Help Preserve Clean Water - Our Great Natural Resource

Everyone loves water!  People, animals and vegetation benefit when the water is clean and clear.  We can't control the weather and we can't control the animals but we can control our own actions and how they relate to our aquatic environment.  Please read some of the very informative and helpful guides linked to this web page and help keep Glades County waters clean and clear.  Every effort is helpful, no matter how large or small, by resident or by visitor.  And THANK YOU.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), and the U.S. EPA provide useful and informative documents and publications surrounding the topic of maintaining and improving water quality. Glades County is under the guidance of SFWMD, however, information from SWFWMD is also relevant and useful to Glades County residents, so information from that district is also included below.  Both Water Management Districts are overseen by and are part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Water Resource Protection Programs.  

South Florida Water Management District informational web sites

Florida Department of Environmental Protection information for farmers

Glades County Specific
  • Glades County Year-round 3 Day Watering Schedule
  • In 2012, Glades County adopted an Ordinance to require landscaping and buffering for new multi-family, commercial, industrial or public use developments.
  • In 2015, Glades County adopted an Ordinance to regulate stormwater drainage and soil erosion, waterway sedimentation, and airborne dust generation.  If you believe that a property owner is in violation of the provisions of the Ordinance, please report the violation to 863-946-6018.
  • In 2016, Glades County adopted an Ordinance to prohibit illegal dumping, which includes pollution of waterways.  If you believe that a property owner is in violation of the provisions of the Ordinance, please report the violation to 863-946-6018.

Stormwater Management Guides
Stormwater Management: A Guide for Floridians
Stormwater Systems in Your Neighborhood
Save the Swales
Wet Season, Dry Season - Managing Every Drop
Rainy Season Checklist
NPS Fact Sheet

Flood Management Guides
Managing Flood Water Before and After the Storm

Landscaping Guides
Waterwise: South Florida Landscapes
Storm Wise South Florida Landscapes
Florida-Friendly Landscaping: How to Save Water through Water-Smart Planting 
Jardinaria Ecologica
Rain Gardens 

Rain Gardens: A How To Manual fo Homeowners 
A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Florida-Friendly Fertilizing
Rain Barrels, A Homeowners Guide
Green Industry Guide - Florida Friendly Best Management Practices

Life on the Waterfront
Stormwater Ponds: A Citizen's Guide
Wetland/Upland Preserve Areas
(Why is this swamp in my backyard?)

Waterfront Property Owners Guide

An Interesting Report on Florida's Water Resources - historic and current information
Florida Waters, A Water Resource Manual

Septic System Maintenance
Maintaining Your Septic System - A Guide For Homeowners
US EPA Information 
Your Septic System is Your Responsibility

Don't Pollute
Hazardous Chemicals
Citizens Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety

CCA Treated Wood Guide

Florida Yards and Neighborhoods (FYN) Program
Glades County shares a Regional Vegetable/Horticulture Extension Agent with Hendry County.  This agent is Gene McAvoy ( Cell # (863)673-5939, Office # (863)674-4092.  If you have an interest in learning more about FYN or have questions regarding plants and vegetables, please contact him.  He is available to do presentations and gardening classes also.
Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook
University of Florida IFAS FYN website