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Ecosystems in South Florida are differentiated by the elevation of the ground. Upland areas are drier, while lower areas naturally form wetlands. Subtle changes create distinctly different habitats.

Each habitat is fragile and susceptible to invasive plants and animals.

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Managing Water in South Florida


The South Florida Water Management District is tasked with managing and protecting water resources of the region by balancing and improving flood control, water quality, natural systems and water supply.

The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that oversees the water resources in the southern half of the state, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys and serving a population of 8.1 million residents. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing and protecting water resources of South Florida by balancing and improving flood control, water quality, natural systems and water supply.

A key initiative is the restoration of America's Everglades – the largest environmental restoration project in the nation's history. The District is also working to improve the Kissimmee River and its floodplain, Lake Okeechobee and South Florida's coastal estuaries.

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