Palm Beach County Chapter

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Palm Beach County Chapter

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In February 2006, chapter chair Tom Warnke's testimony at a meeting of Lake Worth commissioners was instrumental in convincing the commissioners to reject a beach fill plan from neighboring Palm Beach that would have deposited poor quality sand on the beaches, harmed beach ecology and increased the turbidity of the ocean water. On March 3, 2009, this case became a victory for the Palm Beach chapter when Administrative Law Judge Robert E. Meale denied the Town of Palm Beach a Joint Coastal Permit for the Reach 8 beach fill because of the project's potential to harm environmental and recreational resources.

The subject of wastewater injection wells was covered in an interview with Surfrider activist Tom Warnke on Surfermag.com.

Recently, attention has been drawn to possible effects of the 12 MGD Delray Beach sewage outfall on an offshore reef. Harbor Branch Oceanographic has evidence that the algae taking over the reef is feeding on human sewage nitrogen, and only downstream from the outfall pipe (see the chapter's website for photos and evidence of that damage). More recently, the Palm Beach chapter and campaign partners scored a major victory when the utility board members voted to make the outfall pipe carrying the waste of Delray and Boynton Beach residents go out of regular use. Even more recently, the outfall was shut off!

In March 2011 the chapter scored a major victory in stopping a plan to build 11 breakwater segments off Singer Island. Then a plan emerged (which the chapter is fighting) to build a series of groins. Thankfully, this plan was also rejected.



You can contact the Palm Beach County Chapter via email at info@surfriderpbc.org

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