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General Information

More than 40 public and private entities, including the Loxahatchee River District, share a vigorous desire not only to understand more about the history of the Loxahatchee River, but also to carry forth effective environmental management programs to protect it. Plans such as the Northern Palm Beach County Comprehensive Water Management Plan, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and the Loxahatchee River Preservation Initiative are working to address issues like stormwater runoff, habitat restoration and freshwater flow - and to ensure the beauty and environmental significance of this river are forever preserved.

Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan


The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan provides a framework and guide to restore, protect and preserve the water resources of central and southern Florida, including the Everglades. It covers 16 counties over an 18,000-square-mile area and centers on an update of the Central & Southern Florida (C&SF) Project. Its core mission is to fine tune the existing plumbing system to reduce undesirable environmental impacts.

http://www.evergladesplan.org »

Northern Palm Beach County
Comprehensive Water Management Plan

During the period from 1995 - 2001, the South Florida Water Management District and the City of West Palm Beach led a cooperative effort to develop this plan which is a collective vision that addresses areas of improvement in order to meet present and future water resource needs, such as establishing regional reservoirs and water retrieval facilities and developing a reclaimed water program.

Comprehensive Water Management Plan (Link) »

Loxahatchee River Minimum Flows & Levels

This project is being coordinated by the South Florida Water Management District and involves establishing freshwater flows to the Wild & Scenic portions of the Loxahatchee River. The correct amount of freshwater, during the right time and, of the right quality is essential to restoration of the Loxahatchee River. This project will establish a minimum flow of freshwater that is necessary to keep the salt water down stream and allow for the cypress habitat to flourish.

FINAL DRAFT Technical Document to Support Development of Minimum Flows and Levels for the NW Fork of the Loxahatchee River (November 2002)

Loxahatchee River Wild & Scenic River Management Plan

A portion of the Loxahatchee River was nationally designated a Wild & Scenic River in 1985. As part of the designation, a management plan and committee were formed. Co-authored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and South Florida Water Management District, this management presents a comprehensive plan for the Wild & Scenic Corridor. It documents progress to date and lays out a list of future endeavors to protect and enhance this portion of the river.

Loxahatchee River Wild & Scenic River
Management Plan

For more information, contact

Watershed Management Plan

Started in 1996, the Department of Environmental Protection established a placed-based management strategy for the Loxahatchee River Watershed. The plan included descriptions of the various sections of the watershed and different restoration and enhancement projects. This is a tool used by managers to evaluate the watershed and to help prioritize various projects within the watershed. For more information, contact Dianne Hughes of the Department of Environmental Protection, (561) 681-6703.


Loxahatchee River Preservation Initiative

This project is the outgrowth of the watershed management effort that was spearheaded by the Department of Environmental Protection in 1996. Annually, the initiative identifies several key projects that are critical in preserving the long-term health of the Loxahatchee River. Projects include urban stormwater improvements and the restoration of other tributaries and the estuarine potions of the river.

To request more information see http://www.lrpi.us »

Cypress, Pal-Mar and the Groves Basin Study

This project is being coordinated by the South Florida Water Management District and involves determining hydrologic factors needed to maintain and/or enhance the current ecological functions within the Pal-Mar, Cypress Creek and Groves. Hydrologic factors, surrounding land uses, verification of identified wetlands, soils and water quality data, and current GIS data are being evaluated.

To request more information contact


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Girl Scouts: Science Behind Your Senses!
The Science Behind Your Senses / Be A Sister to Every Girl Scout. This fun-filled event will help Brownies understand their senses and Daisies will discover the world around them alongside their Girl Scout sisters.
2015 Night on the Loxahatchee: River Rhapsody
In the waning light of day on July 10, 1860, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse flashed its guiding beacon out across the seas for the first time. The completion of the lighthouse not only signaled a new era of safe navigation, but also served as a central point for a wide variety of communication technologies that helped turn the region from a sparsely populated “end of the line” settlement into a vibrant community living off the bounty of resources along the Loxahatchee River and Atlantic coast. It is only fitting then that this period of growth during the late 19th Century will be showcased at this year’s highly anticipated Night on the Loxahatchee fundraiser to benefit the River Center.
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