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Manatee Protection Plan

 

The objective of the Palm Beach County Manatee Protection Plan (MPP) is to improve overall protection for manatees while ensuring adequate public access to County waterways. Its primary goal is to establish guidelines and policies that direct new (or expanded) boating facilities to areas posing the least risk to manatees and away from areas of relatively high risk. Other goals include protecting manatee habitat, promoting boating safety, and increasing public awareness of the need to protect manatees and their habitat. The Palm Beach County MPP relies heavily on education and enforcement as a means of protecting manatees within the County and mitigating for the effects of new boat slips. The plan covers all estuarine waters and the portion of Lake Okeechobee within Palm Beach County.

The plan was approved by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on August 21, 2007. Municipalities are encouraged to adopt the plan as part of their Comprehensive Land Use Plans.

Technical Resources

 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Summer 2016 for highlights on ERM's latest projects, program updates, and upcoming events. [LINK]
  • Ana Cecilia, the county's newest artificial reef
    Check out some footage from above and below the water as the Ana Cecilia made her final journey to become a marine sanctuary and a lasting tribute to local community members missing and lost at sea.[LINK]
  • Algal Bloom Information and Reporting
    Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's information and reporting web page regarding algal blooms in local waterways. In addition, algal blooms can be reported by telephone (855) 305-3903.[LINK]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon E-News
    Read the latest edition May 2016 for highlights on the Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, restoration projects, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito populations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to receive their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]