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Snook Islands Natural Area

 
Snook Island
Snook Island
Construction
Completed Project

Project Location
In the Lagoon adjacent to the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course and north of the Lake Worth Bridge.

The Problem
In the 1920s, dredging and filling along the edge of the Lagoon left deep holes. Over time, they accumulate sediments, become devoid of oxygen, and provide little habitat value.

Project Overview

  • Restoration of 100 acres of wetland habitat in the Lake Worth Lagoon was completed in 2005. Restoration activities include the following:
    • Filled deep holes with 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from Peanut Island that had been previously dredged to maintain the Intracoastal Waterway and inlets.
    • Graded the fill to wetland elevations which created four islands and submerged land suitable for seagrass.
    • Eliminated erosion and created a natural shoreline along 1.2 linear miles of the Lagoon.
    • Removed exotic plant species like Australian pine, Brazilian pepper and seaside mahoe, from five acres of shoreline and restored 1.7 acres of existing mangrove fringe.
    • Planted 11 acres of mangroves and 3.8 acres of spartina (commonly known as cordgrass) along the shoreline and on the islands.
    • Stabilized mangrove planting areas with 28,000 tons of limestone boulders.
    • Created 2.2 acres of oyster reefs.
    • Restored 40 acres of shallow sub-tidal habitats to promote seagrass colonization.
    • Partners involved in the restoration include Palm Beach County, City of Lake Worth,Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Inland Navigation District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Public use ammenities were added in 2012 and include the following:
    • A 545-foot long accessible boardwalk and covered observation platform
    • A 590-foot long accessible fishing pier
    • A kayak/canoe launch
    • Two bicycle racks
    • Two educational kiosks
    • Three benches
    • Four "key style" posts to secure kayaks/canoes
    • Three small day-use docks to accommodate six boats including a water taxi
    • Partners involved in adding the public use ammenities include Palm Beach County, City of Lake Worth, Florida Inland Navigation District, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Benefits

  • Increases seagrass beds in the Lagoon, providing a food source and nursery habitat for many species.
  • Improves habitat for birds using the open areas of shoreline and mud flats.
  • Improves habitat for fish. Anglers report catching numerous large snook and other desirable fish species around the islands.
  • Provides public access, recreational, and educational opportunities.
  • Provides economic stimulus to Lake Worth businesses by providing boater access to downtown Lake Worth.

For More Information

National Association of Counties Award

 

Current Highlights

 
  • Join us for the North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area Opening Event, September 10, 2014 [PDF]
  • Sign up for Outdoor Workshop for Student Photographers on August 29th at Cypress Creek Natural Area, Jupiter [PDF]
  • Read the Summer Edition of Environmental Times [PDF]
  • Check out our new Palm Beach County Natural Areas Guide and plan your next visit [PDF]
  • Learn about natural beaches and wrack lines in this video from Audubon Florida [VIDEO]
  • Hot off the press and just in time for the New Year, the 2014 ERM Calendar [PDF]
  • Stay up to date on our projects with the Department's Monthly Status Reports. [LINK]