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Science Drives Water Management Decisions

The South Florida Water Management District's actions and water management plans are based on the expertise of scientists, researchers and modelers using the best available techniques and laboratory analyses. Unbiased and accurate data are mandatory for planning and implementing water quality improvements and environmental restoration efforts.

Monitoring Environmental Indicators

As part of routine scientific efforts, the District monitors numerous environmental indicators, such as surface water, ground water, rainfall, fish, birds, invertebrates and sediments. We also test for more than 100 water quality parameters in the Everglades Protection Area. Ongoing research focuses on optimizing the performance of Stormwater Treatment Areas and Best Management Practices, specifically to improve Everglades water quality.

Ongoing Scientific Research

The District and collaborating agencies conduct dozens of ongoing scientific research projects to obtain a better understanding of the influence of regional hydrology and other factors on Everglades plant, landscape, wildlife and ecology systems.


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