Centennial Celebration of the Lake Worth Drainage District

MANAGEMENT OF INVASIVE AQUATIC PLANTS IN DISTRICT CANALS

Managing invasive aquatic plants within the Lake Worth Drainage District, using environmentally safe herbicide spraying.

Managing invasive aquatic plants within the Lake Worth Drainage District, using environmentally safe herbicide spraying

The year 2015 marks the Centennial Celebration of the Lake Worth Drainage District.  In 1915, as a result of state legislation, this District came into being to drain excess water during the rainy season and contain water during dry seasons through an intricate system of monitoring, pumps, and locks to prevent flooding.

In later years, the District’s mandate has been enlarged to assure safe and clean water for Palm Beach County’s ever-growing population.  Here, District workers spray herbicide to control the spread of fast-growing aquatic vegetation that hampers the use of canals where allowed and threatens to clog expensive pumps, locks, and other expensive machinery. The District encompasses the old Palm Beach Farms Company tract, comprising some 234 square miles from Okeechobee Boulevard south to the the south boundary line of Palm Beach County.

New board members will be sworn in on June 17, 2015.  Courtesy, Lake Worth Drainage District.

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