Containment Boom

Floating Barriers Increase Efficiency

District enhances efforts to capture and remove debris

The District routinely maintains more than 50 containment booms throughout its 500-mile canal network. To enhance efforts to capture and remove floating debris, the District has recently replaced and upgraded more than half of these booms.

Containment booms are floating ribbon-like structures that span the canal cross-section and extend approximately one foot both above and below the water surface. As water flows through a canal or as winds blow across the water’s surface, floating debris will move through the canal network. The booms serve as a physical barrier, “corralling” the debris while allowing water to continue to flow unimpeded.

Installed at critical locations in order to concentrate floating vegetation and other debris, the booms allow District vegetation management crews to more effectively collect, treat and dispose of the material. This approach significantly reduces the quantity of undesirable floating material that would otherwise move downstream during excessive rainfall events and flow into ecologically sensitive water bodies or adjacent neighborhoods.

Without the use of containment booms, District vegetation management crews would have to traverse every mile of its 500-mile canal network to find, treat or remove floating vegetation and other debris before it could move downstream and become a nuisance. Over the next year, the District will continue its efforts to replace and upgrade the remaining booms in order to realize additional efficiencies and costs savings associated with time and materials necessary to maintain the canals.   Click here for more information regarding the District’s canal maintenance activities.

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Celebrating 100 Years: Centennial Moment Videos

View the 12 part series of historical videos

The District will be showcasing a series of monthly “Centennial Moment” videos to commemorate its 100th anniversary. Beginning in January 2015, a new video will be released each month and presented at the monthly Board of Supervisors’ meeting and posted on the District’s YouTube channel.  Click here to watch.

 

2014 Agency Highlights & Accomplishments

Executive Director reports significant progress at Annual Landowners’ meeting

Reflecting on a year of activities, accomplishments and progress, Lake Worth Drainage District Executive Director Robert M. Brown presented a “State of the District” address during the recent Annual Landowners’ Meeting on January 7, 2015.

The year began with an unprecedented rainfall event on January 9, 2014. Described by the National Weather Service as South Florida’s top weather story of the year, the record-breaking event dropped more than 22 inches in the Boynton Beach/Hypoluxo area east of I-95. Some of these areas experienced approximately 15 inches of rain in just three hours. This extreme volume of rain during a very short duration exceeded stormwater system designs for several older communities that were constructed prior to current regulations.

To further enhance the District’s water control operations, the agency is investing significant resources on future infrastructure improvements. Last year, planning began on the development and implementation of a telemetry system that will automate the operation of 10 water control structures. This enhanced technology will transmit real-time data on canal water elevations and allow water managers remote access to make immediate water supply and flood control decisions. Additionally, the District initiated development of a Capital Improvement Plan to facilitate the maintenance and refurbishment of the public water control infrastructure.

Throughout 2014, the agency’s streamlined Operations & Maintenance staff successfully completed numerous infrastructure projects, including stabilization of deteriorating canal banks, removal of trees impeding access to canal rights-of-way, and refurbishment of several aging water control structures. In addition to the systematic mowing of the District’s 500 miles of canal banks, field staff also began the installation of improved vegetation barriers in canals and increased mechanical removal of aquatic vegetation to reduce dependency on chemical treatment.

The District successfully managed its $13 million annual budget and continues its commitment to seek efficiencies while enhancing the level of service for our constituents. Considerable savings were realized in maintenance costs through equipment leasing programs and the replacement of inefficient vehicles and equipment.

To further increase communication and engage the public, the District launched a redesigned website which offers easier navigation and access to timely information, and established a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, the District made considerable progress in 2014 to improve our flood control infrastructure and implement new technology to realize future efficiencies,” said Brown. “I am proud of the agency’s accomplishments and look forward to a very productive 2015.”

Click here to view the entire State of the District presentation.

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Board Supervisors Elected and Affirmed

January 14, 2015 marked the 100th installation of Supervisors

On January 7, 2015, the Annual Landowners’ meeting concluded with the election of two incumbent board members, John I. Whitworh, III and Jeffrey P. Phipps, Sr.  Subsequently, both officers took the oath of office at the regularly scheduled monthly board meeting on January 14, 2015.

A ceremonial installation to mark the 100th Board of Supervisors is planned for later in the year and will include additional members of the board: Harry Raucher, President, Joyce D. Haley, Senior Vice President and James M. Alderman, Supervisor. For more information on individual board members click here.