SFWMD closes access to district public lands

WEST PALM BEACH – As part of its ongoing efforts to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 and protect public safety, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will temporarily close public access for recreation to several District-managed properties, effective at 6 p.m. (ET) on April 1. The District is following the guidance of […]

SFWMD offices close

WEST PALM BEACH — Following the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is taking numerous proactive steps to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The district is continuing to fulfill its core missions of protecting residents from flooding, restoring and protecting the ecosystem, ensuring adequate water supply and engaging […]

Butler’s appointment to SFWMD board confirmed, Bergeron’s delayed

TALLAHASSEE – Ron Bergeron, appointed to the South Florida Water Management District in March, 2019 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, has yet to be confirmed by the Florida Senate. At the Feb. 3 Senate Committee on Environment and National Resources in Tallahassee, the agenda included approval of two SFWMD governing board appointments: Ben Butler, who was […]

WRAC: Many apply, few are chosen for water forum

WEST PALM BEACH — The latest version of the South Florida Water Management District “WRAC” had more than 50 applicants, but fewer than half were chosen. WRAC originally stood for Water Resources Advisory Commission and more recently was called Water Resources Analysis Coalition. WRAC included representatives from South Florida businesses, water supply utilities, agriculture, public […]

SFWMD using cattle leases to manage land

FORT MYERS — The South Florida Water Management District recognizes the value of low-intensity beef cattle ranching as a land management tool. At their Nov. 14 meeting, SFWMD Governing Board members renewed a cattle grazing lease on the 4,466 acres of SFWMD district land in the Grassy Island area. “Cattle grazing is a very effective […]

Butler joins SFWMD board

FORT MYERS — Benjamin Butler was sworn in on Thursday, Nov. 14, as a member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board at its monthly meeting. Mr. Butler was appointed last week by Gov. Ron DeSantis. “I would like to thank Gov. DeSantis for appointing Benjamin Butler, a respected member of our vital […]

New C-44 STA will help treat local basin runoff

MARTIN COUNTY — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially turned on the pumps at the C-44 Stormwater Treatment Area on Friday, filling the first cell of the STA with nutrient-laden water from the St. Lucie Canal. The 6,300-acre wetland will treat more than 46 billion gallons of water bound for the St. Lucie estuary every year, […]

SFWMD asked to remove conservation easement

OKEECHOBEE — Airports and environments that attract birds are not a good combination. Adam Hied, director of the Okeechobee airport, is working to unravel a decades-old problem that left the Okeechobee County Airport with a conservation easement. Okeechobee County hopes to offset the conservation easement at the Okeechobee County airport with wetlands mitigation at Bluefield […]

Ben Butler on SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE — The Heartland counties of the South Florida Water Management District finally have representation on the governing board. The SFWMD governing board seat representing Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties has been vacant since March. On Nov. 5, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Benjamin Butler to the board. This appointment […]

Northern Everglades rules to change

OKEECHOBEE — Cattle ranches have been in the Lake Okeechobee watershed since pioneers first settled the area, but before the Central and South Florida Project for Flood Control, the nutrient loads entering Lake Okeechobee were not a problem, Gary Ritter of Florida Farm Bureau told South Florida Water Management District representatives at the Nov. 5 […]