June 28, 2018

SFWMD Unveils New Website to Keep Public Apprised of Efforts to Alleviate High Water Emergency Situation
Webpage contains latest District measures underway to help lower water levels, reduce need for Lake Okeechobee releases to northern estuaries
 

Click on the image to access SFWMD's new website with the latest information on everything being done to lower water levels in the conservation areas and reduce the need for Lake Okeechobee releases, www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater.

 

West Palm Beach, FL - The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) this week unveiled its latest tool to inform the public about the ongoing efforts to alleviate the high water emergency caused by record rainfall throughout South Florida.
 
The new website, www.sfwmd.gov/managinghighwater, will contain weekly video updates from SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik on the latest water conditions and measures implemented to lower lake levels
Click on the image to watch the latest SFWMD video update on Managing High Water.
and move more water through the conservation areas. To view the latest update filmed this week, click HERE.
     
The Managing High Water Website also contains more detailed information on the ongoing efforts  to protect the public and the environment after 300 percent of the average amount of rainfall fell throughout South Florida in May.
  
This record rainfall caused Lake Okeechobee to rapidly rise more than a foot, which led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to begin releases from the lake on June 1 to the northern estuaries to ensure flood protection for the citizens that live south of the lake. At the same time, this record rainfall inundated the water conservation areas, causing them to rise above their regulation schedules.
  
In response to this record rainfall, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to issue an emergency order which expedites the ability of SFWMD and other agencies to take action to lower water levels in the conservation areas, creating capacity to take water from Lake Okeechobee to reduce the need for estuary releases.
  
SFWMD is taking every action within its authority to lower water levels, including storing water on public and private lands, utilizing every available structure to store water and installing temporary pumps to move water.
 
As more measures are implemented, details will be available on the Managing High Water Website.
Media Contact: 
Randy Smith  |   rrsmith@sfwmd.gov    |  Office: 561-682-2800  |  Cell: 561-389-3386
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to protect South Florida's water resources by balancing and improving flood control, water supply, water quality and natural systems.

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