Groundwater Management in Southern Florida

by Mark M. Wilsnack, South Florida Water Management, District, West Palm Beach, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


A water supply plan was developed by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for Hendry County, Florida as part of the Lower West Coast Water Supply Plan. In the course of this study, a numerical groundwater flow model was used to investigate the impacts of increasing water demands on the hydrology of Hendry County. The model simulations revealed that significant regional drawdowns of the water table aquifer will occur if groundwater withdrawals are allowed to increase as predicted. It was determined that these regional drawdowns could have an adverse impact on freshwater wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas. In order to protect these areas, the SFWMD is proposing to regulate drawdowns in the water table aquifer through the permitting process.

Subject Headings: Groundwater management | Groundwater supply | Water management | Groundwater flow | Water supply | Coastal management | Light rail transit | Drawdown (hydrology) | Florida | United States

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