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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

 
  • 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]
  • Dark Sky Festival - Okeeheelee Nature Center, Sat. February 27th
    This free, fun-filled family event has many exciting and educational opportunities to experience and learn about the night sky. [LINK]
  • Site Closure - Sweetbay Natural Area, Palm Beach Gardens
    The natural area will not be accessible from Aviation Rd from Feb. 23, 2016 through Feb. 27, 2016 while work is done on the railroad crossing adjacent to the Beeline Highway.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits Events
    Series of guided adventures (including hiking, cycling, paddling, photography, and more) designed to introduce participants to the hidden eco-treasures in Palm Beach County's natural areas. [SCHEDULE]
  • 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]