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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 and Upcoming Events

 
  • 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]
  • Running Wild - Cypress Creek Natural Area, Sat. February 6th
    Series of guided 3 to 10 mile trail runs through pine, cypress and coastal scrub habitats on some of the most scenic trails in Palm Beach County. [SCHEDULE]
  • Dark Sky Festival - Okeeheelee Nature Center, Sat. February 27th
    This free, fun-filled family event has many exciting and educational opportunities to experience and learn about the night sky. [LINK]
  • Site Closure - Sweetbay Natural Area, Palm Beach Gardens
    The natural area will not be accessible from Aviation Rd from Feb. 23, 2016 through Feb. 27, 2016 while work is done on the railroad crossing adjacent to the Beeline Highway.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits Events
    Series of guided adventures (including hiking, cycling, paddling, photography, and more) designed to introduce participants to the hidden eco-treasures in Palm Beach County's natural areas. [SCHEDULE]
  • 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]