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The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) manages the water and water-related resources within its boundaries, which includes approximately 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties in west-central Florida. The Brooker Creek watershed Web site was developed as part of a pilot Watershed Education Program by the SWFWMD and its project partners. The goals of the program are to:


Educate residents about watershed issues and encourage behavior changes that will improve and protect water resources



Create a program that can be easily expanded to other watersheds in the SWFWMD

Support the SWFWMDs Comprehensive Watershed Management (CWM) Initiative through education (Started in 1994, the CWM Initiative employs a watershed-based approach to water and related natural resource management.)

This Web site encourages citizens to take action and work toward improving conditions in the watershed, especially by taking the watershed pledge or visiting and becoming involved with the Brooker Creek Preserve.

Partners in the Brooker Creek Watershed Education Program include the SWFWMD, Brooker Creek Preserve, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, the Pinellas County School Board and the Hillsborough County School Board.

The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

Come and explore Pinellas Countys wildest place! The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center provides a window into the countys largest remaining natural area, Brooker Creek Preserve. Located on the 8,500-acre preserve set aside to protect the Brooker Creek watershed, the center enables visitors to discover the unique stories hiding there. Exhibits for all ages offer new glimpses into the familiar and the unknown. If it's an outdoor experience you seek, take advantage of a guided hike or venture out on your own on one of the many foot trails. The variety of weekday, evening and weekend programs offers something for everyone from art to wildlife, history to music, pure science to service learning.

Contact Information

Southwest Florida Water Management District
2379 Broad Street (U.S. 41 South)
Brooksville, FL 34604-6899
Telephone: (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only), ext. 4756
Web site: www.WaterMatters.org


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