LWDD joined thousands participating in the Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk in West Palm Beach. The LWDD team raised almost $1,700 towards the fight to cure breast cancer. We met each other’s family and friends, enjoyed each other’s company, and cheered, honored, and hoped for those affected by this disease.
It may surprise some residents within the Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) boundary to learn that the waterbody often referred to as a community lake is, in fact, a stormwater management pond. These two water bodies are very different from each other. Lakes are naturally formed waterbodies whereas stormwater ponds are man-made and have a distinct and important role in managing surface water quality and quantity.
A stormwater management pond is an engineered structure built to gather surface water runoff (rainfall). The pond temporarily stores water and then releases it at a controlled rate. Through a combination of landscape and structural features, stormwater management ponds allow sediment and contaminants to settle out of runoff water before it is released into drainage canals. Stormwater ponds also hold excess water during large storms thus protecting neighborhoods from flooding. Additionally, stormwater ponds are constructed to be an attractive feature for the community.
A stormwater pond should mimic a natural lake, but this requires active maintenance by the community. Being a good steward of your pond means learning how to keep the pond healthy, functional, and attractive. Some general housekeeping rules for stormwater pond maintenance are:
• Keep yard debris and pet waste out of ponds, drainage canals, swales, and storm drains.
• Pesticides and fertilizers need to be used and disposed of properly. They should never be broadcast over streets or sidewalks and only applied at the label rate.
• Properly dispose of all household hazardous materials such as paint, antifreeze, or motor oil. For collection sites visit Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.
• Never hose chemicals off impermeable surfaces.
• Reduce erosion by planting Florida native plants and grasses in overexposed areas. Find out more at Palm Beach County Florida Native Plant Society.
Many commercial pond management companies can evaluate your community’s stormwater pond and offer suggestions for improvements. For more information about community flood control and stormwater pollution, visit us at www.lwdd.net.
Q: What is the difference between the Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)? Click here to find the answer.
A: Both the LWDD and the SFWMD provide flood control but differ in size and responsibilities. SFWMD is one of our state’s five regional water management districts and oversees the water resources in the southern half of Florida, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys. LWDD is a local, independent special taxing district encompassing approximately 200 square miles in southeastern Palm Beach County.
Executive Director Tommy Strowd, P.E. presented the Annual Report at the Landowners meeting. Director Strowd highlighted the district’s achievements in 2023 and discussed the goals for 2024. Presentation can be found at www.lwdd.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024ReportToLandowners_Strowd_20230110.pdf
Contact the LWDD
Lake Worth Drainage District
13081 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Phone: (561) 498-5363
Fax: (561) 495-9694
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday thru Friday except Holidays.