Google Technology to Support South Florida Water Management District in Managing Critical Water Programs

December 8, 2022
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Google Public Sector announces it will help South Florida Water Management District with technology for managing critical water programs.

In a media release issued last month by Google Inc., Google announced that Google Public Sector is partnering with the South Florida Water Management District to facilitate more informed management of critical water programs.

The goal of the partnership is to equip the South Florida Water Management District with enhanced capability to visualize and analyze trend patterns in water quality. As part of the initiative, Google Public Sector will deploy its Climate Insights for natural resources solution to help support the availability of drinking water for Florida residents, while also helping preserve Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Google’s Climate Insights is powered by Google Earth Engine (GEE) running on Google Cloud and Climate Engine.

Sean Sculley, South Florida Water Management District’s Chief of Applied Science said, “The South Florida Water Management District is proud to continue our water quality improvement efforts using the best available science and tools.

“Our partnership with Google Public Sector and Climate Engine comes at a pivotal time in Florida’s history and recently enhanced environmental restoration efforts. These sustainability solutions will help us to make better decisions for the communities and environment in South Florida.”

In addition to helping the agency with better technology for managing critical water programs, the cloud-based technology will support the South Florida Water Management District in the fight against harmful algal blooms (HABs) and assist with natural resource restoration and other sustainability efforts. South Florida Water Management District is currently building a prototype artificial intelligence (AI) model to better understand and anticipate HABs before they occur.

The South Florida Water Management District is the largest and oldest water district in Florida. The agency oversees water resources in Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties, as well as portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties.

Managing Critical Water Programs Everglades National Park

What is Google Public Sector?

Good question! Established earlier this year, Google Public Sector was created as a new Google division that focuses on helping U.S. public sector institutions. Google Cloud is designed to accelerate an organization’s ability to digitally transform its business, delivering enterprise-grade solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology.

About South Florida Water Management District

The South Florida Water Management District is the regional state agency that manages the water resources in the southern half of the Sunshine State from Orlando to the Florida Keys. Created in 1949, the agency is responsible for managing the world’s largest and most complex water management system including thousands of miles of canals along with hundreds of water control infrastructure. This infrastructure works to drain urbanized Central and Southern Florida. The District also leads the restoration of America’s Everglades, the world’s most ambitious ecosystem restoration effort. Additionally, the agency provides regional water supply for residents, businesses and the environment. 

Photo credits: “Kayaking in Everglades National Park” National Park Service / Jane Gamble and “Alligator Swimming in the Everglades” National Park Service / Federico Acevedo

US Submergent Technologies and SediVision® is headquartered in Florida and serves water districts and utilities managers across the Southeastern U.S., expanding into Texas, the Midwest, and the Ohio River Valley Basin.

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