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Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plan Updates
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Project Background and Description

In order to better protect the natural resources, the District is developing new Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Plans. The Florida Legislature enacted the SWIM Act to protect, restore, and maintain water bodies of state and regional significance. Under this act, the state’s five water management districts identify a list of priority water bodies within their authority and implement plans to improve them.

The District first developed SWIM Plans in the late 1980s, some of which were updated in the mid-1990s. In 2015, the District pursued and was awarded a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to update and develop two comprehensive SWIM Plans for the Suwannee River Basin and Coastal Rivers Basin. The new SWIM Plans are currently being developed.

Public Involvement

Input from all stakeholders, including residents, businesses, local governments, and interested persons and groups is highly encouraged.
 
The District will hold public meetings in each basin to solicit input on the draft SWIM Plans, including priority issues, needs, and projects to restore and protect the water and natural resources in each basin. Specific dates and locations of the meetings will be provided on this webpage when available.

Draft SWIM Plans will be made available through this page for public review and comment. Please see the links below to review the district’s existing SWIM Plans.

Project Scope
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The objective of this project is to develop SWIM plans that address priority issues on a watershed basis. A SWIM plan will be developed for the Suwannee River and Coastal Rivers basins. These basins include, but are not limited to, the following water bodies:

  • Suwannee River Basin
    • Suwannee River
    • Santa Fe River
    • Alapaha River
    • Withlacoochee River
    • Ichetucknee River

  • Coastal Rivers Basin
    • Aucilla River
    • Wacissa River
    • Econfina River
    • Steinhatchee River
    • Fenholloway River
    • Waccasassa River

Each SWIM Plan will address a broad range of issues including, but not limited to:
  • Water quantity
  • Water quality
  • Habitat and ecosystems
  • Listed species
  • Land acquisition and conservation
  • Restoration opportunities and future restoration needs
  • Research and monitoring needs

Project Tasks
  1. Review of existing SWIM plans, natural resource plans, research papers, and related publications about these two basins. 
  2. Public and stakeholder outreach including public workshops in each basin to identify priority issues, needs, and projects to restore and protect the water and natural resources in each basin.
  3. Draft two SWIM Plans for the Suwannee River Basin and Coastal Rivers Basin. 
  4. Final public meetings following circulation of draft SWIM Plans to receive public comment on draft plans.
  5. Prepare of Final SWIM Plans for Suwannee River Basin and Coastal Rivers Basin.
  6. Develop a synthesis document summarizing the findings, conclusions, and recommended projects, programs, and management activities in the SWIM Plans to be used as part of the Florida Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) restoration strategy.

Upcoming Meetings

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For more information please contact: Leslie Ames (386) 362-1001,