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 […]

Ben Butler appointed to 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 […]

SFWMD workshop here Nov. 5

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District has started the process to change Chapter 40E-61 of the Florida Administrative Code, also known as Lake Okeechobee Works of the District rules. The first workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Indian River State College Dixon Hendry Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth […]

U.S. Sugar vows support of EAA reservoir project

U.S. Sugar’s support of Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA) project was questioned at the Oct. 10 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board, but reinforced by an Oct. 11 letter to that board. The controversy began with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ request for public […]

SFWMD considers changing rules for lake watershed

WEST PALM BEACH — At its Oct 10 meeting, the South Florida Water Management District Board voted to start the process to change Chapter 40E-61 Florida Administrative Code of the also known as Lake Okeechobee Works of the District rules. Stephany Olson, SFWMD science supervisor, said there are large gaps between the restoration goal and […]

13 apply for Heartland seat on SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE — Thirteen people have submitted applications to the governor’s office for appointment to the South Florida Water Management District seat to represent the Heartland counties: • George Hastings, of Kissimmee, is a partner in Business Brokerage Services. He owns Hastings Ranch and Farm LLC. “Living at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades for the […]

Heartland counties still have no voice at SFWMD

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will focus on water quality issues at its Sept. 11 workshop meeting in West Palm Beach. The Heartland counties of the South Florida Water Management District will once again have no representation. The seat for the at-large member for an area that includes […]

SFWMD re-opening public access to recreation land after Hurricane Dorian passed

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has re-opened public access to SFWMD-managed land and all land managed in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as of Thursday, Sept. 5. Access was temporarily closed for public safety last week because of the expected impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Information on all SFWMD-managed lands […]