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South Florida Water Management District

SFWMD is a regional governmental agency responsible for water quality, flood control, and environmental restoration in 16 counties, from Orlando to the Florida Keys.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) manages and protects water resources on behalf of 7.5 million South Floridians, and is the lead agency in restoring America's Everglades—the largest environmental project in the nation's history.


In Florida, land and water are interconnected and interdependent. In a landscape defined by water-coastlines and lake shores, inland waterways and wetlands-managing and restoring land helps to preserve Florida’s water resources.

SFWMD restoration efforts where land plays an essential role include the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, the Loxahatchee River, the Everglades and the Big Cypress Preserve, Florida Bay, the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon and the Caloosahatchee River.

These unique areas in Florida offer diverse and rewarding recreational opportunities. The ecosystems and wildlife you can observe here are direct beneficiaries of restoration and land acquisition programs supported by SFWMD and local, state and federal partners. Whether you like to hike, fish, camp, hunt, geocache, study nature, ride horses or bicycles, or just relax—the South Florida Water Management District invites you to explore these public lands.

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