News

October

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
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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.

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.

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 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.

August

District to Hold Public Workshop on Ranking Water Bodies »

August 23, 2017 – 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.

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville (note start time at 11:30 a.m.) »

August 22, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 11:30 a.m. at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

District Receives Statewide Honors at Annual Florida Public Relations Association Conference »

August 16, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) Public Affairs Bureau recently received top honors at the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) 60th Annual Golden Image. The winners were announced last week at the Association's 79th annual conference in Orlando.

District to Hold Workshop on Minimum and Guidance Levels for Saddleback and Round Lakes in Hillsborough County »

August 7, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) invites the public to a workshop on Monday, August 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library located at 2902 W. Bearss Ave. in Tampa.

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

August 3, 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 Anclote West watershed are invited to attend an open house on either Monday, Aug. 7 or Friday, Aug. 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Governor Appoints Jim Murphy to the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board »

August 1, 2017 – Governor Rick Scott appointed Jim Murphy to the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board. Murphy represents Polk County.

July

District Approves Rolled Back Proposed Millage Rate Savings Taxpayers $6.7 Million »

July 26, 2017 – For the sixth 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 proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.The millage rate is more than 5.6 percent lower than the current f

District Maintains Water Restrictions in Northern Region »

July 25, 2017 – Year-Round Water Conservation Measures Return Elsewhere

Governing Board to Meet at Tampa Bay Water »

July 18, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 25 at 10 a.m. at Tampa Bay Water, located at 2575 Enterprise Road in Clearwater.

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

July 17, 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 recent drought. That's why the Land Management Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management

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

July 17, 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 recent drought.

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

July 17, 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 recent drought.

Coleman's Landing Boat Ramp To Reopen on Lake Panasoffkee »

July 14, 2017 – The Coleman's Landing boat ramp on the east side of Lake Panasoffkee will reopen to the public on Saturday, July 15.

CFWI Projects Taking Shape Throughout Region »

July 12, 2017 –
Bartow, Fla., July 11, 2017 — Drilling more than half a mile below ground to find new sources of water

District Acquires Rainbow River Ranch Property »

July 6, 2017 – Purchase Made in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch.

District to Hold Workshop on Minimum and Guidance Levels for Lake Easy in Polk County »

July 6, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) invites the public to a workshop on Wednesday, July 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the City of Lake Wales Commission Chambers located at 201 W. Central Ave. in Lake Wales.

June

District Deactivates Emergency Operations Center »

June 26, 2017 – Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) officials have deactivated the District's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from a Level 2 to a Level 3.

Governing Board to Meet in Brooksville »

June 20, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 27 at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, located at 2379 Broad Street in Brooksville.

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

June 13, 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 Double Hammock Creek watershed are invited to attend an open house on Monday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Guest Editorial by Executive Director Brian J. Armstrong - Springs need our help; let's focus on the real problems »

June 13, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board recently approved minimum flows (or MFLs) for both the Rainbow River and the Crystal River/Kings Bay systems. A minimum flow is the limit at which withdrawals will cause significant harm.

All District Managed Campgrounds to Reopen »

June 12, 2017 – The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will reopen all District managed campgrounds throughout our 16-county region on Wednesday, June 14, due to increased rainfall and the reduced threat of wildfire.