Riviera Beach CRA - Water Quality

DATE: November 2021

PROGRAM & ROLE:
The purpose of the Water Quality and Enhancement Program is to assess current stormwater quality activities and challenges in and around the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) boundaries, evaluate existing and identify new potential programs and projects to improve water quality, and provide recommendations appropriate for action by CRA. This includes potential amendments to the CRA Plan to help the agency achieve its goals. The focus of the study is the water quality in that portion of the waterway referred to as the "Riviera Beach Harbor," which comprises approximately 700 acres extending roughly one mile north, a half-mile south, and west to the shoreline adjacent to the Lake Worth Inlet. The Harbor surrounds Peanut Island and includes the inland shoreline of the CRA. In addition, the study includes a focus on the "contributing waters" that discharge into this area. The health of the Lagoon is threatened, with documented losses of native habitat and environmental contamination, which has led to the sporadic closure of public swimming locations like Phil Foster Park, especially in the warmer months.

The CRA was formed in 1984 by the Riviera Beach City Council to guide the City’s redevelopment efforts and to provide funding for projects that incentivize economic growth through business attraction and retention; finance new and improved infrastructure for real estate projects; and generally, work to expand the tax base.  The CRA targets projects that:

  • Catalyze redevelopment and capital investment
  • Create jobs and economic opportunity
  • Improve the quality of life for City residents

The CRA’s location along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) emphasizes the importance of good water quality as an essential component of successful redevelopment. The agency’s CRA Plan includes many programs focused on the City’s marina and waterfront, ways to enhance the visual appearance and desirability of the CRA, and strategies to attract and retain business activity and investment.

The City operates a stormwater utility, with a number of projects designed to treat stormwater entering the CRA boundary as well as construction, education, and other projects within the agency’s boundaries. The Water Quality and Enhancement Program considers the City and its stormwater utility as partners to the CRA. Additionally, the program identifies collaborative opportunities with adjacent local governments, agencies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders that would be benefited by improved water conditions in the area.

DOCUMENTS:  Water Quality & Enhancement Program

TEAM:

  • Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
    • Thomas J. Lanahan, Executive Director
    • Kim Delaney, PH.D. Director of Strategic Development & Policy, Project Manager
    • Lauren Moss Clark, Urban Planner