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Three Candidates Seek Re-Election to Board

Three incumbents will run unopposed in Board election 
Three candidates submitted their notice of intent to run for office before the close of the December 16th board meeting. Running unopposed are: James M. Alderman (Sub-District 1), Harry Raucher (Sub-District 4) and Stephen Bedner (Sub-District 2). Board positions are non-partisan and supervisors are elected by all landowners within the boundaries of the District. The official election will be held at the Annual Landowners Meeting on January 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at District headquarters. The meeting is open to the public. For more information call 561-498-5363 or email info@lwdd.net.
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Residential Associations Find Help With Irrigation

Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab is a resource for communities
The Urban Mobile Irrigation Lab is a resource available to residential associations in Palm Beach County. Sponsored by the Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District (PBSWCD), the lab can perform irrigation evaluations within communities to help reduce potable water use and leaching of fertilizers on urban land. In addition, the PBSWCD strives to educate residents on ways to protect our natural resources, promote best management practices and conserve, improve and sustain the environment.
The irrigation evaluation begins with on-site observations and measurements of the irrigation system. The information collected is analyzed to identify potential problems with the system design, operation and maintenance. By evaluating soil conditions and measuring the system uniformity, flow rates and pressure, the PBSWCD can work with your community to solve common irrigation problems.
 There are 58 soil and water conservation districts in Florida. The PBSWCD was established in January 1979 as a division of the State, under Florida Statutes 582. The PBSWCD services all of Palm Beach County as a Not for Profit 501(C)3. It does not levy taxes, issue bonds or have the means to enforce land use laws. Working with other agencies and local businesses, the PBSWCD is able to provide services at reduced rates and tailor programs to fit the needs of the community. For more information, contact the Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District at 561-792-2727 or email David DeMaio, Project Manager, at ddemaio@bellsouth.net.
Precipitation Outlook

Winter Brings Wet Weather Predictions

Strong El Nino may produce a wetter than normal winter
Meteorologists are predicting a strong El Nino making this winter wetter and colder than normal. The El Nino effect allows cold fronts and the jet stream to move farther south and thus sets the stage for more severe weather events. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produced a video that discusses the El Nino phenomenon. Click here to watch.
Unlike tropical storms and hurricanes which forecasters can see approaching days in advance, severe rainfall events can develop quickly. Residential communities and property managers are advised to continue to be vigilant with flood control maintenance to ensure that control structures, swales, drains and outfall pipes have an unobstructed flow.  Residents should stay tuned to television or radio stations when storms develop and follow any emergency instructions from authorities. A variety of flood control resources can be found on the District’s website at www.lwdd.net.

Flood Control Depends on Unencumbered Access

Individual property enhancements may affect many
Many residents in central and southeastern  Palm Beach County live adjacent to a District canal. In order to enhance their landscapes or properties, residents often plant vegetation or place other encroachments, such as swing-sets, fences and patio furniture, on the canal rights-of-way. Property enhancements and encroachments located on the rights-of-way can severely hinder the District’s ability to keep residents safe during severe storms. Since the majority of the land in our region is low and flat, proper drainage depends on an extensive network of canals to remove excess stormwater after major rainfall events including tropical storms and hurricanes. Vegetation and other structures along the canal rights-of-way may cause blockages, slow the progression of drainage and reduce response time during emergency situations. The health, safety and welfare of our constituents is paramount. Unauthorized property enhancements can threaten the welfare of residents many miles away. A well-maintained canal system is the best defense against possible flooding. The District’s canals and rights-of-way vary in width throughout the service area. Some property enhancements may be permissible depending on the location and size of the canal and if there is adequate access for canal maintenance and emergency response. Residents or business owners that are adjacent to District canals and seeking to make specific property improvements such as docks and native vegetation must obtain a permit from the District. For more information email us at info@lwdd.net.
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Safety is Job One for the District

District is recognized for achievements in employee safety

The Florida Association of Special Districts (FASD) presented the District with the 2015 Safety Award in recognition of the District’s safety programs and risk management initiatives. The District has taken the safety program from paper to practice by establishing an agency-wide culture of “Safety First.” By implementing the best practices of accident prevention through the use of regular training, safety inspections, job safety analysis, and quarterly safety committee meetings, the District has reduced or eliminated potential workplace hazards that can cause injury. The reduction of workers’ compensation claims and employee absenteeism has provided a cost savings for the District. The 2015 Safety Award was presented to the Board of Supervisors at its July 15, 2015 monthly meeting.