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Water defines us, and we dive in head first every day to manage central and southern Florida's water needs for the 7.7 million residents we serve. Our mission is to:

  • Operate the primary flood control system – the Central & Southern Florida Project – which includes more than 1,600 miles of canals and 1,000 miles of levees/berms, 60 pump stations, and more than 500 structures and 700 culverts

  • Safeguard regional water supplies for people and the environment for today and the future

  • Ensure water quality in the interconnected Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades ecosystem, one of the most diverse in the world

  • Move forward aggressively with our commitment to restore and protect our natural systems, including America's Everglades


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We are the South Florida Water Management District, a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state – 16 counties from Orlando to Key West and from Fort Myers to Fort Lauderdale. A nine-member Governing Board, appointed by the Governor, sets policy and provides overall direction for the agency, which is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts.

Our diverse workforce is committed and talented, tackling great challenges in environmental science, engineering, planning, technology, legal affairs and more. Among our 1,886 employees, 46 percent hold bachelor's degrees. An additional 32 percent have either master's, doctorate's or law degrees.

Ours is a multi-tiered, world-class water resource management agency. Our vision is to be the premier leader in water resource management and to leave future generations a heritage of stewardship and conservation.

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The South Florida Water Management District is a multi-tiered, world class water resource management agency with a vision to leave future generations with a strong legacy of responsible stewardship, conservation and restoration.

To succeed, we have gathered and nurtured a culturally diverse workforce with expertise in a range of disciplines such as engineering, environmental and earth sciences, design, planning, legal affairs, communications and technology. Among our more than 1,800 employees, 46 percent hold bachelor's degrees and 32 percent hold either master's, doctorate's or law degrees. Our employees hail from more than 100 countries around the globe, from points as near as Mexico, Canada and Jamaica, to destinations as far as China, Iran and Poland.

Together, these accomplished employees manage a remarkably complex list of duties. They handle the economics, information and regulatory components of managing water. They design and construct projects to improve water quality and revitalize ecosystems and manage public lands. They operate and maintain the regional water control system, conduct environmental monitoring and assessment, produce public information materials, develop the budget and much more.

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SFWMD Headquarters: 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406
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