News - 2009

December

Public invited to two open houses to help develop Sarasota County flood insurance maps »

December 31, 2009 – *Editor's note: See included map of county and watersheds* The Southwest Florida Water Management District is gathering input needed to improve identification of flooding risks in the county.

Make a New Year's resolution to "Get Outside!" »

December 28, 2009 – h3. District lands offer a fun, easy and low-cost way to spend time with family and friends in 2010

Controlled burns scheduled for Pasco and Polk counties »

December 21, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during January and February on the District's Upper Hillsborough Preserve in Pasco and Polk counties.

Controlled burns scheduled for Chito Branch Reserve »

December 21, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during January and February on the District's Chito Branch Reserve in Hillsborough County.

Controlled burns scheduled for Hillsborough County »

December 17, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during December, January and February on the Flatwoods Park and Oak Ridge Equestrian areas of the District's Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve in Hillsborough County.

Morris Bridge Bicycle Area to close intermittently »

December 16, 2009 – *District to begin habitat improvement activities*The Morris Bridge Bicycle Area's off-road trails and parking lot will be closed intermittently from mid-December through mid-January, except for weekends and holidays.

Water restrictions eased from Phase III to Phase II for Tampa Bay area »

December 15, 2009 – h2. One-day-per-week watering limit remainsEditor's note: Contact Robyn Felix at Robyn.Felix@WaterMatters.org to receive a color map via email.

Governing Board meeting scheduled two weeks earlier than normal »

December 8, 2009 – *Streaming Internet coverage now available*The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will meet two weeks early for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in Thonotosassa.

Public invited to first open house to help develop Sarasota County flood insurance maps »

December 2, 2009 – Editor's note: See last page for map of county and watersheds The Southwest Florida Water Management District is gathering input needed to improve identification of flooding risks in the county.

November

District asks homeowners to "Skip a Week" of irrigation this winter »

November 30, 2009 – *Overwatering in winter can encourage pests and disease*The Southwest Florida Water Management District recently launched a new campaign to encourage residents who irrigate their lawns to "Skip a Week" of watering during the cooler months of December, January and February.

District will begin Sawgrass Lake Park Restoration Project »

November 23, 2009 – *Public meeting scheduled on Dec. 3* The Southwest Florida Water Management District has scheduled a public meeting for Dec. 3 to discuss an upcoming restoration project at Sawgrass Lake Park.

District's Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve Hampton Tract closed for hog hunts Dec. 8-10 »

November 19, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Hampton Tract, which is part of the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, will be temporarily closed to the public for hog hunts Dec. 8-10.

District completes Springs Coast Seagrass Mapping project »

November 16, 2009 – _More than 272,000 acres of dense seagrass digitally mapped_The Southwest Florida Water Management District recently completed a seagrass mapping project to monitor the long-term health of seagrass beds along the Springs Coast.

District to treat water hyacinth and water lettuce on Shell and Prairie creeks in Charlotte County »

November 13, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be treating water hyacinth and water lettuce on Shell and Prairie creeks upstream of the Henderson Dam during the week of November 16-20.

Governing Board meeting scheduled a week earlier than normal »

November 10, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will meet a week early for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. in Brooksville.

District's Starkey Wilderness Preserve closed early for nighttime hog hunts Dec. 1-3 »

November 10, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Starkey Wilderness Preserve, which includes J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park and the Serenova Tract, will close early at 4 p.m. Dec. 1-3 for nighttime hog hunts.

Controlled burns scheduled for Sarasota County »

November 9, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during November and December for two District sites in Sarasota County – the Schewe Tract and the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.

Controlled burns scheduled for Prairie-Shell Creek property »

November 9, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during November and December on the Prairie-Shell Creek property in Charlotte County.

Controlled burns scheduled for Deep Creek Preserve »

November 9, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during November and December on the Deep Creek Preserve in DeSoto County.

Controlled burns scheduled for Highlands County »

November 9, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting "controlled, prescribed burns" during November and December on the Jack Creek property in Highlands County.

