Digital web board is now open for public comment on the 2018 South Florida Environmental Report

The District enhances transparency and accessibility by organizing public feedback through online forum

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is utilizing a dedicated web board to provide full public access for the agency’s annual South Florida Environmental Report (SFER). Underscoring the agency’s efforts for transparency, this enhanced process allows the public to comment and review all comments of those participating in the SFER review.

On Oct. 3, participants can now provide comments on Volume I chapters and appendices of the 2018 SFER through the SFER Web Board. The tentative date for posting the entire report is Oct. 23, 2017. The review period will continue until all chapters of the report have been posted for a minimum of three weeks (end date to be determined based on date of last posting).

“This SFER is a critical report highlighting the important work of scientists and engineers,” said SFWMD Executive Director Ernie Marks. “By modernizing the public review and feedback process we are encouraging all interested parties, including environmental stakeholders, private industry and members of the public to participate and let their voice be heard.”

Marking its 20th year of publication, the SFER presents dozens of reports in a three-volume publication that compiles scientific, fiscal, program reports and permit compliance documentation. In past years, feedback has been collected through various channels and forums including the digital web board, public meetings and events as well as phone calls and emails with the SFWMD and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

The process of utilizing the web board as the sole repository for comments will centralize the SFER review and provide an easily-tracked location for the sender and receiver regarding public comment.

Utilizing the web board will require commenters to register by providing a name and e-mail address. To register visit the following link: http://sfwmd.websitetoolbox.com/register/register

For more information regarding registering or accessing the web board, please contact Kim Chuirazzi at kchuiraz@sfwmd.gov or 561-682-2425.

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