The Department of Environmental Protection is involved in managing the quality and quantity of water through its relationship with the state’s five water management districts: Northwest Florida Water Management District, Suwannee River Water Management District, St. Johns River Water Management District, South Florida Water Management District and Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The water management districts administer flood protection programs and perform technical investigations into water resources. The districts also develop water management plans for water shortages in times of drought and to acquire and manage lands for water management purposes under the Save Our Rivers program. Regulatory programs delegated to the districts include programs to manage the consumptive use of water, aquifer recharge, well construction and surface water management.

As part of their surface water management programs, the districts administer the Department’s stormwater management program. This increases the districts’ contacts with local governments by directing the districts to help with the development of the water elements in local government comprehensive plans.

Florida Water Management District Map
South Florida WMD Southwest Florida WMD St. Johns River WMD Suwannee River WMD Northwest Florida WMD
Northwest Florida WMD Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson (western half), Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, & Washington 81 Water Management Drive
Havana, FL  32333
Suwannee River WMD Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and portions of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Jefferson & Levy 9225 CR 49
Live Oak, FL 32060
800/226-1066 (Florida only)
St. Johns River WMD Brevard, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Indian River, Nassau, Seminole, St. Johns, Volusia, and portions of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Lake, Marion, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola & Putnam P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, FL   32178-1429
Southwest Florida WMD Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Sumter, and portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion & Polk 2379 Broad Street
Brooksville, FL  34604-6899
800/423-1476 (Florida only)
South Florida WMD Broward, Collier, Dade, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola & Polk 3301 GunClub Road
West Palm Beach, FL  33406-3089
800/432-2045 (Florida only)


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