Water Management Districts, State continue collaboration to secure Florida’s water supply

The Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) estimates central Florida will need an additional 250 million gallons of water per day by 2035 to meet the demands of a growing population.

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CFWI Focuses on Saving Water Outdoors

Ensuring that central Florida has the water it needs is at the core of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI).

CFWI Projects Taking Shape Throughout Region

Drilling more than half a mile below ground to find new sources of water in the Lower Floridan aquifer (LFA). Finding new ways to reuse reclaimed water. Combining stormwater and reclaimed water to build a sustainable supply.

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CFWI focuses on collaboration with utilities to extend water supply

Built on the concept of collaboration, the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) works with the area’s 83 utilities to scale water conservation efforts and promote alternative water supplies for a growing population.

Scientists Complete Second Year of Wetland Monitoring Program Setup

Water management scientists have completed a second year of setting up wetland monitoring sites as part of a regional monitoring program.

The project is part of the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI), a water planning effort among government agencies, water utilities, environmental groups, business organizations, agricultural communities and other stakeholders in a five-county area.

The scientists are part of the Data, Monitoring and Investigations Team, which is made up of staff from the Southwest, St. Johns River and South Florida water management districts. This ensures that all water management districts are using the same methods.

The goal is to set up a total of 107 sites across the CFWI area by 2020. As part of the second year, staff recently set up monitoring in six wetlands in Polk County.

The process is grueling fieldwork, which involved trekking by foot into remote areas in the summer heat.

“Because the fieldwork is so difficult, I think of it as an adventure challenge,” said Kym Rouse Holzwart, who has been leading this effort for the Southwest Water Management District. “It is a privilege to be involved in setting up this important regional wetland monitoring program and a great opportunity to collaborate with the other water management districts.”

The monitoring sites will help the CFWI team develop and maintain an inventory of available hydrologic, environmental, and other pertinent data and investigations in the region. To learn more about CFWI, visit CFWIWater.com.