(The Northwest Florida Water Management District protects and manages water resources, including wetlands, across 16 counties in northwest Florida)
The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD), created by Chapter 373, Florida Statutes (F.S.), is charged with protecting and managing the water resources, including wetlands, of northwest Florida in a sustainable manner for the benefit of its residents and natural ecosystems. To accomplish this goal, the NWFWMD implements a variety of programs including wetlands mitigation, land acquisition and management, and regulation of wetland impacts. The NWFWMD regional wetland mitigation program (Umbrella Plan / In-Lieu Fee Program), other wetland restoration activities, and related resource management activities are discussed at:
- Umbrella Plan
- Sand Hill Lakes Mitigation Bank
- Tates Hell
- NWFWMD Land Acquisition Program
- NWFWMD Environmental Resource Permitting
- Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) Program
- Management and Storage of Surface Waters (MSSW) Program
Under § 373.4137, F.S., NWFWMD offers mitigation services, as an option, to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for road projects with wetland impacts. Proposed transportation projects in northwest Florida with potential wetland impacts may be found at the FDOT Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) website.
The chief purpose of this website is to communicate relevant information associated with the NWFWMD regional mitigation program (e.g., mitigation plans, updates, monitoring reports, state and federal permits, FDOT environmental impact inventories, etc.) to state and federal permitters, commenting agencies, other interested entities, and to the public.