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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

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Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Closed
    The site is expected to be closed through July 8th for habitat restoration and prescribed burn preparation activities
  • Seacrest Scrub Natural Area Closed
    The site is expected to be closed from July 11th - July 22nd for habitat restoration and prescribed burn preparation activities
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [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 popluations 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 recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]