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The Honorable Keith James 2020 "State of the City" Address

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Mayor Keith A. James Announces “300 in 3” Vision for Workforce/Affordable Housing Units

In line with Mayor’s vision of working to create a ‘Community of Opportunity for All,’ new initiative aims to create 300 workforce/affordable housing units in the City in three years.

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WATERGOAT CONTROL DEVICE HELPING TO REDUCE POLLUTION IN CITY WATERS
The Watergoat can collect up to hundreds of pounds of trash every rain cycle.
The City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Utilities Stormwater Drainage team has installed a new pollution control device to help collect trash in the drainage system and reduce impacts to local waterways.  A Watergoat is a nylon net formed around a floating barrier around a storm drain’s outlet. The Watergoat can collect up to hundreds of pounds of trash every rain cycle.

When items like cigarettes, plastic bottles, plastic bags and other trash are littered, they are carried by wind and rain into the storm drains and then pollute local waterways. The Watergoat will collect trash washing in from stormwater drains on surrounding streets and capture the pollution until Stormwater employees can remove the debris for proper disposal. This device will prevent trash and debris from entering other parts of the stormwater system and reduce potential impacts to the Lake Worth Lagoon and the ocean from marine debris.  

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website, "there is no place on Earth immune to this problem. A majority of the trash and debris that covers our beaches comes from storm drains and sewers, as well as from shoreline and recreational activities such as picnicking and beach going." On top of the overall benefit to the environment, reduced marine pollution also benefits both tourists and area residents who enjoy local beaches.  

For more information about the Watergoat device, please visit: http://www.watergoat.org/watergoat.html. The City of West Palm Beach Stormwater Drainage Division is responsible for capturing and conveying the drainage runoff throughout the City. For more information, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Utilities/Our-Divisions/Stormwater-Drainage-Division.