The South Florida Water Management District is tasked with managing and protecting water resources of the region by balancing and improving flood control, water quality, natural systems and water supply.
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.1 million residents. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water quality, natural systems and water supply.
A key initiative is the restoration of America's Everglades – the largest environmental restoration project in the nation's history. The District is also working to improve the Kissimmee River and its floodplain, Lake Okeechobee and South Florida's coastal estuaries.
Inspirational Leader: Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold is considered the father of wildlife management. His work changed the way we think about conservation. Leopold developed the idea of a “Land Ethic” initiating the modern conservation movement. Pick up a copy of A Sand County Almanac to inspire your own land ethic or visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation to learn more.