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About ERM

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is to establish, maintain, and implement programs for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the land and water resources of Palm Beach County.


ERM’S HISTORY

On October 1, 1987, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners created the Department of Environmental Resources Management with a director and 38 staff positions: 15 were designated to implement the new Wellfield Protection Ordinance and other environmental programs; the remaining positions were transferred to ERM from two existing County programs - Mosquito Control and Beaches. Over the next year, the Department's mission statement and basic organization were approved; the Wetlands Protection and Surface Water Quality Monitoring Programs were transferred from the Palm Beach County Public Health Unit; and the Pollutant Storage Tank Clean-up and Compliance Programs were created. In October 1989, the County Commission approved 20 new positions, including the first position for natural areas acquisition and management.

Today, ERM administers nineteen environmental programs and employs over 140 people organized in five divisions. From Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean, ERM programs cover the County. If you have dived on an artificial reef, walked a beach, or explored a natural area, then you have enjoyed the fruits of ERM's labor.


 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Hungryland Slough Natural Area, including the parking lot, is closed due to prescribed burn activity.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area
    The draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to , or can be provided at the April 29, 2016 NAMAC Meeting. Click here for more information on the meeting time and place.[DRAFT PLAN]
  • Instagram Photo Contest: Hug a Tree for Earth Day
    Show off your love for trees and Mother Earth by snapping a picture of a tree-hugger in action during April to celebrate the value Palm Beach County's trees provide to us and the environment. See link for rules and entry information. [PDF]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • 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]
  • Snail Walk and Talk Sat. April 30th - Winding Waters Natural Area, West Palm Beach
    Join the Snail Lady of Palm Beach County for this hour-long kid-friendly walk and talk to learn the secrets these creepy crawly animals keep hidden under their shells. Registration required. [EVENT FLYER]
  • 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]