Know the Flow

Protecting our Water and Working Together

Here in South Florida, we know a lot about water. The Everglades. Miles of beaches. Swimming. Diving. Fishing. Boating. Heavy rains in the summer. But have you ever considered what happens to stormwater when it rains? Where does it go and how does it get there? These are just a couple of the issues related to our water management systems.

Water management really begins with you. By "knowing the flow" you can help prevent flooding, reduce pollution and protect our water resources for the future.

Flood Protection - Understanding the Basics

More than 2,600 miles of canals and levees, 1,300 water control structures and 66 pump stations make up the regional water management system – one of the largest in the world. See how the regional network of canals and water control structures convey excess water into storage areas or out to the ocean.
Managing Every Drop

Your Neighborhood Drainage System

Rain Drain: What to expect in your neighborhood when it rains

Clean water begins in our own yards where the flow of rainwater begins its journey to the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Harmful substances (leaking oil from your car or fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and pesticides that you use on your lawn) enter our ponds, lakes, canals and the ocean every time it rains – which is a lot here in Broward County. So let’s all be good stewards of the environment and protect our water. 

Only Rain Water Goes into the Storm Drains

Your neighborhood drainage system is not a garbage disposal - don't treat it like one. Demonstrate your responsibility and dispose of chemicals, fertilizer, oil, etc. at a household hazardous waste collection site.
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program and Green Industry Best Management Practices (BMPs) for homeowners, commercial landscape maintenance providers and property managers provide science-based guidance for protection of water resources.

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