Lake Worth Drainage District (
) and South Florida Water Management District (
) have similar roles, but they are not the same. Both entities operate canals to provide flood control but differ in size and responsibility. SFWMD is one of Florida's
five regional water management districts and oversees the water resources in the southern half of the State. It covers 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys.
LWDD is a local, independent special taxing district. It encompasses over 200 square miles in southeastern Palm Beach County and provides services to 13 municipalities. In conjunction with neighborhood drainage systems, LWDD is able to discharge excess stormwater during major rain events to SFWMD's regional canals which release water to the ocean for flood control. Through the coordinated efforts of LWDD and SFWMD, flood control is achieved for the residents and businesses in southeastern Palm Beach County.