November & December 2017
Public Safety Projects Underway
Why clear access on the right-of-way is important to you
Before and after: L-28 Canal from SR-7 to Lyons Road
Hurricanes, tropical depressions and sudden thunder storms are some of the severe weather events the District must be prepared to deal with at any given moment. Managing over 500 miles of drainage canals and 1,000 miles of associated rights-of-way is a monumental task that requires experienced staff working daily to maintain the free flow of water in the canal channel and unencumbered access along the canal banks.

Often mistakenly perceiving the District's rights-of-way as part of their backyard, property owners often seek to enhance these properties with items like trees, fences, sheds or patio decks. These enhancements, or encroachments, can jeopardize public safety during severe weather. Trees and shrubs can fall into the canal, slowing the progression of drainage or cause blockages at major flood control structures. Additionally, structures placed on the right-of-way, like fences or sheds, can obscure sightlines for visual inspections and impede access for maintenance and emergency response by District staff.

To combat this problem, the District has undertaken a comprehensive Canal Rehabilitation Program. The rehabilitation process includes the removal of encroachments and, if needed, reconstruction of canal banks. Last year, the District doubled its efforts to remove trees and encumbrances from its canal rights-of-way to ensure effective drainage for its 750,000 customers in Palm Beach County. Through the District's Canal Rehabilitation Program, crews have completed the clearing of more than 40 miles of rights-of-way, removing exotic vegetation and structural encroachments such as fences and sheds.
For more information on the Canal Rehabilitation Program visit the District's website at

LWDD Employees Share The Spirit Of Giving
Children's holiday gift drive is a great success
District employees raised more than $2,000 in cash and gifts for the Spirit of Giving Network's Annual Holiday Gift Drive.

T he Spirit of Giving Network, in partnership with the Junior League of Boca Raton, works with 35 organizations to help make holiday wishes come true for more than 4,000 children in Palm Beach County. For more information about the Spirit of Giving organization, visit their website at

Managing Residential Water Pollution
If it falls on the ground, it can end up in the water
Water is made available to us through a process called the water cycle. The process begins with the evaporation of water from the earth's surface. The sun heats the water creating a moisture vapor that rises into the atmosphere. When the atmosphere cools, the vapor condenses to form clouds. Eventually, the clouds will release moisture in the form of rain or snow depending on your location. When the rain hits the ground, some of this surface water will infiltrate, helping to recharge the underground aquifer. Some of the surface water will run off into canals. Finally, some of the surface water will be reheated by the sun and the water cycle will continue.
In our area of south Florida, we get our drinking water from surface water supplies. Surface water will runoff roof tops, over lawns and roadways into the storm drains or inlets. As this water travels across the surface it picks up sediment, trash, fertilizers, pesticides and oils washed off streets and lawns. Surface water will eventually flow through underground pipes making its way into the canal system which recharges the surficial aquifer and some municipal wellfields.

Residents can take simple steps to reduce or eliminate residential water pollution. Do not over apply fertilizers or pesticides on lawns and use specific spot treatments rather than general broadcast application methods. Spray on windless days and not before or during rain events. Dispose of unused paint and household chemicals correctly. Never dump them into toilets, sinks, storm drains or canals. Chemicals such as chlorine are very toxic to fish and animals. When draining hot tubs or pools, direct the water away from the canal. Wash cars with a minimum of detergent and wash on gravel or lawns to avoid runoff entering storm drains and canals. Sweep your walks and driveways instead of using a garden hose which can wash litter and pollutants into storm drains and canals. Remember, if it falls on the ground, it can end up in the water. 
Board Of Supervisors 2018 Elections
Landowners' Meeting and Election for Board of Supervisors
The Lake Worth Drainage District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors whom reside or own property within the boundary of the District. The Supervisors are elected to three-year terms by the District's landowners. Their terms are staggered to provide that at least one Supervisor is elected at each Annual Landowners' meeting.
Elections for Sub-District 3 and Sub-District 5 will be held during the Annual Landowners Meetings on January 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the District's office, 13081 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach. Board positions are non-partisan and supervisors are elected by all landowners within the boundary of the District. The meeting is open to the public. Details on the District's election process can be found at   
From All Of Us At LWDD, We Wish You....
H2O Fun Fact
Heavy water is a form of water with a unique atomic structure and properties coveted for the production of nuclear power. In ordinary water, each hydrogen atom has a single proton in its nucleus. In heavy water, each hydrogen atom is heavier with a neutron as well as a proton in its nucleus. Heavy water's scientific name is deuterium oxide (D20). It is naturally present in ordinary water, but separating out significant quantities is not easy because heavy water makes up only 1 part in 4,500.
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January 1 

District Office Closed In Observance of New Year's Day

January 10 at 8:00 AM 

Board of Supervisors Monthly Workshop & Meeting

January 10 at 9:00 AM

Annual Landowners' Meeting

January 15  

District Office Closed 

Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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