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About ERM

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is to establish, maintain, and implement programs for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the land and water resources of Palm Beach County.


ERM’S HISTORY

On October 1, 1987, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners created the Department of Environmental Resources Management with a director and 38 staff positions: 15 were designated to implement the new Wellfield Protection Ordinance and other environmental programs; the remaining positions were transferred to ERM from two existing County programs - Mosquito Control and Beaches. Over the next year, the Department's mission statement and basic organization were approved; the Wetlands Protection and Surface Water Quality Monitoring Programs were transferred from the Palm Beach County Public Health Unit; and the Pollutant Storage Tank Clean-up and Compliance Programs were created. In October 1989, the County Commission approved 20 new positions, including the first position for natural areas acquisition and management.

Today, ERM administers nineteen environmental programs and employs over 140 people organized in five divisions. From Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean, ERM programs cover the County. If you have dived on an artificial reef, walked a beach, or explored a natural area, then you have enjoyed the fruits of ERM's labor.


 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Closed
    The site will be closed beginning Wednesday, June 22nd while crews are out working. The natural area will reopen on the weekend for public use.
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
    Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
    Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • 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]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • 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]