Shoreline Restoration and Habitat Creation in Palm Beach County
We have been watching this project over the last couple of years, so we thought it was time for an update and a reminder of what can be accomplished by a dedicated consortium of public and private groups and agencies to benefit the community and Mother Nature.
Here's the view of this project last month from the Lake Avenue Bridge in Lake Worth:
|Photo from Palm Beach County.|
The majority of the mangroves used for this project are red mangroves with their stilt-like root systems that do such a good job of breaking up the wakes and other waves and also creating all those nooks and crannies that are so important for wildlife.
These islands and and other land extensions planted with natives will also help absorb storm surges and high winds.
Some lessons for the rest of us...
Big environmental projects can be accomplished when local government officials and agencies, private enterprise, and non-profit groups all work together for to benefit the whole community. This project and others (which we'll cover in a future post) make this community more attractive to prospective residents and also to businesses that will cater to the higher population and that might be looking for an attractive area for new offices or manufacturing.
Patience is required for large projects because they might take several years to complete.
So now that the election madness is over, have you contacted your new state and local representatives to express your opinions? Maybe you can use this project as an example of what could be accomplished in other parts of the state. I have and will continue to do so.
Resources and previous articles on this project:
Florida's Marvelous Mangroves
Shoreline Habitat in the Intracoastal Waterway
National Estuaries Day: Sept. 24, 2011
We All Live in a Watershed!
Posted by Ginny Stibolt
Photos by Ginny Stibolt unless otherwise stated.