Natural Resources Preservation Advisory Board

The Natural Resources Preservation Advisory Board has been established to provide constructive advice, counsel to Town Departments and Boards, and to the Town Commission, with a broad outlook toward environmental and natural resources preservation, protection, and conservation. The board acts in an advisory capacity. The actions, decisions, and recommendations of the Natural Resources Preservation Advisory Board shall not be final or binding on the Town Commission but shall be advisory only.

Meetings:

One (1) regular meeting of the Board shall be held each quarter, and special meetings may be called by the chairperson or by any three (3) members of the board.

Qualification for Membership:

Members of this board shall be appointed from the residents of the town who shall be knowledgeable concerning environmental issues and problems and concerned with the need to effect reasonable solutions thereto. Membership of the board may be composed of both laymen and professional representatives from such related fields of study as are pertinent to the scope of environmental problems, including the fields of law, biology, chemistry, and engineering.

Members and Term Expiration:

Steven Parks, Chairperson - April 2022

Nievecita Maraj, Vice Chairperson - April 2024

Diane Matthewman - April 2024

Virginia Eastwood-Egan - April 2024

Margarita Chappelear - April 2024

Leonard Brenner - April 2024

Nicole Stansfield - April 2024

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The purpose of the natural resources preservation advisory board shall be to provide constructive advice and counsel to town departments and boards, and to the town commission, with a broad outlook toward environmental and natural resources preservation, protection, and conservation.

Please be mindful of the importance of recycling and making life style changes that positively affect the environment.

Recycling at Home

Recycling is available to all Palm Beach County residents. With your help we have made Palm Beach County's recycling program one of the best in the country. If you currently recycle, we thank you. If you don't, we urge you to start.

Recycling preserves our natural resources and increases the life of our landfill. The Solid Waste Authority has adopted the state's 75% waste reduction goal and if we are going to continue to achieve this goal we need everyone to do their part.

Recycling is easy in Palm Beach County.

You can get more information by visiting Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County.

Plastic Bags - Not Recyclable in Blue or Yellow Bins

Plastic bags and plastic film can be dropped off at any SWA Home Chemical and Recycling Center.

However, plastic bags never go in your blue or yellow recycling bins. In fact, bags that make in the bins can damage the SWA's recycling equipment and waste your taxpayer dollars. In 2014, it is estimated that 14,000,000 (yes, 14 MILLION) plastic bags went through our recycling facility. Please keep all bags (garbage bags, sandwich bags, shopping bags) out of the recycling bins.

The most effective method of thwarting plastic bag waste is to avoid using them at all.

Additionally, Publix encourages customers to make the right choice and use reusable bags, but for those customers who choose plastic or paper, they provide recycling bins, so they’re properly recycled.

You may visit the Publix website for more information.

“8 Things You Can Do at Home to Protect Your Water”

There are plenty of ways to keep our waters clean, all of which start with being mindful of the possible effects our activities might have our environment.

Knowing where your water comes from makes it easier to appreciate the quality of your local waterways and can motivate you and our community to keep these water sources as clean as possible.

By incorporating any or all the following actions into your life, you can rest easy knowing that you’re helping to ensure that clean drinking water is readily available for everyone for years to come!

  1. Wash your car at a car wash: Even though it might cost more than washing your car at home, taking your car to a car wash saves water and prevents toxic chemicals from being flushed down your storm drains that eventually empty into our lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans Professional car washes are legally required to drain into sewer systems so that the water can be treated before being re-used.
  2. Pick up after your pet: Animal waste is full of nitrogen which can remove oxygen from the water leaving it completely unusable for aquatic life.
  3. Don’t hose down your driveway, use a broom.
  4. Don’t use fertilizer made with phosphorus: After heavy rainfall or watering, these chemicals can leak into nearby groundwater sources. Try using organic materials or waiting for drier weather if you absolutely need to use lawn care products.
  5. Do not flush expired or unwanted medication down the toilet: These products have toxic chemicals that should not be flushed down the drain.
  6. Take used oil or antifreeze to a service station or recycling center.
  7. Avoid using antibacterial soaps or cleaning products in your drain as they are also toxic to marine life.
  8. Use a rain barrel to collect rainwater: Installing a rain barrel will not only save you money but can also be used for watering your lawn or washing your car.

For more information you may visit https://nationalwaterqualitymonth.org/.

Bucket Trees

In an effort to facilitate beach cleaning efforts, the Town Commission, upon recommendation by the Natural Resources Preservation Advisory Board, approved four  beach bucket trees to be placed near existing beach trash receptacles (subject to HOA approval). Each beach bucket tree holds several plastic buckets for placing beach refuse. Each bucket includes a decal of the Town Commission-approved “Take Pride in Your Beach” logo along with a pictogram decal which provides instructions for beach cleaning.  Both decals are made of weather resistant materials.

                               

                                                                        Bucket Tree