

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