Category Archives: SWFWMD

Let’s get more of that water consistency stuff?

The governor and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection both have called for more “consistency” in the policies and programs of the water management districts. However, one of the main benefits of regionally-focused water management is being able to be … Continue reading

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October 25, 1913: “Entirely practicable” to drain the Everglades

(Continuing my practice this week of being a few days off on historical anniversaries), it was on October 25, 2021 that the Florida Everglades Engineering Commission advised that draining the Everglades was both “entirely practicable” and inexpensive: Well, no. The … Continue reading

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Oct. 25, 1974: West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority

The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority was formed on October 25, 1974. The original Water Resources Act of 1972 had not included provisions for such regional authorities so this was the first major amendment to the new framework of … Continue reading

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Oct. 23, 1962: Congress authorizes the “Four River Basins” Project

On October 23, 2021 Congress authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to commence work on the “Four River Basins” Project. Regional floods in the Tampa Bay region were a major impetus for the project. The Southwest Florida Water Management was … Continue reading

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Partying at the Southwest Florida Water Management District

Governor Scott just appointed Mr. Randy Maggard to a seat on the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He will serve under the Chairmanship of Mr. Paul Senft, Jr.  Both are Republican Party officials. Haggard is the … Continue reading

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How to wreck a water management district

Craig Pittman has a story at the St. Petersburg Times about how three of the most competent, level-headed, and experienced water managers at the Southwest Florida Water Management District were dismissed by the new Executive Director. Sonny Vergara has more … Continue reading

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