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Many people in Palm Beach County live along a LWDD canal. In order to enhance their landscapes or properties, they may plant vegetation or place other encroachments such as swing-sets, fences and sheds on the LWDD rights-of-way. Encroachments can cause canal blockages, obscure sightlines for visual inspections, slow the progression of drainage and impede access for maintenance and emergency response. Canal access is a critical component to overall public safety and flood control.
Residents will be notified of unauthorized encroachments and provided time to remove or relocate them. Remaining encroachments will be disposed of by the LWDD. In most instances, the LWDD will not trim trees or stump-grind trunks, but will cut trees and large vegetation to ground level.
Some encroachments such as fences or boat docks may be permissible depending on the location and size of the canal. These encroachments must be permitted or licensed by the LWDD in strict adherence to the LWDD Right-of-Way Operating Policies Manual.