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Water Ambassador Webinar Series

The Martin County Water Ambassador program is partnership program between  Martin County and UF/IFAS Extension that educates, unites, and empowers residents that have an interest in protecting local waterways and giving back to their communities. In April, the Water Ambassador program went virtual with a weekly lunch and learn webinar series. Local and state experts discussed water resource related topics relevant to the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s coastal waters. These twenty presentations are available to watch online.

April 14: Dr. Mary Lusk, Assistant Professor in UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science Department provided an Introduction to the U.S. Clean Water Act and Total Maximum Daily Loads. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

April 21: Anne Ellig, City of Stuart, and Kate Rotindo, UF/IFAS Extension Urban Horticulture Agent in St. Lucie County, discussed Quarantine Conservation: Water Conservation Practices Inside and Outside of the Home. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

April 28: Drs. Lisa Krimsky and Charles Barrett, UF/IFAS Extension Water Resources Regional Specialized Agents provided an Introduction to Basin Management Action Plans in Florida. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

May 5: Dr. Vincent Encomio, UF/IFAS Extension Sea Grant Agent in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, talked about Living Shorelines. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

May 12: Emily Dark, Environmental Specialists with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves, gave an overview of the Leave No Trace program and principles. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

May 19: Dr. Eban Bean, Assistant Professor in the UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department provided an Introduction to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) in Florida. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

May 25: Anne Ellig, City of Stuart, and Jennifer Anglin, St. Lucie County, talked about The Ins and Outs of Recycling on the Treasure Coast. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

June 2: Dr. Dail Laughinghouse, Assistant Professor at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, provided a review of Cyanobacteria in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Estuary. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

June 9: Nat Osborn, local author and teacher, gave a History of the Indian River Lagoon. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

June 16: Dr. Mary Lusk, Assistant Professor in UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science Department, and Dr. Andrea Albertin, UF/IFAS Extension Water Resources Regional Specialized Agents provided an overview of Septic Systems. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

June 23: Mark Perry, Executive Director of the Florida Oceanographic Society, provided an Overview of the St. Lucie Watershed. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

June 30: Dr. Ashley Smyth, Assistant Professor in UF/IFAS Soil and Water Science Department, discussed Oyster Restoration, Aquaculture, and Water Quality. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

July 7: Anne Murray, Hydrogeology and Water Resource Management with Martin County Utilities & Solid Waste, discussed Martin County’s Septic to Sewer Conversion Program. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

July 14: Dr. Lakesh Sharma, Assistant Professor in the UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Department provided an overview of Agricultural Best Management Practices. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

July 21: Jennifer Pelham, UF/IFAS Extension County Extension Director and  Urban Horticulture Agent in Martin County, talked about Turf Alternatives in the Landscape. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

July 28: Dr. Eban Bean, Assistant Professor in the UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department provided an introduction to Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

August 4: Thomas DeBusk, President and Principal Scientist, DB Environmental, Inc., discussed Treatment Wetlands for Water Quality Management in Florida. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

August 11: Dr. Vincent Encomio, UF/IFAS Extension Sea Grant Agent in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, provided a Citizen’s Guide to Accessing Water Quality Data in Southeast Florida. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

August 18: Dr. Haimanote Bayabil, Assistant Professor in the UF/IFAS Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department presented on Hydrology 101 and DBHYDRO. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

August 25: Casey Craig, graduate student at the University of Central Florida presented on The Indian River Lagoon Microplastics Project. If you missed it, or want to review, you can view the video here!

Contact: Dr. Lisa Krimsky, Water Resources Regional Specialized Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, lkrimsky@ufl.edu