News - 2020

October

District to Hold Virtual Workshop on Minimum Flow for the Lower Peace River in Charlotte and DeSoto Counties »

October 20, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) invites the public to a virtual workshop Thursday, Oct.

Public Invited to Help Identify Flood Prone Areas in the Mill Creek Watershed in Manatee County »

October 16, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve identification of flood prone areas in Manatee County.

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville »

October 13, 2020 – Please note 8 a.m. start time

Governor Appoints Elijah “Ed” Armstrong, III and John Mitten to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board »

October 8, 2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Elijah “Ed” Armstrong, III and John Mitten to the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board.

September

District to Hold Series of Hog Hunts in 2020-2021, Permits Will Be Available Online »

September 23, 2020 – District land managers plan to hold a series of hog hunts on District lands throughout the year to help reduce the feral hog population.

District Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Funds Water Resources Projects »

September 22, 2020 – On Tuesday, the Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board adopted a $183.5 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including more than $65.7 million for the Cooperative Funding Initiative and District grants for water resources projects.

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely (Note: 3 p.m. start time) »

September 15, 2020 –
Public participation will be provided through online viewing or conference call options

August

Public Invited to Provide Comments on Minimum and Guidance Levels for Cypress, Garden and Halfmoon Lakes in Hillsborough County »

August 26, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is collecting public comment on the proposed minimum and guidance levels for Cypress, Garden and Halfmoon lakes in Hillsborough County.

Governing Board Elects New Officers  »

August 25, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted Tuesday to elect a new slate of officers for the 2020-2021 term.

District Receives Funding from Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Two Wellfields in Polk County »

August 24, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) received more than $2.4 million in funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to assist with aquifer testing, feasibility, and preliminary design for the planned Sou

District Monitors Tropical Depression 13 »

August 20, 2020 –
Emergency Operations Center at Level 2 activation

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely »

August 18, 2020 –
Public participation will be provided through online viewing or conference call options

District to Hold Virtual Public Workshop on Ranking Water Bodies »

August 17, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District District) is seeking public input about the order in which minimum flows and levels (MFLs) for lakes, wetlands, rivers, streams and aquifers in the District will be determined.

July

Public Invited to Help Identify Flood Prone Areas in the Pearce Drain/Gap Creek Watershed in Manatee County »

July 29, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve identification of flood prone areas in Manatee County. The District will provide virtual outreach now through Sept.

District Approves Proposed Rolled Back Millage Rate Saving Taxpayers $6 Million  »

July 28, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted to decrease property taxes by adopting a proposed rolled-back millage rate of 0.2669 mill for the fiscal year 2021 budget.

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely »

July 21, 2020 –
Public participation will be provided through online viewing or conference call options

Two District Projects Receive Funding from Central Florida Water Initiative Conservation Cost-Share Program »

July 20, 2020 – Two Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) projects received funding from the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) conservation cost-share program.

District Receives Funding from Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Water Quality Monitoring Well  »

July 8, 2020 – Today the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) announced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will provide $638,550 to a new, 880-foot deep monitoring well in the District’s Most Impacted Area (MIA) of the Southern

June

District Aims to Reduce Risk of Wildfires by Scheduling Prescribed Fires in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve »

June 17, 2020 – 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 2017.

District’s Draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan Now Available for Review and Comment »

June 16, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) draft 2020 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is now available on the District’s website for review and comment by stakeholders and the public.

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely »

June 16, 2020 –
Public participation will be provided through online viewing or conference call options

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

June 15, 2020 –
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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 –
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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 – 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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 –
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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 –
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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 – 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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 – 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 2017.

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

June 15, 2020 – 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 2017.

Watch the Weather, Wait to Water »

June 4, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the upcoming summer rainy season and “watch the weather, wait to water.”

District to Conduct Inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway in Levy County »

June 2, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will conduct an inspection of the Inglis Bypass Spillway water control structure located in Levy County on the Inglis Bypass Channel.

District to Reopen All Campgrounds June 3 at Reduced Capacity  »

June 2, 2020 – As part of a phased approach, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will reopen all campgrounds throughout its 16-county region Wednesday, June 3.

May

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely »

May 12, 2020 – Public participation will be provided through online viewing or conference call options.

District to Reopen Weekiwachee Preserve to the Public »

May 6, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will reopen the Weekiwachee Preserve to the public effective Friday, May 8, 2020 for all uses.

April

District Declares Phase I Water Shortage in Central and Southern Regions »

April 28, 2020 –
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for the District’s central

Lower Your Monthly Water Bill for Water Conservation Month While You Shelter at Home »

April 23, 2020 –
We’re halfway through Water Conservation Month, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) encourages citizens to do their part to save water in and around their homes.

District Launches Septic to Sewer Initiative to Fund Local Projects and Improve Springs »

April 22, 2020 –
To celebrate Springs Protection Awareness Month, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is launching a new Septic to Sewer initiative by providing more than $7 million in matching funds for five projects that help reduce the i

Governing Board Meeting to be Conducted Remotely »

April 21, 2020 –
Public participation will be provided through online viewing or conference call options

Governing Board Proclaims April Springs Protection Awareness Month »

April 6, 2020 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Governing Board declared April Springs Protection Awareness Month during their March meeting.

Florida Senate Confirms Appointments of Governing Board Members »

April 3, 2020 – The Florida Senate has confirmed the appointments of five Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Governing Board members.