News - 2017

December

District to Partner with FDEP for Maintenance on Water Control Structure in Levy County »

December 27, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is assisting the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in performing maintenance on the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure located in Levy County on the Inglis Bypass Channel.

Make a New Year's Resolution to Support Our Environment »

December 26, 2017 – District suggests easy and fun resolution ideas that help promote water resources

Phase 2 Hog Hunt Registration Begins Monday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. »

December 15, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will open Phase 2 hog hunt registration on Monday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. The District holds a series of hog hunts on District lands throughout the year to help reduce the wild hog population.

District to Hold Workshop on Minimum and Guidance Levels for Lake Damon in Highlands County »

December 12, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) invites the public to a workshop on

Governing Board to Meet at Starkey Environmental Education Center in New Port Richey »

December 5, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Starkey Environmental Education Center, located at 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd.

November

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Green Swamp »

November 27, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

Six Easy Ways to Save Water and Money During the Holidays »

November 15, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is offering six easy ways to prepare for your holiday meals and parties without running up your water bill.

Public Invited to Help Identify Flood Prone Areas in Portions of Pasco County »

November 9, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve identification of flood prone areas in Pasco County. Residents living in the Duck Lake watershed are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

Governing Board to Meet in Tampa »

November 7, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North.

Check Your Irrigation Timer When You 'Fall Back' to Standard Time »

November 1, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is reminding residents to check the timers on their irrigation system controllers this weekend, which is the end of Daylight Saving Time.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Sumter County »

November 1, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Marion County »

November 1, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Hernando County »

November 1, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Citrus County »

November 1, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Pasco County »

November 1, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

October

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Manatee County »

October 23, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Hillsborough County »

October 23, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Pasco County »

October 23, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires for Polk County »

October 23, 2017 – Setting prescribed fires in controlled settings can reduce the risk of wildfires burning out of control, as many Floridians witnessed during the state's wildfire emergency in early spring.

District to Hold Workshop on Minimum and Guidance Levels for Lake Alice in Hillsborough County »

October 17, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) invites the public to a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center located at 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs.

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville »

October 17, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

Water Management Districts, State continue collaboration to secure Florida's water supply »

October 10, 2017 – MAITLAND, Fla., Oct. 10, 2017 – The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) estimates central Florida will need an additional 250 million gallons of water per day by 2035 to meet the demands of a growing population.

District Reopens Majority of Managed Lands »

October 5, 2017 – To see how staff are cleaning up District managed properties click here: https://youtu.be/Ir-hYWT1biQ
Feel free to use this video on your website or newscasts.

District Deactivates Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area, Returns to Normal Operating Conditions »

October 4, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has deactivated the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area (LHFDA), reopening the S-155 structure and allowing boat traffic to resume along that portion of the Hillsborough River.

September

District Approves Rolled Back Millage Rate Saving Taxpayers $6.7 Million »

September 30, 2017 – For the seventh year in a row, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted to decrease property taxes by adopting a rolled back millage rate of 0.3131 mill for the fiscal year 2018 budget.

District to Hold Series of Hog Hunts in 2017-2018, Permits Will Be Available Online »

September 29, 2017 – District land managers plan to hold a series of hog hunts on District lands throughout the year to help reduce the wild hog population.

Water Shortage Order Expiring in Northern Region »

September 26, 2017 – Year-Round Water Conservation Measures in Effect Districtwide

Governing Board to Meet in Tampa (note: 3:00 p.m. start time) »

September 19, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North.

District Reschedules Meetings and Hearings due to Hurricane Irma »

September 15, 2017 – Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials have rescheduled several meetings due to impacts from Hurricane Irma.

Brooksville Office Reopens Friday, Sept. 15, All Other Offices Remain Open »

September 14, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Brooksville office is now fully operational and will reopen on Friday, Sept. 15 following Hurricane Irma. All other District offices remain open.

Brooksville Office Partially Open Thursday, Sept. 14, All Other Offices Remain Open »

September 13, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Brooksville office will be partially open on Thursday, Sept. 14. Portions of the campus remain closed as a result of an ongoing power outage due to Hurricane Irma. All other District offices remain open.

Brooksville Office Closed Wednesday, Sept. 13, All Other Offices Open »

September 12, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Brooksville office will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 13 due to impacts from Hurricane Irma. All other District offices will be open.

All District Offices Closed Tuesday, Sept. 12 »

September 11, 2017 – All Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) offices will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12 due to impacts from Hurricane Irma.

District Postpones Sept. 12 Governing Board Tentative Budget Hearing »

September 9, 2017 – Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials have postponed its Sept. 12 Governing Board tentative budget hearing due to emergency conditions facing the District from Hurricane Irma. The public hearing will be rescheduled at a later date.

District Raises Activation Level of Emergency Operations Center »

September 8, 2017 – Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials have raised the activation level of the District's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to Level 1 as they continue to monitor Hurricane Irma. The EOC provides direction regarding District activities during an emergency weather event.

All District Offices Closed Monday, Sept. 11 »

September 8, 2017 – All Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11 in accordance with Governor Rick Scott's direction to close state offices for Hurricane Irma.

All District Offices Closed Friday, Sept. 8 »

September 7, 2017 – All Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 8 in accordance with Governor Rick Scott's direction to close state offices in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

All District-Managed Lands to Close »

September 6, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will close all District-managed lands throughout its 16-county region on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Irma.
The following properties will be closed until further notice:

District Monitors Hurricane Irma »

September 5, 2017 – Emergency Operations Center at Level 2 Activation

District Activates Tampa Bypass Canal System to Help Prevent River Flooding »

September 1, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has activated the Tampa Bypass Canal system in response to heavy rains in the Tampa Bay area. This action closes the Hillsborough River to boaters. Boat barriers were put in place at approximately 8 p.m.