Governing Board to Meet in Tampa

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 21, at 9 a.m. at the Tampa Service Office, located at 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North.

To view the Governing Board meeting online, visit WaterMatters.org and click on the “Live Video Stream” link. The video stream link becomes active and the live video feed begins approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time.

The meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted one week before the meeting, and can be found online at WaterMatters.org by clicking on the “Meetings & Events Calendar” link.

Governing Board to Meet in Haines City

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Eva Event Center, located at 799 Johns Avenue in Haines City.

To view the Governing Board meeting online, visit WaterMatters.org and click on the “Live Video Stream” link. The video stream link becomes active and the live video feed begins approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time.

The meeting agenda and meeting materials are posted one week before the meeting, and can be found online at WaterMatters.org by clicking on the “Boards, Meetings & Events Calendar” link.

 

 

 

District to Hold Public Workshop to Provide Information on Weeki Wachee Channel Restoration Project

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will hold a public workshop Tuesday, April 16, to share information about the Weeki Wachee Channel Restoration Project. The meeting will take place at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Meeting Hall, located at 4340 Calienta St. in Hernando Beach.

The workshop will be an open-house style allowing the public to arrive at their convenience between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Staff will give a brief presentation about the project at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to submit a comment card during the workshop to provide feedback on the project plans.

This multiyear project is focused on sediment removal as a restoration strategy to benefit the river’s ecosystem. The final construction plans should be completed at the end of 2019, with construction anticipated to begin in the spring of 2021.

To learn more about the project, please visit WaterMatters.org/projects/springs/weeki-wachee-channel-restoration-project.

 

 

 

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

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. That’s why the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) will be conducting prescribed burns April through June on the Lower Hillsborough Flood Detention Area (LHFDA).

The LHFDA is located south of Cross Creek Boulevard between U.S. Highway 301 and Morris Bridge Road near Thonotosassa. Approximately 300 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.  

Some major benefits of prescribed fire include:

  • Reducing overgrown plants, which decreases the risk of catastrophic wildfires
  • Promoting the growth of new, diverse plants
  • Maintaining the character and condition of wildlife habitat
  • Maintaining access for public recreation

The District conducts prescribed fires on approximately 30,000 acres each year. Click here to learn more about why igniting prescribed burns now prepares lands for the next wildfire season.

 

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