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South Florida Water Management District Environmental Monitoring

Sponsoring Organization:  South Florida Water Management District

Description:  Improving water quality is one of the core components in the South Florida Water Management District's mission. A significant amount of data is collected and analyzed to assess our region's water quality. Water quality monitoring systems track ecosystem status and trends and the performance of District projects, including information needed to meet legal and regulatory requirements. Environmental information is essential to effective water resource management and restoration. Real-time data combined with historical information about weather, rainfall and changes in vegetation or land-use are used to help managers make water resource decisions that are based on the soundest science. The District's environmental monitoring program supports restoration projects throughout the central and south Florida region, including the Everglades, Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, Big Cypress Basin, water conservation areas and stormwater treatment areas.

Web Site:  https://www.sfwmd.gov/science-data/environmental-monitoring

Program Contact Web URL:  https://www.sfwmd.gov/contact

Program Purpose:  Environmental information is essential to effective water resource management and restoration. Real-time data combined with historical information about weather, rainfall and changes in vegetation or land-use are used to help managers make water resource decisions that are based on the soundest science. The District's environmental monitoring program supports restoration projects throughout the central and south Florida region, including the Everglades, Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, Big Cypress Basin, water conservation areas and stormwater treatment areas.

Data Access Web URL:  http://my.sfwmd.gov/dbhydroplsql/show_dbkey_info.main_menu

Data Access Information:  Data collected for water quality monitoring is available on the District's specialized database called DBHYDRO (https://www.sfwmd.gov/science-data/dbhydro). This database is the source of historical and up-to-date environmental data for the 16-county region covered by the District. The DBHYDRO Browser allows you to search DBHYDRO, using one or more criteria, and to generate a summary of the data from the available period of record. You can then select data sets of interest and have the time series data dynamically displayed on your screen in tables or graphs. You can also download data to your computer for later use.

Data Access Policy Web URL:  http://my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20disclaimersurvey/disclaimer

Sampling Design:  The District monitors surface water, fish and sediment in marshes, estuaries, lakes, rivers and canals. Sampling locations include pumping stations, culverts, marsh environments and open water environments. Water, fish and sediment samples are analyzed for nutrients, pesticides, trace metals and ultra-trace mercury.

Data Collection Area Description:  Everglades, Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, Big Cypress Basin, water conservation areas and stormwater treatment areas

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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