May 23, 2017

District Tightens Water Restrictions


The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to increase water restrictions throughout the region. The modified Phase III water shortage order affects counties throughout the District’s boundaries including Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter.

May 19, 2017

District Conducts Study at Flatford Swamp


A study of Flatford Swamp in Manatee County could lead to a project that could help improve groundwater levels, reduce saltwater intrusion and benefit the 3,000-acre habitat.

May 17, 2017

Experts Educate Public About Water Issues


Community leaders recently gathered with water experts to discuss the needs to protect and restore springs. It was part of Hernando County’s “Water You Doing?” workshop educating the public about watersheds, springs and groundwater.

May 15, 2017

Governor Appoints Two New Board Members

Governor Rick Scott appointed Joel Schleicher and Rebecca Smith to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board. Schleicher represents Charlotte and Sarasota Counties and Smith represents Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

May 10, 2017

Central Florida Water Initiative Brings Collaboration

For about 2.7 million residents in a five-county area of Central Florida, the Floridan aquifer system is the main source of stored freshwater. And while Florida generally receives 50 to 55 inches of rainfall each year, not all that rain reaches the aquifer. About 37 inches evaporates back into the air or runs off land into ponds, lakes or rivers. Today, the current average total water use is about 800 million gallons per day in Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and southern Lake counties. It is estimated that this area will need an additional 300 million gallons per day by the year 2035. However, we’ve determined there isn’t enough groundwater to meet all the projected needs. Most of that additional need can only be met through expanded water conservation and other alternative water resources. That’s why the Central Florida Water Initiative was created.

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