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Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project

Cypress trees in the Loxahatchee River

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.

Info & Meetings

PROJECT DELIVERY TEAM (PDT) MEETING - MAY 9, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be holding a Project Delivery Team (PDT) Meeting for the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project on

Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Elsa Kimbell Environmental Education and Research Center at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, 16450 S.E. Federal Highway, in Hobe Sound.

There will be limited phone and internet connectivity at this site, so call-in and web meeting services may not be available.  It is recommended to participate in person.

If connectivity allows, provided below is teleconference and web meeting access information:

Web Meeting Link: https://usace.webex.com/meet/orlando

Audio Connection: (888) 251-2909
Audio Access Code: 7368800
Audio Security Code: 2018

Meeting Documents:

* Please note that it may take a few minutes for presentations to display.

Modeling Information

UPDATED MODELING RESULTS AVAILABLE - April 6, 2018

Updated modeling results for the evaluation phase of the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration project are now available. The modeling results are presented in a series of Performance Measure Graphics (PMGs) that show comparisons of water flows, water levels and related indicators.


EVALUATION OF BASE CONDITIONS & ALTERNATIVE PLANS AVAILABLE - March 15, 2017

The South Florida Water Management District's modeling results for the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project Performance Measures: Evaluation of Base Conditions and Alternative Plans are now available.


CALIBRATION GRAPHICS FOR LOWER EAST COAST SUB-REGIONAL MODEL-NORTH PALM AVAILABLE - December 21, 2016

The South Florida Water Management District's 2016 calibration graphics for the Lower East Coast sub-Regional Model – North Palm (LECSR-NP) are now available for review.

Project Delivery Team Meetings

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Public Scoping Meeting

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING - Jan. 12, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, hosted a public scoping meeting to discuss the development of a draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assessment Document for the Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project. The meeting provided all interested individuals, groups and agencies an opportunity to comment and ask questions.

Meeting Documents

Comments on the project were accepted through Feb. 5, 2015.

Project Documents

Points of Contact

Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

904-232-1662

Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District

561-682-6241

Ecosystem Restoration
project links

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