The Florida Keys lie at the far southern end of the South Florida Water Management District's 16-county region. The District is working with its partners to protect and restore Florida Bay, ensure a sustainable water supply for Keys residents and businesses and improve stormwater management in local communities.
Outreach and Intergovernmental Representatives develop partnerships with local governments, utilities, community groups and other stakeholders in Monroe County and create a better understanding of local water resource issues through outreach and education activities.
GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS
Kevin Powers, Vice-Chair and an at-large appointee representing areas including the Florida Keys
Melanie Peterson, an at-large appointee representing areas including the Florida Keys
To encourage hotels and motels to conserve water, the South Florida Water Management District introduced the Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (Water CHAMP) in 2009. Through January 2013, the SFWMD program included 62 properties in the Florida Keys and Martin and St. Lucie counties, with water conservation measures for more than 3,700 rooms adopted.
Full participation in South Florida Water Management District's Water CHAMP means that your property may meet the water conservation criteria for Florida Green Lodging designation, pending verification by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Visit www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging for more information.
Task Force and Coordination Teams
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and Advisory Council Ecosystem Restoration Working Group: Community-based advisory group providing advice and recommendations to the Sanctuary Superintendent and serving as a liaison between the Sanctuary and the community.
Florida Keys Water Quality Protection Program Management Committee: Assists in the implementation of a Water Quality Protection Program for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
City of Key West Climate Change Adaptation Working Group: Assists the City of Key West in the development of an Adaptation Plan for addressing potential impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, on the City's natural and built environments and infrastructure.