Giving back to the community is important to LWDD. This year staff collected gifts for the non-profit Spirit of Giving Network’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive. The Spirit of Giving Network, in partnership with the Junior League of Boca Raton, works with organizations to help make holiday wishes come true for children in Palm Beach County. For more information about the Spirit of Giving organization, visit their website at www.spiritofgivingnetwork.com.
At the request of Mayor Scott Singer on behalf of the City of Boca Raton, the Lake Worth Drainage District Board of Supervisors agreed at its July 11th Board Meeting to postpone vegetation removal along the L-48, L-49 and L-50 Canal rights-of-way within the City of Boca Raton. This postponement will allow the District and City the opportunity to work together and consider options for necessary canal rehabilitation on these canals prior to final action by the District’s Board of Supervisors on October 17, 2018. The District will be moving forward with the following necessary canal work.
- Removal of stacked vegetation that was previously cut from right-of-way
- Stump grinding vegetation previously cut along the south bank
- Dredging silt from a portion of the channel adjacent to I-95
- Excavation of shoaling east of Southwest 9th Avenue as may be necessary
- Placement of erosion control mats (jute fiber) along the top of canal banks west of 12th Avenue
- Stump grinding of rubber tree previously removed west of Southwest 9th Avenue
- Inspection of outfall pipe located west of Southwest 8th Avenue, and remedial work of such as may be necessary
- Removal of shoaling between 9th and 12th Avenues
Residents are reminded to take proactive measures for hurricane preparedness and sustainable tree maintenance by pruning trees away from drainage canals and refraining from planting trees or vegetation on drainage or utility easements and public rights-of-way.
Additional information and video on the District’s Canal Rehabilitation Program can be found on our website at http://www.lwdd.net/canal-maintenance/canal-rehabilitation. The City of Boca Raton’s website provides civic alerts at https://www.myboca.us/.
GIS data and various maps are available to the public on our online GIS Mapping Portal located on the top menu bar under the tab Resources. On the portal you will find maps and information on LWDD’s boundaries, canals, water control structures, permits and maintenance activities. If you cannot find what you are looking for, contact us at 561-498-5363 or email email@example.com.
Managing canal water elevations is a balancing act
The District’s water management system helps to protect regional water supplies for more than 700,000 residents and an estimated 10,000 acres of agricultural land. During normal operations, canal water levels are maintained to hold water higher than sea level to prevent saltwater from encroaching and polluting existing freshwater wells for numerous municipal water utilities. Water managers are continually monitoring weather systems and canal levels to proactively respond to heavy rainfall events. In anticipation of a heavy rainfall event, the District water control structures are opened to maintain appropriate water levels in the system. As gates are opened, water is discharged to the ocean and cannot be recovered for water supply. These freshwater discharges may also adversely impact environmentally sensitive areas such as the Lake Worth Lagoon.
Each weather event has its own characteristics and must be managed as it develops. Radar and other weather reporting technology, along with constant communication with emergency management entities, are utilized to assist District staff responding to weather events. Currently, significant investments are being made to enhance flood control and public safety operations with the installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. SCADA will essentially automate the operation of 10 major water control structures within the District’s service boundary. The system will allow for the remote operation of flood control gates and pumps to react immediately to changes in water levels. As water levels rise, the flood control gates will automatically open for flood protection. Similarly, as water levels return to normal the gates will close. This is a multi-year project that includes electrical upgrades, tower installations, mechanical enhancements and software applications. Residents can monitor the progress of the project on our website at www.lwdd.net/managing-water/scada-project.
SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
Future water conservation enhancements are planned for the District. The installation of SCADA is scheduled to be completed by 2018. The SCADA system will essentially automate the operation of water control gates and pumps throughout the 200 square miles of the District’s service boundary. To learn more about about this exciting technology and follow the progress of this large scale installation project each month, click here.