Central Broward Water Control District, formerly known as
Central Broward Drainage District, (and originally created as the
Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Drainage District) dates back to the
early part of the 20th century.
region was then nothing more than a vast wetland prairie commonly
referred to as the "Florida Wastelands.”
(State Archives photo, right) The District was created at a time when Florida
needed agricultural industry, and the Army Corps of Engineers set
about to make that happen by digging an extensive network of canals.
time, increased growth and development occurred within this region
and this led to a reduction of the natural flood plain. A massive
collection and pumping system was soon established to carry away
floodwaters. Decades later, it is this same canal network that helps
to provide us with protection against floods.
the district continues to maintain and operate its secondary storm
water drainage system in order to help provide its residents with
effective flood control. However, the district must continue to
accomplish this faced with the stresses imposed upon it by continued
growth and development within the region.
growing concern about the negative impact of storm water runoff upon
our fragile environment has prompted the district to implement its
public outreach campaign. With increased public awareness and
understanding of these issues, the district strives to continue to
meet the changing needs of the communities it serves, as well as our
What's in a name?
The Napoleon B. Broward Drainage
District was created in 1917 pursuant to 7430, Laws of Florida for
the purposes defined therein; and thereafter in 1961 by Chapter
61-1439, Laws of Florida, the Florida Legislature created the
Central Broward Drainage District as the successor to the Napoleon
B. Broward Drainage District. It was later amended by Chapters
65-1006, 67-1002, 69-528, 70-479, 71-388, 72-486, 79-432, 80-462,
82-268, 85-388, 86-359, 86-363, 87-506, 88-523, 91-350, 94-426 and
96-536, Laws of Florida. The name change to Central Broward Water
Control District was accomplished by chapter 96-536, Laws of
Florida. Re-codification was accomplished by Chapter 98-501, Laws
of Florida and by said legislative acts, Central Broward Water
Control District is authorized to acquire lands for the installation
of ditches, canals, dams and other facilities as may be necessary.
of one of the District's canals, known then as the Napoleon B. Broward
Drainage District. Photo from District Archives.