Lake Worth Drainage District history (1985-1995).

LWDD history Part 9  (short 5 minute video, Click to start program)

Water, Water, Everywhere.  As devoted readers of over 260 postings at this website, you must know by now that my central focus began with my book, “Florida’s Big Dig,” the story of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Author, Bill Crawford, presents keynote speech at the LWDD Centennial Celebration
Author, Bill Crawford, presents keynote speech at the LWDD Centennial Celebration

Along the way, my interest branched out to the crisis of severe drought in California, canals in America and throughout Europe, Africa, and Latin America, both today and in the past, to water control and management, canals, dams, aqueducts, and canal aqueducts for transportation, to the law in America when rivers and waterways and their tributaries run through two or more States of the United States.

A few months ago, I was invited to give the keynote speech at the Centennial Celebration of the Lake Worth Drainage District.  Incorporated in 1915, the District historically has played an important role in managing water in one of the largest drainage districts in Florida.  The District insures that there is sufficient water in drought and protection against flooding during the rainy season.

This short tape chronicles a decade of rapid growth in population while agriculture’s pressing needs continue to require the greatest amount of water for the growth of fruits and vegetables, including sugar cane and peppers that in many ways make Palm Beach County the ‘bread basket’ of the Sunshine State.  Click the link above for “LWDD history Part 9.”

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