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Water Management Districts - Budget Quick Links
South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Melissa Meeker, St. Johns River Water Management District Board Member John Miklos, Southwest Florida Water Management District Vice-Chair Hugh Gramling, DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. and Suwannee River Water Management District Executive Director David Still. Present but not pictured Northwest Florida Water Management District Executive Director Doug Barr.

Secretary Vinyard, with representatives from the five water management districts, speaks at a press conference Wednesday, August 24, 2011 announcing water management district budget reductions.


Effective and efficient water management is essential to the public, the environment and Florida’s economic health and welfare. The core mission of Florida’s five water management districts is to protect Florida’s water supply, water quality, natural systems and provide flood protection. Over the past several months, DEP has worked collaboratively with the water management districts to review, revise and realign their operations, practices and budgets.

The proposed 2011-2012 water management district budgets are $700 million less than last year, and will bring water management district operations more in line with state agencies and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent in a prudent and transparent manner. It is important to note that despite these reductions, the districts will continue to invest more than $1 billion in the management and protection of Florida’s water resources during the next fiscal year.

The information below is to inform the public of water management district budget reductions and savings.

Press Kit


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Water Management Districts Media Contacts

  • Northwest Florida: Jim Lamar, Northwest Florida Water Management District (850) 539-2663, Jim.Lamar@nwfwater.com
  • South Florida: Randy Smith, Media Relations, (561) 682-6197, rrsmith@sfwmd.gov
  • Southwest Florida: Susanna Martinez Tarokh, Public Information Officer, (813) 985-7481 ext. 2008, Susanna.Martinez@swfwmd.state.fl.us
  • St. Johns River: Tiffany Cowie, Communications Manager, (334) 799-7092, tcowie@sjrwmd.com
  • Suwannee River: Abby Johnson, Governmental Affairs & Communications Coordinator, (386) 362-1001 ajj@srwmd.org
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