District Receives Funding from Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Two Wellfields in Polk County

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) received more than $2.4 million in funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to assist with aquifer testing, feasibility, and preliminary design for the planned Southeast and West Polk Lower Floridan Aquifer (LFA) wellfields in Polk County. The projects are cooperatively funded between the District and […]

Growing a Green Thumb

How do I get started? Look with a critical eye. What is it you’re dealing with? Is the area prone to erosion, steeply sloped and hard to mow? Dealing with shaded areas? Experiencing well-drained sandy soils or occasional flooding? Is salt spray an issue?  Begin by identifying the growing conditions. Then, identify plants that can exist […]

2020 Lakes Appreciation Month

Since 1998, when the National Association of Lake Management Society launched Lake Awareness we have focused attention on lakes and reservoirs and their unique value, as well as the management issues they face. In 2003, Lake Awareness Week became Lakes Appreciation Month, held annually in July. Lakes Appreciation Month has helped raise awareness on lake […]

Water Safety Month 2020

May is Nation Water Safety Month and the Lakes Education Action Drive wants ensure that every member of your family is safe on our waterways this summer. Below are a few links to help you and your family become water safety aware. National Water Safety Month Partners American Red Cross Safe Boating from State Farm […]

International Coastal Cleanup Day

In celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day and National Public Lands Day, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites Florida residents and visitors to volunteer at events in Florida’s state parks, aquatic preserves and national estuarine research reserves Sept. 21-28, 2019. Sept. 21 is International Coastal Cleanup Day, the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect oceans, […]

UF/IFAS Mosquito Expert

Literature Review Verifies Safety of Popular Repellent DEET, Counters Alarmist News Reports Re-Blogged from the University of Florida As summer continues, many Florida residents find themselves targeted by mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks – and a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences entomologist says that when people reach for repellents, their first […]