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Category: Water

Illinois pondweed: A native aquatic plant we love to hate

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Illinois pondweed (Potmagoeton illinoensis) is a Florida native aquatic plant that provides valuable aquatic habitat and forage for wildlife. Additionally, pondweed can act as a pioneer species in recovering lake ecosystems, increasing dissolved oxygen levels and helping anchor… Read More

Beeswax Food Wrapper “Make & Take” with Film Screening

Close-up photo of microplastic pieces with two fingers for scale.

In celebration of Microplastics Awareness Month (September), UF/IFAS Extension Polk County’s Natural Resources program is excited to announce a new event with DIY Beeswax Food Wrappers! Join us for a film screening of “Smog of the Sea” and… Read More

Lakewatch in Polk County: A Volunteer Water Program that needs YOUR help!

Sunset over Lake May in Winter Haven, FL.

Polk County and Florida LAKEWATCH are looking for volunteers for 22 Polk County Lakes! Lakewatch is a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program that facilitates “hands-on” citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes, rivers and coastal sites through… Read More

Aquatic Midges, also known as “Blind Mosquitoes”

Several adult individuals, Glyptotendipes paripes, one of the species commonly referred to as "Blind mosquitoes.

Blind mosquitoes are a type of freshwater midge. This particular type of midge does not bite, suck blood, or carry diseases. However, blind mosquitoes can still be a nuisance and their populations are often extremely difficult to manage…. Read More