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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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The River Center's Jr, Angler Tournament
Latest photos added: The River Center's Jr, Angler Tournament.
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River Center Jr. Angler Tournament 2016
Join us for our 3rd annual Jr. Angler Fishing Tournament hosted by the River Center. The Tournament begins June 3rd and ends July 16th. Anglers must photograph the fish they catch and then submit their catch logs and photos. The contest awards points not only for the number of fish caught, but also for the number of different species represented in the submissions. The more fish you catch and the more species you catch, the better your chances are to win fantastic prizes! This Tournament is open to anyone between the ages 5 and 17 but registration is required before submitted photographs can be awarded points. Register online now or pick up a registration packet at the River Center. A registration fee of $25 per angler includes a t-shirt and an invitation to the "Tournament Fish Fry" where the winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Saturday, July 23rd at noon.
Night on the Loxahatchee-Shipwrecked in Paradise
Night on the Loxahatchee, the annual benefit for the River Center, will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM. This year's theme is "Shipwrecked in Paradise." The proceeds raised from this event will help fund the outstanding environmental education programming the River Center offers to all ages throughout the year.Traditional hallmarks of this event include raffles, door prizes, and a silent auction with fabulous prizes from local businesses and are enhanced by the incorporation of fascinating expert speakers, engaging storytellers, and other unique entertainment. Tickets to Night on the Loxahatchee are $60 per person with $10 discount for members of Friends of the Loxahatchee River. {Limit 2 tickets at discounted rate per membership} . Tickets $70 after March 22, 2015. For information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, the River Center, or to purchase tickets by phone, please call 561-743-7123.
Events Calendar
July 27, 2016
Aquatic Adventure Summer Camp Nature Navigators (campers entering 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade)
July 25, 2016
Aquatic Adventure Summer Camp Nature Navigators (campers entering 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade)
July 26, 2016
Aquatic Adventure Summer Camp Nature Navigators (campers entering 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade)
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