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About ERM



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.


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

  • Submit your photos for the 2016 Lake Worth Lagoon Calendar Photo Contest by Thursday, October 1, 2015 [PDF]
  • Become a Natural Area Youth Explorer by completing a Scavenger Hunt at a local natural area! [PDF]
  • Watch this touching footage on the Andrew "Red" Harris Artificial Reef deployed last week 1 mile offshore from the Jupiter Inlet [VIDEO]
  • Read the Summer 2015 edition of Environmental Times [PDF]
  • Operation Clean Sweep is a mobile pesticide collection program offering free pick up of the first 500 lbs for farms, nurseries, pest control companies, and golf courses. Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website for more information. [LINK]
  • Stay up to date on our projects with the Department's Monthly Status Reports. [LINK]