Tag: water

Fertilizer education creates behavior change and protects local waterways

UF/IFAS Extension Seminole County Fertilizing Effectively in Sandy Florida Soils workshops bring a change in behavior to homeowners, protecting the Wekiva River Basin and other local waterways. The workshops are hosted several times a month throughout Seminole County… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Five of Florida’s Spookiest Invasive Plants

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Happy Halloween from UF/IFAS CAIP! To celebrate the scariest day of the year, we have gathered up five of the spookiest invasive plants haunting around the… Read More

As Florida grows, Low-Impact Development could offer protection for waterways

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension is working with local communities to educate and encourage sustainable water runoff solutions amidst Florida’s rapid growth. Low-impact development (LID) is a design approach for real… Read More

Hurricanes: Friend or Foe to Invasive Plants?

By: Dr. Candice Prince, Assistant Professor Flooded homes, torn off roofs, and downed powerlines – these are usually the first images that spring to mind when talking about hurricanes. While it is true hurricanes can be a major… Read More

EDIS Update: Who Is Interested in Purchasing Smart Irrigation Systems?

Water conservation continues to be a goal for the horticulture industry as scarcity concerns increase. Technology is looked at as a possible solution to increase residential irrigation efficiency.   The new ‘smart’ irrigation systems available include evapotranspiration and… Read More

Integrated Management Approach Increases Water Flow

By: Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist The Issue: The outlet river connecting Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River was infested with hydrilla earlier this year. The infestation resulted in significantly reduced water flow from the… Read More

Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day and Awareness Month

By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County October is all about Fall colors, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes. Here at Sarasota County Sustainability, we are also excited about October because it is National Energy Awareness Month, and today,… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Cultural Ecosystem Services

An Environment of Inspiration Next week I will be backpacking in the Grand Canyon. A group of friends and I are spending five days exploring the canyon; one of the world’s most popular natural wonders. According to the… Read More

Potential Impacts of Invasive Plants

Contributor: Lara Colley, UF/IFAS CAIP Education Coordinator Approximately 130 invasive plant species currently impact the state of Florida, often escaping from yard environments. An invasive species is one not native to a specific location and has a tendency… Read More