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.
Following the first below-average month of the 2015-2016 dry season, April brought just 1.19 inches of rain to South Florida, less than half the historical average for the month. Every basin within the region received below-average rainfall. Eastern Broward County and Everglades Water Conservation Areas 1 and 2 were the driest basins with 12 percent and 10 percent of average rainfall, respectively.
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.
New Strategy Further Reducing Water Levels in Everglades Water Conservation Area Continuing its response to lower water levels in Water Conservation Area 3A from record rainfall earlier in the dry season, the South Florida Water Management District is pursuing a new strategy to move more water south and west from the vast wetlands in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to the Big Cypress National Preserve. Moving more water out of the conservation area will create more capacity in the entire water management system to improve flood control and habitat for Everglades wildlife.
This new action complements ongoing emergency operations that began Feb. 15. Through the start of May, SFWMD water managers have moved 61.5 billion gallons of clean water from WCA-3 into Northeast Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park.