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March 2013
Lake Worth Lagoon E-News
Registration Now Open for the
Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Symposium

This one-day symposium will highlight progress made over the past five years towards understanding, restoring and enhancing the Lake Worth Lagoon ecosystem and chart the course for continuing improvements.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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Thank You Symposium Sponsors!
Gold - West Palm Beach Fishing Club
Gold - Marine Industries of Palm Beach County
Silver - Florida Power and Light
Silver - Coastal Eco-Group Inc.
Bronze - CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.
Bronze - Taylor Engineering Inc.
  
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
The LWLI Symposium is made possible by Initiative partners and the generocity of sponsors. Sponsorship levels includes Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Donations are also accepted. Learn more.
South Cove Natural Area
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John A. Marshall
South Cove Natural Area Open and Ready for Visitors

Located within the Lake Worth Lagoon in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, this project added over six acres of created wetland habitat which supports fisheries, wading and shorebirds, manatees, and sea turtles. Public-use components include an elevated boardwalk, observation deck and educational kiosk. "It's a great location to bring people and nature together," said project coordinator Eric Anderson. "Visitors of all ages can enjoy the boardwalk and get a close view of the mangroves, birds and marine life." 
View the South Cove Natural Area Web Page

Waterfront Installation 
New Interpretive Installation Along the City of West Palm Beach's Waterfront
Complimenting the new South Cove Natural Area is the City of West Palm Beach's new waterfront interpretive installation. Visitors can walk among sculptures depicting environmental, historical and recreational elements of life in and along the Lake Worth Lagoon.
Phil Foster Artificial Reef and Snorkel TrailPhil Foster Artificial Reef and Snorkel Trail Showcases
Life in the Lagoon

 

Lake Worth Lagoon's newest artificial reef is located at Phil Foster Park. The location was selected due to its proximity to the Lake Worth Inlet and clear oceanic water adjacent to a guarded county beach. The artificial reef consists of discrete piles of limestone boulders and prefabricated concrete reef modules spaced to create a snorkel trail over a two-acre area. "The snorkel trail was built using large flat rocks to provide the ledge-like effects that you see offshore," said project coordinator Harvey Rudolph. "The reef is starting to recruit all kinds of fish and I expect that the variety of sea life you find here will get even better over time."
View the Project Fact Sheet

Federal Funding Awarded to
Grassy Flats Restoration Project

The Grassy Flats Restoration Project has been awarded a $777,142 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Additionally, the project will receive $110,000 in funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Conservation Program.  

  • View the Project Fact Sheet
  • Restoration planned for "dead zone" in lagoon, SunSentinel
  • VIDEO: Lagoon Restoration brings habitat, recreation , Ch. 12 News
  • LWL restoration goal: Bring back fish, wildlife, anglers, boaters, FWC 
  • Snook Islands Natural Area Phase 2Snook Islands Phase 2
    Under Construction

    Approximately 40% of the 180,000 cubic yards of fill have been transported and placed at the project site. Over 6,000 tons of limestone will be used to create mangrove island riprap and 0.5 acres of oyster reef. The project is scheduled to conclude at the end of July, 2013.

    View the Project Fact Sheet

    ManateeLaw Enforcement Officers Urge Boaters to Slow Down, Watch for Manatees 

    During the weekend of February 16 and 17, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other law enforcement agencies conducted "Operation Mermaid", a large-scale effort to remind boaters to slow down and watch for migrating manatees.
    Learn More About Manatees

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