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.
The SFWMD Governing Board adopted a $749.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016) to fund the District's flood control and water supply missions as well as continued progress to restore and protect the South Florida ecosystem.
Nearly 84 percent of the budget is dedicated to enhancing operations, maintaining lands and $13 billion of infrastructure and advancing ecosystem restoration goals. The budget achieves these goals while lowering taxes for South Florida residents for the fifth consecutive year.
South Florida's annual rainy season typically last from June through October, a five-month period that brings more than two-thirds of our regional rainfall in an average year. The rainy season can also bring flooding, which may occur when large amounts of rain fall over a short period of time or from a single heavy storm, tropical system or hurricane.
A Shared Responsibility The South Florida Water Management District operates and maintains the regional water management system known as the Central and Southern Florida Project. This system of canals and natural waterways connects to community drainage districts and hundreds of smaller neighborhood systems to effectively manage floodwaters during heavy rain.