July 26, 2017

SWIM Program Celebrates 30 Years


Through the years, SWIM projects have restored natural systems and enhanced habitats across the District. To mark the 30th anniversary of the SWIM program and its accomplishments, the District’s Governing Board declared August SWIM month.

July 25, 2017

District Maintains Water Restrictions in Northern Region


The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted today to maintain once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Levy and portions of Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. But the “modified phase III” water shortage order the board enacted in May will expire on August 1 for the remainder of the District, including: Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

July 21, 2017

Need for Water Prompts Investigation Deep Underground


The District is conducting exploratory well research more than a half mile below the surface. It’s happening at the Crooked Lake well site, located in southeastern Polk County. Central Florida has used the Upper Floridan aquifer as it’s predominant water source for decades. Now, with continued population growth, finding future water sources is more important than ever before.

July 17, 2017

District Acquires Rainbow River Ranch Property


The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) has closed on the purchase of the environmentally important Rainbow River Ranch. This important land acquisition is about 16 percent of the eastern bank of the Rainbow River, and along with existing public ownership, will allow the District to continue its mission of protecting water resources and this important natural resource.

July 12, 2017

CFWI Projects Taking Shape Throughout the Region


Here are some of the innovative projects the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) is developing to meet the growing water needs of the five-county Central Florida region while also protecting the region’s water resources. Water experts project the region will need an additional 300 million gallons of water per day by 2035. Only about 50 mgd will be available from traditional sources without harming the water and related natural resources like wetlands and lakes.

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