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Water Management District Priority Waterbodies


The following lists of Water Management District priority waterbodies are provided to help local governments with stormwater and surface water restoration projects fill out Community Budget Issue Request (CBIR) forms for the purpose of applying for water project funding. The CBIR forms are available from the offices of your potential House and Senate sponsors. Each WMD list is arranged alphabetically.

Please note that related waterbodies may be included as part of the named priority waterbodies. You should contact the appropriate Water Management District for detailed information; the name of each districts links to its main webpage, which has program and contact information.


Northwest Florida WMD

  • Apalachicola River and Bay
  • Choctawhatchee River and Bay
  • Lake Jackson
  • Pensacola Bay System and tributaries
  • St. Andrews Bay System
  • St. Marks River

Note that tributaries, sub-embayments, and contributing watershed areas are considered part of the listed priority waterbodies. These waters are in the area encompassing all of Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington counties; and part of Jefferson County.

St. Johns River WMD

  • Upper St. Johns River Basin - Added October 2005
  • Indian River Lagoon
  • Lower St. Johns River Basin
  • Middle St. Johns River Basin
  • Northern Coastal Basin
  • Orange Creek Basin
  • Upper Ocklawaha River Basin, including Lake Apopka

These waters are in the area encompassing all of Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties; and parts of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Lake, Marion, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Putnam counties.

South Florida WMD

  • Big Cypress
  • Biscayne Bay
  • Butler Chain of Lakes
  • Caloosahatchee River and Estuaries
  • Everglades
  • Florida Bay
  • Florida Keys
  • Indian River Lagoon
  • Kissimmee River and Chain of Lakes
  • Lake Arbuckle
  • Lake Istokpoga
  • Lake Okeechobee
  • Lake Trafford
  • Lake Weohyakpka
  • Lake Worth Lagoon
  • Lower Charlotte Harbor
  • Loxahatchee River
  • Naples Bay
  • New River
  • Rookery Bay/Marco
  • St. Lucie River and Estuaries
  • Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

These waters are in the area encompassing all of Broward, Collier, Dade, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties; and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties. Water bodies in blue text added based on Governing Board resolution, February 14, 2008.

Southwest Florida WMD

  • Banana Lake
  • Charlotte Harbor
  • Chassahowitzka River
  • Crystal River/Kings Bay
  • Homosassa River
  • Lake Panasoffkee
  • Lake Tarpon
  • Lake Thonotosassa
  • Rainbow River
  • The Ridge Lakes
  • Sarasota Bay
  • Tampa Bay
  • Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes
  • Weeki Wachee Springs/River
  • Winter Haven Chain of Lakes

These waters are in the area encompassing all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, and Sumter counties; and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion and Polk counties.

Suwannee River WMD

  • All surface waters within the geographic area of the Suwannee River WMD, including river reaches, springs, lakes, and estuaries.

These waters are in the area encompassing all of Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union counties; and parts of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Jefferson, Levy, and Putnam counties.

If you have questions about which Water Management District your project is in, consult the boundary map. The map is a .pdf file and can be enlarged, reduced and manipulated using the Acrobat reader toolbar.


Florida's Water Management Districts


If you have general questions about these lists, please contact DEP by e-mail at waterprojects@dep.state.fl.us or call Geof Mansfield at 850.245.8339.

However, if you want detailed information or wish to discuss your project's potential effects on one of the priority waterbodies, please contact the relevant Water Management District directly.


Last updated: June 30, 2015

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