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Groundwater and Natural Resources Protection Board


The Groundwater and Natural Resources Protection Board (GNRPB) holds hearings as necessary, typically bimonthly, to enforce environmental regulations found in Palm Beach County's Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) and various County Ordinances. The GNRPB is comprised of 7 members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Membership consists of a professional engineer registered in the State of Florida, an attorney licensed to practice in Florida, a hydrologist, a biologist or a chemist, a concerned citizen and a member of an environmental organization. (Authority ULDC, Article 17, Decision Making Bodies Chapter C Section 6)

The GNRPB has the powers and duties to adopt rules of procedure; issue subpoenas; take testimony under oath; issue orders having the force of law commanding whatever steps necessary to achieve compliance with violations; lien property; and, access administrative fines and penalties. (Authority ULDC, Article 10, Enforcement)

The GNRPB supports the following ULDC Articles and County Ordinances:

The GNRPB is required to adhere to the Absenteeism Policy as defined in Resolution R2002-1606 for Boards and Committees. A board member shall be automatically removed for lack of attendance, which is defined as failure to attend 3 consecutive meetings or at least 2/3 of the meetings scheduled during a calendar year. Participation for less than 3/4 of a meeting constitutes an absence.


Current Highlights

  • Read the latest edition of the Lake Worth Lagoon E-News [LINK]
  • Read the Fall 2015 edition of Environmental Times [PDF]
  • Become a Natural Area Youth Explorer by completing a Scavenger Hunt at a local natural area! [PDF]
  • Watch this touching footage on the Andrew "Red" Harris Artificial Reef deployed last week 1 mile offshore from the Jupiter Inlet [VIDEO]
  • Operation Clean Sweep is a mobile pesticide collection program offering free pick up of the first 500 lbs for farms, nurseries, pest control companies, and golf courses. Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website for more information. [LINK]
  • Stay up to date on our projects with the Department's Monthly Status Reports. [LINK]