District sponsors "Pooches for the Planet" to help prevent water pollution »

November 6, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board has teamed up with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Pinellas County Animal Services, and the Humane Society of Pinellas to sponsor "Pooches for the Planet," which kicks off with an event this weekend.

Residential customers eligible to receive toilet rebate »

November 4, 2009 – Charlotte County Utilities residential customers are now eligible to participate in a toilet rebate program aimed at conserving water.

City of Lakeland Water Utilities customers eligible to receive toilet rebates »

November 4, 2009 – City of Lakeland Water Utilities customers are still eligible to participate in a toilet rebate program aimed at conserving water.

Second Medard Reservoir Sirens test scheduled for this Saturday at noon »

November 2, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will conduct a monthly audible test of the three sirens installed near the Edward Medard Park reservoir in southeast Hillsborough County this Saturday at noon.

District's Upper Hillsborough Preserve Alston Tract closed for hog hunts Nov. 17-19 »

November 2, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Alston Tract, which is part of the Upper Hillsborough Preserve, will be temporarily closed to the public for hog hunts Nov. 17-19.

October

Water restrictions eased for Southern counties »

October 29, 2009 – Restrictions eased for Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte countiesEditor's note: Contact Robyn Felix at Robyn.Felix@WaterMatters.org to receive a color map via email.

District to treat hydrilla on Rainbow River »

October 28, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be treating hydrilla on the Rainbow River from the Withlacoochee River to upstream of the Rainbow Springs State Park Campground during the week of November 2-6.

District to treat water hyacinth and water lettuce on Braden River »

October 27, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District will be treating water hyacinth and water lettuce on the section of the Braden River south of Highway 70 during the week of October 26-30.

Time change serves as a reminder to check your irrigation timer and system »

October 27, 2009 – When residents set their clocks back one hour this weekend, the Southwest Florida Water Management District would like them to also check the timers on their irrigation system controllers.

Discover Water, Wings & Wild Things this Halloween »

October 23, 2009 – Polk county residents and families are invited to attend Water, Wings & Wild Things at Circle B Bar Reserve this Halloween. The free, annual event takes place Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Media invited to attend ceremony to certify water-conserving homes for first-time buyers »

October 23, 2009 – On Thursday, November 5, six Hidden Creek community families will receive the keys to their new water-conserving, affordable homes they helped to build.

Governing Board to meet in Charlotte County »

October 15, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street in Punta Gorda.

Edward W. Chance Reserve's Gilley Creek Tract reserved for youth hog hunts »

October 13, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Edward W. Chance Reserve’s Gilley Creek Tract in Manatee County will be closed to the public Oct.17 and Oct. 24 during two youth hog hunts.

Public input welcome at Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council meeting »

October 12, 2009 – The public is invited to share ideas concerning potential water resources restoration projects when the Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council meets on Oct. 19.

Residents welcome to attend Anclote River minimum flows and levels workshop »

October 6, 2009 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District is inviting the public to comment on proposed minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for the Anclote River at a public workshop on Monday, Oct. 12. The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the District’s Tampa Service Office, 7601 U.S. Hwy. 301 N.

Public input welcome at Citrus County Task Force meeting »

October 5, 2009 – The public is invited to share ideas concerning potential water resources restoration projects at the upcoming Citrus County Task Force meeting.The meeting is being held Monday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Room 166 in Lecanto.

Audio Tour a new feature of Sarasota County's Watershed Awareness Week »

October 5, 2009 – A new way to learn about Sarasota County’s watersheds will be unveiled during this year’s Watershed Awareness Week, Oct. 12-18.

Governor reappoints one, appoints another to the District's Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board »

October 2, 2009 – Governor Charlie Crist recently reappointed Terry England and appointed Housh Ghovaee to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Pinellas-Anclote River Basin Board.

District to begin testing Medard Reservoir Sirens »

October 1, 2009 – _First test this Saturday, Oct. 3 at noon_The Southwest Florida Water Management District will begin monthly audible testing on Saturday, Oct. 3 of three sirens installed near the Edward Medard Park reservoir in southeast Hillsborough County.