May 2016
Celebrating 100 Years of Water Management
Since 1915
Emergency Response in Your Neighborhood   
Limited access can increase emergency response time 
Limited right-of-way access
Many people in Palm Beach County live along a District canal. In order to enhance their landscapes or properties, residents often plant vegetation or place other enhancements such as swing-sets, fences and storage sheds on the canal rights-of-way. However, these enhancements can severely hinder the District's ability to keep you and your family safe during severe storm events. 
Vegetation and other encroachments can harm the structural integrity of the canal bank, obscure sightlines for visual inspections and impede emergency operations. I f the District's heavy equipment is unable to access the right-of-way in a timely manner to clear a blockage or repair a washout, then the health, safety and welfare of our residents may be threatened. Canal access is a critical component of overall public safety.  For more information on the importance of keeping the canal rights-of-way clear, visit the District's website at .
Get to Know the Board of Supervisors
An introduction to Supervisor Stephen Bedner
Stephen Bedner
Stephen Bedner was elected to the Board of Supervisors in October 2015.  He represents Sub-District 2, which is generally located south of the District's L-28 canal and north of the Hillsboro canal, between the Florida Turnpike and State Road 7.

Supervisor Bedner is a South Florida native and a 4th generation farmer. In 2010, his agricultural business diversified and he opened Bedner's Fresh Market, the first farmer-owned and operated green market in Palm Beach County. He is supportive of the District's efforts to implement innovative technologies in order to realize efficiencies in operations and services. He is anticipating the automation of 10 water control structures which will enhance staff's ability to make immediate water supply and flood control decisions.

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. To learn about other Board members read previous issues of our newsletter at
Seven Fast Facts on Flood Control 
Increase your knowledge about flood control
The simple truth is flood control does not equal flood proof living. These seven facts will help you become an informed partner with the District in providing quality flood control.

Fast Fact 1: The community or neighborhood drainage system is always operating. Stormwater continually discharges from community systems until the designed water elevation is achieved.
Fast Fact 2:  The community may not open its discharge control structure without authorization from the District. Doing so may put the community in jeopardy as canal water may back-flow into lake systems causing water levels to rise further.
Fast Fact 3: Authorization to open a discharge control structure is only issued under emergency conditions and when District canals are able to accept the additional increase of stormwater.
Fast Fact 4: Severe flooding most often occurs in older communities without modern stormwater systems, neighborhoods with poor maintenance practices and when rainfall exceeds the drainage system design.
Fast Fact 5: Community and neighborhood drainage systems discharge into District canals which discharge excess stormwater into the South Florida Water Management District system. Each entity must capture and hold stormwater as well as coordinate discharges at appropriate times and rates.
Fast Fact 6: Rainfall volumes within the boundaries of District:
  • 5 to 6 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period; expect standing water in yards, swales and ditches but the crowns of community road should remain dry and passable.
  • 7 to 9 inches of rainfall in a 72-hour period; expect community swales, roads, lawns and driveways to flood as designed but finished floors of homes should remain dry.
  • 15 to 23 inches or more of rainfall in a 72-hour period, expect that some houses and businesses may experience finished floor flooding.
Fast Fact 7: Residents can help prevent flooding by ensuring road swales or inlets are not blocked with debris, plastic bags, vegetation, etc. Avoid throwing debris into lakes or canals which can block the flow of water. Never place anything within the District's rights-of-way restricting emergency response and regular canal maintenance operations. 

For more information, contact the District at
LWDD's Historical Role in Palm Beach County
Historical Society shares District's history with 4th graders 
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve and share the history of Palm Beach County. Through their historical archives and multiple educational programs in schools and communities, the Historical Society is bringing an understanding and appreciation of local history to children throughout the county.
The Historical Society, School District of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach Post partnered to develop a fourth grade Florida history program and tabloid entitled "The History of Florida." The District was pleased to contribute historical information on the establishment of the District and the significant contributions that drainage, water management and agriculture made to the development of Palm Beach County. To obtain a copy of the tabloid, visit the Society's website at
Water Manager's Lingo
Control Structure: A structure designed to regulate the level/flow of water in a canal or water body. Gates, spillways, weirs and dams are water control structures.
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