The Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project (LRWRP, formerly known as North Palm Beach County - Part 1) is a part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Planning efforts for the project were put on hold in 2011, but have now been restarted. Currently, the project is being re-scoped. Existing plan formulation data and analysis will be used in the development of a final plan, known as a Project Implementation Report and Environmental Impact Statement, to prepare for congressional authorization.
The renewed purpose of the LRWRP is to restore and sustain the overall quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of fresh waters to the federally designated “National Wild and Scenic” Northwest Fork of the Loxahatchee River for current and future generations. This project also seeks to restore, sustain, and reconnect the area’s wetlands and watersheds that form the historic headwaters for the river. Implementation of the project will provide multiple benefits:
- Help restore more natural water deliveries.
- Promote improved health and functionality of wetland and upland areas.
- Increase the quantity and quality of habitat available for native wildlife and vegetation.
The project area includes approximately 753 square miles located in central and northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County. Within that area are Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Pal Mar East/Cypress Creek, Dupuis Wildlife and Environmental Management Areas, J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area, Grassy Waters Preserve, Loxahatchee Slough, the last remaining riverine cypress stands in Southeast Florida in the Loxahatchee River, and the Loxahatchee River Estuary.