October 2016
Operating Policy Guide Revised
Enhanced pub lic safety and canal access spurs policy changes  
The District is investing significant resources to enhance the drainage system that provides flood control to more than 700,000 residents within its boundary. To complement those efforts, the District is also updating its permitting policies for more effective management of the 1,000 miles of canal rights-of-way under its management. The Board of Supervisors recently approved changes to the Operating Policies Guide for the installation of boat docks, access gates and use of the canal rights-of-way. These revisions will ensure the necessary access for emergency response by the District while addressing the needs of the public.
 
In order to more accurately capture permitting review costs and account for maintenance and use of canal rights-of-way, revisions to the permitting fee schedule were also approved by the Board. The District will be reviewing additional policies for consistency with the Board's directives to protect public safety and keep canal rights-of-way clear of debris. The revised Operating Policy Guide and fee schedule are available on the District's website at www.lwdd.net. 
Zika Virus
Information to help protect District residents
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According to the Center for Disease Control , the Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Before 2007, at least 14 cases of Zika had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Zika can be transmitted through mosquito bites, from a pregnant woman to her fetus and through the exchange of blood or body fluids.

Many people infected with the Zika virus will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and
Conjunctivitis (pink eye). Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital and they very rarely die of Zika infection. Once a person has been infected with the Zika virus, they are likely to be protected from future infections.
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Canal Maintenance Program, Part 1
Providing safe waterways through aquatic plant control
With more than 500 miles of canals and 20 major water control structures, the District is continually conducting maintenance of its canal system. Effective flood control is dependent on well-maintained canals and rights-of-way. District personnel are in the field daily to maintain canals and ensure the system is operating efficiently. Regular maintenance activities include four main areas:
The management of aquatic vegetation requires the District to regularly treat and remove aquatic vegetation in order to facilitate effective drainage and flood control. To accomplish this task, the District utilizes both herbicide treatments and mechanical methods to remove unwanted vegetation.

When applying herbicides, the District strictly adheres to the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for its aquatic vegetation management program. The District's employees responsible for the treatment of aquatic vegetation are trained and certified annually on the proper application methods and handling of any herbicides used.

The District is increasing its efforts to mechanically remove aquatic vegetation and reduce the need to utilize herbicides in our maintenance practices. Mechanical removal includes the use of containment booms which are floating ribbon-like structures that span the canal and extend approximately one foot both above and below the water's surface. The booms serve as a physical barrier, collecting the debris while allowing water to continue to flow unimpeded. District crews can then remove the captured debris mechanically with the use of a grapple truck. Once the material is dry enough to be hauled away, it is transported to the District horticultural waste disposal site and later recycled for fill material.

(This is the first of a four part series on canal maintenance. Next month will feature canal bank mowing.)
Public Auction
Equipment and other quality items are for sale to the public
The District auctions used equipment, vehicles and other office items that are no longer needed. Visit the GovDeals auction site to view surplus items for sale. To access the site:
  1. Go to www.govdeals.com
  2. Click on Advanced Search
  3. In the Seller Name field, click the drop down arrow to see a list of participating government agencies
  4. Scroll to Lake Worth Drainage District and click Search
  5. If Lake Worth Drainage District is not listed, no items are currently offered for sale   
Water Manager's Lingo
Drawdown: The vertical distance a water level is lowered resulting from a withdrawal at a given point.
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