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.
A planning process has started to identify opportunities to improve the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of water entering Lake Okeechobee. A public meeting to kick off the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project was held July 26 in Okeechobee. For more information:
See How Florida Agencies are Responding to Algal Blooms
Blue-green algal blooms are currently being reported in lakes, rivers and canals in locations around Florida.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state's five water management districts, the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other state agencies all work together to respond to algal blooms. Each agency has a specific role:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection takes the lead in collecting and testing algal bloom samples as soon as they are observed. In addition, DEP staff can be deployed to take additional samples in response to blooms reported by citizens, other agencies or other sources. Sample results are reported to all appropriate agencies.
The South Florida Water Management District helps the DEP as requested with collecting algal bloom samples. The District also reports any blooms observed during routine water quality sampling.
The Florida Department of Health has the lead role when an algal bloom presents a risk to human health or there are reported health incidents associated with a bloom. DOH issues health advisories as it determines to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher. It may also post warning signs when blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigates dead fish and wildlife related to algal blooms.
For more on blue-green algae and the District's specific role in responding to it: