WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - One of Palm Beach County’s most treasured resources was on display at the second annual Lagoonfest. Lake Worth lagoon spans up to 20 miles of the intercostal; it is simple, unique and quiet and on a daily basis it draws people in.
Daniel Bokor, a fifth grader came to Lagoonfest for the second year to learn about conservation efforts to preserve the lagoon.
“I think it’s important because it holds a lot of sea life,” Bokor said.
Lagoonfest is aimed at bringing awareness to the estuary admired and used by many. “It’s a vitally important nursery habitat for some of our favorite species,” Leanne Welch, environmental manager of the Dept. Environmental Resources Management of Palm Beach County said.
Over the span of 20 years Welch says the county in collaboration with partners has conducted 50 restoration projects that have helped improve the habitat and water quality in the lagoon.
“All of our canals drain into the lagoon, we’re trying to clean up the water upstream but we’re also making it easier for the lagoon to clean itself,” Welch said.
Part of those efforts includes restoring acres of seagrass habitats, mangrove shorelines and building over 20 acres of oyster reefs. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day.
Lake Worth Lagoon is also an economic driver for Palm Beach County. Officials say its worth is estimated at several billion dollars annually to the county, region and state.