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      Northern Notes

      Know The Flow                                                                                        from the “secondary” systems. During and after heavy
                                                                                                           rains, excess water is routed through all available “primary”
      By Katie Roundtree,                                                                                  waterways to regional storage areas or coastal discharge
      Director of Finance and                                                                              points to relieve flooding as quickly and safely as possible.
      Administration, Northern
      Palm Beach County                                                                                    What Can You Do To Help?
      Improvement District
        Flood control in Florida                                                                           Residents And Business Owners
      is a  shared responsibility                                                                            ○ Make sure drainage gates, ditches and swales in your
      that provides maximum                                                                                neighborhood are clear of debris.
      benefit only when all                                                                                  ○ Remove loose items, including yard debris, from your
      components (primary,                                                                                 yard. Debris and litter can clog storm drains and cause
      secondary and tertiary) are                                                                          flooding.
      designed and constructed to                                                                            ○ Check your community retention pond or lake for obstructed
      work together and are maintained in proper working order.                                            pipes and contact the appropriate authority for removal (could
      Florida is more complex than many states, where one entity   upkeep of community drainage facilities are typically the   be your HOA, city, county, or local drainage district).
      is usually responsible for providing local and regional   responsibility of homeowner associations.    ○ Find out who is responsible for drainage in your
      drainage for the community. Some areas have no formal     The “secondary” drainage system is usually a network of   community. Visit
      drainage systems and are prone to routine flooding; others   canals, structures, pumping stations and storage areas. These   Homeowner Association Officials
      may be covered by several organizations or governments   systems can cover several hundred square miles and serve     Familiarize yourself with your particular drainage system
      providing varying service levels. Depending on conditions,   many communities. In communities maintained by Northern,   and how it fits into the overall south Florida drainage picture.
      water may have to be routed through several interconnected,   storm water systems are gravity-fed or pumped using storm   Specifically, learn how the system works and how to maintain
      though independent, conveyance systems – each of which   water pump stations. Water moves through a series of lakes   the facilities under your responsibility properly.
      must be properly maintained and functioning – to provide   and canals via weirs (fixed structures), operable gates and     Report the location and condition of any clogged or
      flood protection for south Florida neighborhoods.   pump stations. These systems move water through multiple   damaged facilities to the proper authority (homeowner
        So, what path does storm water typically follow from   communities at times, so the “downstream” effects must be   association, city, county or local drainage district, or the
      your  neighborhood  to  its  final  destination?  Here’s  an   considered when moving water from one area to another. The   South Florida Water Management District) in advance of
      example. Five inches of rain falls in 24 hours over an   storm water systems discharge into local canals managed   and during the summer rainy season. Please make a note of
      inland community. This rain follows a wet period, so   by either Northern or other municipalities. Northern uses a   important telephone numbers and keep them handy.
      groundwater levels are already high. According to most   telemetry system to monitor and remotely open and close     NPDES tip: Your neighborhood drainage system is not a
      approved drainage designs, some water is temporarily   gates and pumps. Weather conditions and water levels are   garbage disposal – don’t treat it like one. Encourage residents
      stored in public recreational areas, yard swales and streets.   monitored around the clock. These systems discharge water   to take responsibility and to not dump chemicals, fertilizer,
      The excess surface water slowly drains to community   in the “primary” flood control system as long as carrying   paint, oil, etc. in inlets or pipes. Discourage sweeping of
      lakes or on-site ponds via street and yard drainage grates,   capacity is available.                 lawn clippings and dirt into street drains and disposing of
      swales, ditches or canals. Water then drains from the     Finally, the water flows to the “primary” drainage system   lawn clippings and other debris (wood, concrete blocks,
      community or “tertiary” system through underground   operated by the South Florida Water Management District   Christmas trees, etc.) directly into retention lakes. Keep
      pipes to the “secondary” system, in this area mainly   (SFWMD) or other natural waterways. Floodgates may be   drainage facilities clear of vegetation, trash, improperly and
      operated by Northern Palm Beach County Improvement   opened, and water levels might be lowered in anticipation   illegally discarded appliances, shopping carts, tires, cars,
      District (Northern) or the city or county. Maintenance and   of heavy rains to accommodate direct rainfall and inflows   garbage bags, etc.
      Nurturing Creativity In Dyslexics

       By Jim Forgan, Ph.D.,                               If you need ideas consider reading,  The Dyslexia   interest and talents. Some activities will be tried and
       School Psychologist                               Empowerment Plan:  A Blueprint for Renewing Your   shelved while others might continue to develop and be
         All children need to                            Child’s Confidence and Love of Learning. Author Ben   refined throughout adolescence. It’s often our natural
       believe they excel at some                        Foss describes his own struggles with dyslexia and   strengths that carry us through in life and shape our career
       area  in their life  because                      provides you with a new perspective that remediation of   choices. Your child is smart in many ways so help other
       this helps develop our self-                      what is broken in your child is not the ultimate goal. He   family members and teachers understand your child’s
       esteem and healthy  self-                         explains, “There are specific attitudes and habits that will   natural assets. Someone has to recognize your child’s
       esteem advances success                           have a huge impact on whether your child will be able to   gifts and we hope it’s you.
       in life. Self-esteem is                           apply her strengths at school and beyond.”          Call to discuss your child as we test children ages 5.5
       developed by combining                              Since children develop at different rates you can   through college for dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD,
       our internal beliefs with our                     provide your child with opportunities to sample various   depression, anxiety, and other processing disorders. Visit
       external feedback. Thus, our                      activities, athletics, arts, and hobbies to gauge their or call (561) 625-4125.
       self-esteem is a combination of how we view ourselves and
       how we believe others view us.
         We want your child with dyslexia to develop healthy
       self-esteem and feel good about him or herself. So, in what
       area does your child excel? Although it might be academic
       related, it might not. Perhaps your child believes she is
       talented at mathematics. Other kids might believe they are
       science experts with a deep knowledge of space or fossils.
       Your child’s natural talent might be athletics and being a fast
       runner, best basketball free thrower, dancer, or figure skater.
       Does your child have an innate musical ability? Recognize
       and reinforce your child’s strength area.

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