Prescribed burn today on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A prescribed burn is being conducted on 1,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee in the Pearce Canal area today, Thursday, Jan. 10, to improve fish and wildlife habitat on the lake. This will be done as a joint effort by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) […]

Snake sets SFWMD python program record

WEST PALM BEACH — A record-setting catch earlier this week is moving the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Python Elimination Program closer to another significant milestone. Kyle Penniston, of Homestead, made the solo capture of a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on SFWMD lands in Miami-Dade County late Monday night. The mammoth […]

SFWMD python hunts eliminate 2 miles’ worth of invasive snakes

More than 1,700 pythons are caught, highlighting district’s ongoing efforts to eradicate invasive species to protect ecosystem WEST PALM BEACH — Hunters participating in the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board’s ongoing Python Elimination Program have achieved another important milestone for this highly successful initiative by eliminating enough snakes to stretch more than […]

SFWMD plans to send water to tide – down through the earth

WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board on Sept. 13 approved a plan to send excess freshwater from Lake Okeechobee down into the Boulder Zone instead of sending it to the coastal estuaries. The board voted to move forward with test wells and exploration of a strategy that could […]

Federal officials tour Everglades restoration projects

On Aug. 15, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Chairman Federico Fernandez and Executive Director Ernie Marks joined the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James to highlight some of the major Everglades restoration projects targeted at reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges to the northern estuaries. Additional participants included U.S. Army […]

Lakeside Ranch STA contract approved

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board last week awarded a contract to build the final piece of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) project, the S-191A Pump Station. In cooperation with the other coordinating agencies, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, SFWMD’s project […]

SFWMD announces 8th consecutive year with no property tax increase

For the eighth consecutive year, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board has acted to protect taxpayers from increased taxes. The Governing Board reviewed a tentative budget for the next fiscal year and approved locking in a property tax rate where residents will pay the same amount of property taxes as last year […]

S-127 navigation lock is open

BUCKHEAD RIDGE — The S-127 navigation lock on the north shore of Lake Okeechobee has resumed normal operations. The lock, located at Buckhead Ridge in Glades County, was temporarily closed Sunday, Dec. 10, to inspect the hydraulic system. For schedules for SFWMD navigation locks and navigation notices, visit

SFWMD invites the public to two Everglades agricultural area water storage reservoir scoping meetings

Public discussion includes the process and progress of Senate Bill 10’s southern reservoir WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) will be hosting two upcoming public scoping meetings on the Everglades Agricultural Area Water Storage Reservoir project. The first of these meetings will be held at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 […]