January 2017
Begin The New Year With A Drainage Check-up  
January is the perfect month to inspect community drainage infrastructure
The Operations and Maintenance staff at the District work every day to ensure the water management system operates smoothly and efficiently to provide flood control to our residents. Throughout the year, Operations and Maintenance staff oversee approximately 500 miles of canals and 1,000 miles of canal rights-of-way. In addition, the District operates 20 major water control structures which release or hold back water depending on conditions. 

Residential communities are part of this overall water management system. Communities hold stormwater on site in retention ponds/lakes and discharge excess stormwater into District canals for flood control. To be ready for whatever nature sends our way, whether it's a typical summer rainstorm, a hurricane or drought both the District and communities must have properly working drainage systems in place.

South Florida's dry season runs from approximately November through May. January is the ideal time of year for residential communities to conduct inspections of their drainage infrastructure and make any necessary repairs. Taking time during the dry season will help ensure that your community is ready for the oncoming rainy season.

To ensure a well-maintained drainage system, communities should:
  • Maintain swale areas with regular mowing
  • Clear debris from inlets
  • Inspect discharge points/outfalls into the District's canals
  • Have underground drainage pipes inspected every three to five years
  • Exercise operable discharge control structures by opening and closing them a few times
  • Visually inspect fixed discharge control structures for structural integrity and potential blockages
  • Update your community contact information at www.lwdd.net
Annual Landowners' Meeting Update
Operation and Maintenance was the focus at the January 4 Landowners Meeting  
The Annual Landowners Meeting was held on January 4th at the District's office. A report was presented by Robert M. Brown, Executive Director providing an overview of the District's annual activities and accomplishments. Ongoing projects  for 2017 include refurbishment of several major water control structures, continuation of the canal rehabilitation program and implementation of a telemetry/SCADA system
which will provide real-time water level data and allow for the remote operation of the District's control structures. 

The 2017 Board of Supervisors election took place during the meeting. Re-elected to serve three-year terms are Steven Bedner (Sub-district 2) and Harry Raucher (Sub-district 4). Biographical information on each of the five board members can be found on our website at http://www.lwdd.net/board-of-supervisors.
Public Access Is A Right
Transparency and trust between the District and our residents is important  
Florida began its tradition of open government in 1909 with the passage of Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes or the "Public Records Law." This law provides that any records made or received by any public agency in the course of its official business are available for inspection, unless specifically exempted by the Florida Legislature. Over the years, the definition of what constitutes "public records" has come to include not just traditional written documents such as papers, maps and books but also tapes, photographs, film, sound recordings and records stored in computers.
 
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Law was enacted in 1967, establishing a basic right of access to most meetings of boards, commissions and other governing bodies of state and local governmental agencies.Today, the Sunshine Law can be found in Chapter 286 of the Florida Statutes.

Every citizen has the right to:
  • Inspect and copy public records at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions and under the supervision by the custodian of the public records.
  • Request public records without having to show identification, without saying why you want the records and without making your request in writing.
  • Request an estimate for the time and costs involved in producing your public records request.
  • Ask for a written statement of the statutory basis for denying access to public records.
  • Right to attend and unobtrusively record public meetings.
A schedule of the District's public meetings and a public records request form can be found on our website at www.lwdd.net.
Canal Rehabilitation, Part 4
Canal rehabilitation is much more than regular maintenance
Example: L-28 Canal from SR-7 to Lyons Road
Canal rehabilitation is different than regular maintenance operations. Regular canal maintenance is performed on a scheduled basis and includes mowing, aquatic vegetation management and encroachment removal. Canal rehabilitation is a more intensive operation and occurs on a more infrequent basis. After rehabilitation takes place, canals are added to the regular maintenance schedule.
 
The goal of rehabilitation is to return the canal and/or right-of-way as close as possible to its original design thus providing optimal flood control. Depending on the condition of a canal, a rehabilitation project may include r emoval of encroachments, d redging of the canal channel and r eshaping or reconstruction of the canal bank.  To find out if a canal rehabilitation project is planned in your area visit www.lwdd.net/canal-maintenance/neighborhood  or email your location to info@lwdd.net.

(This is the final of a four part series on canal maintenance. For previous newsletters click here.)
H2O Fun Fact
The United States uses and estimated 355 billion gallons of fresh water every day. Conservation is an important part of protecting our water supply.
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