SFWMD monitors algae on Lake O

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) continue to routinely sample water from Lake Okeechobee to check for cyanobacteria (commonly called blue-green algae) and microcystin toxins that are sometimes produced by cyanobacteria. On Aug. 5, South Florida Water Management District staff collected samples […]

Workshop to review EAA permits

WEST PALM BEACH — A public workshop will be held July 31 at 10 a.m. for the Everglades Agricultural Area Environmental Protection District Research Permit Renewal on Improving Best Management Practice Efficiency in the Everglades Agricultural Area. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom, a media technology free for the public to use. The public […]

Take note of upcoming SFWMD public meetings

Join the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for several upcoming public meetings. SFWMD is continuing to conduct public meetings online or by teleconference to protect our communities from the potential spread of COVID-19. The public can watch and participate in these meetings using Zoom, a free online meeting tool. Participants must register separately for […]

SFWMD Governing Board meets July 9

Land acquisitions, invasive plant control, USGS studies on the agenda WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board will meet Thursday, July 9 online via Zoom webinar. Preregistration is required for members of the public who wish to participate. To preregister for the webinar, go online to sfwmd.gov/news-events/meetings. The agenda […]

What’s blocking flow south to Everglades National Park?

WEST PALM BEACH – Everglades National Park needs water. Thanks to recent rainfall – which appears to have fallen everywhere except the park – the Water Conservation Areas (WCAs) north of the Tamiami Trail are full. Why isn’t more water moving south? At the June 11 South Florida Water Management District governing board meeting, Governing […]

SFWMD reducing use of chemicals to control exotic plants

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water District is working to reduce the use of herbicides to control exotic plants, SFWMD Vegetation Management System Section Administrator Francois Laroche explained at the Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration (WRAC) May 28 online meeting. “We are aiming for about 20 percent reduction of herbicide use over the […]

Exotic plant control requires a variety of tools

WEST PALM BEACH — Exotic plant control was the topic for the Water Resources Accountability and Collaboration (WRAC) meeting May 28 online meeting. SFWMD STA and Invasive Species Section Leader LeRoy Rodgers said invasive plant species have a big impact on the SFWMD’s mission. “We want to protect the progress of Everglades restoration efforts from […]

Corps, SFWMD continue work despite ‘social distancing’

WEST PALM BEACH — Work on the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) have continued through the COVID-19 pandemic, Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported to the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force at their online May 7 meeting. He said due to COVID-19, public hearings have moved online and […]

SFWMD announces reopening of several district-managed lands

WEST PALM BEACH – On April 30, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced it has reopened several district-managed lands for active recreation only (hiking, biking, exercising, etc.). In reopening these lands, the district will continue to follow the recommendations of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force, the Florida Department of Health, and […]

SFWMD workshop and April meeting to be online; Advance registration required on Zoom

WEST PALM BEACH — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings of the South Florida Water Management District will be online. Both the upcoming April Governing Board Workshop and Business Meeting will be held online only using Zoom. Participants must to pre-register with Zoom, a free online-meeting too, to view the meeting. You must register separately for each […]