South Florida Water Management District Awards Accela $5 Million Contract
Software Maker's Technology Selected to Manage, Protect and Preserve Area
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has selected Accela, Inc., software to automate and track the land acquisition activities involved with managing and maintaining the water supply for 16 central and southern Florida counties.
Accela Automation(TM), a Web browser-based solution, will aid SFWMD directly in meeting the land acquisition requirements set forth in the 30-year, $7.8 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and allow the District to effectively provide the land required to protect and preserve the area's water supply and corresponding ecosystem in a timely manner.
"The protection of water is vital to the future livelihood of the state of Florida," states Dolores Cwalino, Technology Business Analyst for the SFWMD. "Accela's solution helps the District to better protect and conserve the water supply in the Everglades by providing a method to track land information that affects the quantity, quality, timing and distribution of the water supply."
The Accela solution will play a critical role in allowing the SFWMD to accomplish the tasks outlined in the CERP in a timely manner. The cornerstone of the restoration and preservation project is land acquisition, with a specific focus on managing the seven bodies of water contained within an 18,000-square mile radius.
The system will provide an effective and efficient way to manage the required land acquisition, as well as track the statuses and restoration progress of each landmass. Additionally, it also will integrate with geographic data and allow those outside the District (e.g. title examiners, real estate appraisers and environmental assessment agencies) to utilize the system for managing and updating the progress of land acquisition tasks. The system also will provide public access to view the land acquisition data.
More information about the SFWMD or the CERP can be located at www.sfwmd.gov.