The Southwest Florida Water Management District, in cooperation with local governments, is developing flood risk information for watersheds throughout west-central Florida. The floodplain map viewer is an interactive tool that allows you to view flood risk information that has been developed to date as part of the District’s Watershed Management Program. The information is provided as an advisory tool for flood hazard awareness and to present preliminary floodplain results for public review and comment. Once finalized, the flood hazard information will be used by the District as the most appropriate information for environmental resource permitting and will, in the future, be used to revise the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
If you do not know which watershed you live in, you may submit an address using the watershed search tool to find out.
As preliminary flood risk information is developed for a watershed, the District is conducting public meetings so that citizens can learn about the data and science used to determine the flood hazard areas, view the preliminary floodplain results and have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. Upcoming meetings will be posted here (by watershed) and in local newspapers.
The District takes a watershed approach to managing water and water-related resources within its boundaries. By doing so, all the characteristics of each watershed can be evaluated to reflect the real, interconnected nature of Florida’s water resources. This increases the District’s ability to clearly identify, prioritize and address issues related to the area’s water resources. The Watershed Management Program provides a method to evaluate the capacity of a watershed to protect, enhance and restore water quality and natural systems while achieving flood protection.
This program provides five major elements:
For additional information about the District’s comprehensive approach to watershed management, view or download our Watershed Management brochure .
If you have a comment or question, contact us by telephone at (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (Florida only), ext. 4297, or email us at WMP@WaterMatters.org.