Many people in Palm Beach County live along a District canal. In order to enhance their landscapes, residents
plant vegetation or place other encroachments such as swing-sets, fences and sheds on the canal rights-of-way. However, these
canal rights-of-way are publicly-owned lands for the purpose of flood control operations.
slow drainage or cause blockages if they fall in a canal. E
ncroachments, such as fences or vegetation, can obscure sightline for visual inspections and impede access for maintenance and emergency response. Use of the canal rights-of-way by landowners for personal benefit is prohibited and may jeopardize public safety during storm events.
Where unauthorized encroachments are identified, the District will notice property owners in writing providing ample time for their removal or relocation. R
emoval of these items is a
critical component for
flood control and overall public safety.