News - 2022

October

District Reopens Several Campground Properties  »

October 3, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) has completed evaluations of District campgrounds after Hurricane Ian and the following properties will reopen Monday afternoon:

September

District Returns to Normal Operations »

September 29, 2022 – All Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) offices will be open Friday, Sept. 30, as the District returns to normal operations after Hurricane Ian.

Water Levels in Lake Tarpon Reduced in Anticipation of Heavy Rainfall, Storm Surge »

September 27, 2022 –
The Southwest Florida Water Management District has released as much water out of Lake Tarpon as possible in anticipation of heavy rainfall and storm surge from Hurricane Ian.

All District Offices Closed Wednesday and Thursday »

September 27, 2022 – All Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) offices will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29, due to potential impacts from Hurricane Ian.

District Raises Activation Level of Emergency Operations Center »

September 27, 2022 – Emergency Operations Center at Level 1 Activation

All District-Managed Campgrounds and Properties to Close Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon  »

September 26, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will close all District-managed campgrounds and properties to include trails and day use areas throughout its 16-county region Tuesday, Sept.

District to Hold Series of Hog Hunts in 2022-2023, Permits Will Be Available Online »

September 26, 2022 – 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 Monitors Tropical Storm Ian »

September 24, 2022 – Emergency Operations Center at Level 2 activation

District Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Funds Water Resources Projects »

September 20, 2022 – On Tuesday, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board adopted a $211.7 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 20

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

September 13, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tues

August

Water Management Districts Participate in Joint Public Workshop on Ranking Water Bodies »

August 24, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District, St. Johns River Water Management District and South Florida Water Management District have scheduled a virtual joint public meeting Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville »

August 16, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

District to Hold Public Workshop on Ranking Water Bodies »

August 15, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is seeking public input to determine the priority of minimum flows and levels (MFLs) establishment for lakes, wetlands, rivers, streams and aquifers in the District as well as the establishment of water reservations.

Public Invited to Help Identify Flood Prone Areas in the Jack Creek Watershed in Highlands County »

August 15, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve identification of flood prone areas in Highlands County.

July

District Makes Major Land Purchase in Partnership with Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of State Lands  »

July 26, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board approved the purchase of a 4,357-acre conservation easement over a portion of the approximately 16,315-acre Carlton Horse Creek Ranch.

District Approves Proposed Rolled-Back Millage Rate Saving Taxpayers $15.5 Million »

July 26, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board voted to decrease property taxes by adopting a proposed rolled-back millage rate of 0.2260 mill for the fiscal year 2023 budget.

Governing Board to Meet in Tampa »

July 19, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 26, at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North.

District to Hold Virtual Public Meeting on Land Management Plans  »

July 11, 2022 –
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, to discuss updates to several of the District’s land management plans.

June

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

June 28, 2022 – 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 Citrus County »

June 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 in the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve »

June 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 28, 2022 – 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 Sumter County »

June 28, 2022 – 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.

Public Invited to Help Identify Flood Prone Areas in the North Citrus Withlacoochee River Watershed »

June 20, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve identification of flood prone areas in Citrus County.

Executive Director Receives Florida Association for Water Quality Control 2022 Wade Hopping Leadership Award  »

June 16, 2022 – Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) Executive Director Brian Armstrong has received the Florida Association for Water Quality Control (FAWQC) 2022 Wade Hopping Leadership Award.

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville »

June 14, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 21, at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

Watch the Weather, Wait to Water »

June 13, 2022 –
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rainy season and “watch the weather, wait to water.”

Governor Reappoints Armstrong and Hogarth to the SWFWMD Governing Board »

June 6, 2022 – Governor Ron DeSantis has reappointed Ed Armstrong and William Hogarth to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board.

May

Governing Board Elects Officers for 2022-2023 Term  »

May 24, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted Tuesday to elect officers for the 2022-2023 term.

Governing Board to Meet in Tampa »

May 17, 2022 –
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board  will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 24, at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North.

District to Hold Peer Review of Wetland-Based Criteria for Minimum Wetland and Lake Levels  »

May 16, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold an independent, scientific peer review of wetland-based criteria for use in establishing minimum wetland and lake levels beginning this month. A minimum level is the level of groundwater in an aqui

District to Host Career Fairs in Brooksville and Tampa »

May 3, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is hosting career fairs to recruit people seeking a rewarding career protecting the region’s water resources.

April

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville »

April 19, 2022 –
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 26, at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

March

10 Tips to Save Water for Water Conservation Month  »

March 22, 2022 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Governing Board declared April Water Conservation Month at its March meeting. April is historically one of the driest months of the year and typically marks the peak demand season for public water suppliers.