The Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) are currently working on several canal rehabilitation projects in Boca Raton. Residents who are affected have received or will receive information directly from the districts. These projects can often cause concern for residents. City staff and elected officials are working closely with the districts to mitigate full clearings by preserving native trees where possible. Staff and officials have had several meetings to encourage compromises in clearing easements, and will continue to advocate for residents through the process.
To learn more about the reasons for canal rehabilitation and which neighborhoods will be affected, visit the Lake Worth Drainage District Website and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Website which offer informative videos, project information and contact information. Information about the July 10, 2018 Open House meeting can be found on the LWDD website.
Both LWDD and SFWMD provide flood control but differ in size and responsibilities. SFWMD is one of our state’s five regional water management districts and oversees the water resources in the southern half of Florida, covering 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys. LWDD is a local, independent special taxing district encompassing approximately 200 square miles in southeastern Palm Beach County.
Flood control in South Florida is an integrated system consisting of primary canals operated by SFWMD, secondary canals operated and maintained by the LWDD, and tertiary neighborhood drainage systems owned, operated and maintained by residential associations. LWDD and SFWMD work closely together to provide flood control for our residents. When necessary, LWDD discharges excess stormwater into the regional flood control system or primary system operated by the SFWMD.
C-15 Canal Project:
As part of its flood control mission, the South Florida Water Management District will begin a tree removal project to clear its right of way along both the north and south sides of the C-15 Canal between South Dixie Highway and Interstate 95.
The project is planned to begin in May of 2018, and will affect about 75 homes. Affected residents have been notified by the District. Questions can be directed to Laura Corry, SFWMD Regional Representative at (561) 682-6012. Visit the District's website for more details.
To share your concerns with Boca Raton City Council members who can advocate with the appropriate agencies, please complete the report a concern form on the City’s website.
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