The SFWMD is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts, managing water resources in a 16-county region that stretches from Orlando to the Florida Keys. The agency's original mission was to provide flood control for South Florida residents by operating what has become one of the largest water management systems in the world. Today, our responsibilities have expanded to managing the regional water supply, improving water quality and protecting and restoring unique ecosystems, including America's Everglades.
Budget & Finance The District provides online access to budget documents and monthly financial statements to demonstrate how tax dollars are being invested to manage and protect South Florida's water resources.
Lobbyist Registration and Database Effective July 1, 2014, a person may not lobby the District until such person has registered as a lobbyist with the SFWMD Clerk's Office.
SFWMD Taking Unprecedented Action in Response to High Water Levels
The South Florida Water Management District is continuing to respond to seasonally high water levels throughout its 16-county region. Through mid-May, SFWMD water managers have moved 67.8 billion gallons of clean water from Water Conservation Area 3 into Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park. In April, the District also began sending water from WCA-3A west and south into the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Moving water out the vast wetlands in Miami-Dade and Broward counties creates more capacity in the entire water management system to improve flood control and habitat for Everglades wildlife.
Break from Rain Ends in Mid-May After two below-average rainfall months in March and April, heavy rains recently returned to South Florida. On May 17 alone, the 16-county region received 2.23 inches of rain – the wettest single April or May day in the last 25 years.
The first half of the 2015-2016 dry season, from November through January, was the wettest for this period across South Florida since record keeping began in 1932, with January alone bringing a record 9.18 inches. The dry season typically lasts through May and historically brings an average of about 18 inches of rainfall, or less than a third of the total in a normal year.