Thursday, April 20, 2017

Question: Anyone planning to represent cities of Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, et al., at TCRPC meeting tomorrow?

Continue reading and you’ll find out why this is important; see the highlighted text below. This meeting is being held at the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council (TCRPC):
  • April 21st [tomorrow] at 9:30 a.m.
  • Wolf High Technology Center
  • Indian River State College – Chastain Campus
  • 2400 SE Salerno Road in the City of Stuart [Martin County]
Agenda item 9. Subject: Resolution Addressing the Proposed Locally Preferred Option for the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project.

From Resolution #17-03:

WHEREAS, the Loxahatchee River is a significant regional resource located in Palm Beach and Martin counties; and
WHEREAS, alterations to the landscape and drainage patterns have severely impacted water quality and natural systems within the Loxahatchee River Watershed; and
WHEREAS, stormwater runoff from urban and agricultural areas threatens the long-term
viability of the Loxahatchee River and other natural systems within the watershed; and
WHEREAS, the original Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project was to accomplish five goals: 1) restoration of the Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River (one of two nationally designated Florida Wild and Scenic Rivers); 2) restoration of the Loxahatchee Slough; 3) the reduction of damaging fresh water discharges to Lake Worth Lagoon by increasing surface water storage and conveyance; 4) restoration of the Grassy Waters Preserve and enhancement of water supplies for local governments in Palm Beach County; and 5) the provision of better flood protection for the western communities within the County; and
WHEREAS, most of the current alternatives being studied are only designed to accomplish two of the five original watershed restoration goals; and
WHEREAS, the proposed Locally Preferred Option, developed and agreed to by a partnership of six affected local governments and special water improvement districts, is designed to accomplish all five original goals in a better manner than other alternatives being studied.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
encourages the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District to support the modeling and planning efforts associated with the proposed Locally Preferred Option components of the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project.

To read this entire agenda item use this link.