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SWIM Plan Updates: 2015 - 2017

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The Northwest Florida Water Management District is developing updated Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plans for each of the seven major watersheds in the Florida panhandle. This will be accomplished with grant funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Project Scope:

The objective of this effort is to develop updated SWIM plans for each of northwest Florida’s major watersheds:

  1. Perdido River and Bay
  2. Pensacola Bay System
  3. Choctawhatchee River and Bay
  4. St. Andrew Bay
  5. Apalachicola River and Bay
  6. Ochlockonee River and Bay
  7. St. Marks River and Apalachee Bay

The overall schedule for development is October 2015 through September 2017. Draft SWIM plans will be available for public review during the summer of 2017, with Governing Board consideration scheduled for the fall of 2017.

The scope of the effort is defined into four general tasks:

  1. Technical advisory committees will be engaged for each watershed to help define issues, develop goals and objectives, identify and prioritize strategies and projects, and assist in development and review of plan documents.
  2. Public outreach and engagement will include public workshops within each watershed and online review.
  3. Priority projects will be defined to achieve goals and objectives established for each watershed.
  4. Updated plans will be completed for each watershed, to include goals, operational objectives, and priority projects.

These tasks may progress concurrently.

Draft SWIM plans:

Draft SWIM plans are available here for public review and comment.

Watershed

Deadline for Receipt of Comments

Document

Ochlockonee River and Bay

August 21, 2017

SWIM plan
Updated September 7, 2017

St. Marks River and Apalachee Bay

August 21, 2017

SWIM plan
Updated September 7, 2017

Choctawhatchee River and Bay

September 25, 2017

SWIM plan
Updated October 5, 2017

Pensacola Bay System

September 25, 2017

SWIM plan 
Updated October 5, 2017

Perdido River and Bay

September 25, 2017

SWIM plan 
Updated October 5, 2017

St. Andrew Bay/St. Joseph Bay

October 18, 2017

SWIM plan
Updated October 31, 2017

Apalachicola River and Bay

October 18, 2017

SWIM plan
Updated October 31, 2017

Please send any comments on the draft SWIM plans to SWIM@nwfwater.com.

Contact Us:

For more information, please contact:

Paul Thorpe
Northwest Florida Water Management District
81 Water Management Drive
Havana, FL 32333 
(850) 539-5999
Paul.Thorpe@nwfwater.com

Public Meeting Schedule

Apalachicola River and Bay SWIM Plan Update

Date

Event

Time

Location

Agenda | Presentation

April 20, 2017

Technical Advisory Meeting

1:00 pm (EST)

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Office, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Agenda | Presentation

June 5, 2017

Public Workshop

5:30 p.m. (Central)

Citizen’s Park Lodge, 4574 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida 32446

Agenda | Presentation

June 7, 2017

Public Workshop

2 p.m. (Eastern)

Apalachicola Community Center at Battery Park, 1 Bay Ave, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 (in Battery Park, adjacent to Gorrie Bridge)

Agenda | Presentation

Perdido, Pensacola, Choctawhatchee, St. Andrew Bay, St. Marks, and Ochlockonee watersheds
Public Workshops

Date

Watershed

Time

Location

Agenda | Presentation

Jan. 10, 2017

Perdido River and Bay

1:00 pm (CST) technical meeting

Escambia County Commission Chambers; 221 South Palafox Place; 
Pensacola, Florida 32502

Agenda | Presentation

Jan. 10, 2017

Perdido River and Bay

5:30 pm (CST) public workshop

Escambia County Commission Chambers; 221 South Palafox Place; 
Pensacola, Florida 32502

Agenda Presentation

Jan. 11, 2017

Pensacola Bay System

1:00 pm (CST) technical meeting

ECUA Board Room; 9255 Sturdevant Street; Ellyson Industrial Park;
Pensacola, Florida 32514

Agenda Presentation

Jan. 11, 2017

Pensacola Bay System

5:30 pm (CST) public workshop

ECUA Board Room; 9255 Sturdevant Street; Ellyson Industrial Park;
Pensacola, Florida 32514

Agenda Presentation

Jan. 26, 2017

St. Marks River and Apalachee Bay

1:00 pm (ET) technical meeting

Wakulla County Community Center; 318 Shadeville Road;
Crawfordville, Florida 32327

Agenda Presentation

Jan. 26, 2017

St. Marks River and Apalachee Bay

5:30 pm (ET) public workshop

Wakulla County Community Center; 318 Shadeville Road;
Crawfordville, Florida 32327

Agenda Presentation

Jan. 31, 2017

Choctawhatchee River and Bay

1:00 pm (CST) technical meeting

City of Freeport Community Center; 16040 Business 331;
Freeport, Florida 32439

Agenda | Presentation

Jan. 31, 2017

Choctawhatchee River and Bay

5:30 pm (CST) public workshop

City of Freeport Community Center; 16040 Business 331;
Freeport, Florida 32439

Agenda | Presentation

Feb. 6, 2017

St. Andrew Bay/St. Joseph Bay

1:00 pm (CST) technical meeting

Bay County Government Center; Room 1030; 840 W. 11th Street;
Panama City, Florida 32401

Agenda | Presentation

Feb. 6, 2017

St. Andrew Bay/St. Joseph Bay

5:30 pm (CST) public workshop

Bay County Government Center; Room 1030; 840 W. 11th Street;
Panama City, Florida 32401

Agenda | Presentation

Feb. 15, 2017

Ochlockonee River and Bay

1:00 pm (ET) technical meeting

NWFWMD Headquarters; 81 Water Management Drive;
Havana, Florida 32333-4712

Agenda | Presentation

Feb. 15, 2017

Ochlockonee River and Bay

5:30 pm (ET) public workshop

NWFWMD Headquarters; 81 Water Management Drive;
Havana, Florida 32333-4712

Agenda | Presentation

Perdido, Pensacola, Choctawhatchee, St. Andrew Bay, St. Marks, and Ochlockonee watersheds

Technical Meetings

Date

Watershed

Time

Location

Agenda | Presentation

April 14, 2016

Choctawhatchee

1-4 p.m. (Central)

Okaloosa County Water and Sewer Administration Building, Fort Walton Beach

Agenda | Presentation

April 27, 2016

Ochlockonee/St. Marks

9 a.m. - noon (Eastern)

NWFWMD Headquarters, Havana

Agenda | Presentation

April 28, 2016

St. Andrew Bay

1-4 p.m. (Central)

Bay County Government Center, Panama City

Agenda | Presentation

May 5, 2016

Pensacola/Perdido

1-4 p.m. (Central)

Escambia County Central Office Complex,  Pensacola

Agenda | Presentation

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