Water here, Water there, Water everywhere.  Who’s in charge?

The management of water throughout the State of Florida.

Florida's Big Dig

Of the 34 million acres or so that make up the State of Florida, water comprises a substantial portion of it.  At the top of the water management  pyramid sits the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.  Under the Department, five Water Management Districts manage a system of nine primary canals and their basins or “C” canals, which are identified by the letter “C” followed by a number. 

In the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), one of the more recognizable primary canals in Broward County is the C-11 canal or the Griffin Road or South New River Canal.  The four other water management districts in Florida are the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the Suwanee River Water Management District, the St. Johns River Water Management District, and the Southwestern Florida Water Management District.

In Broward County, for example, nine primary canals and their basins, along with an…

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