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Learning about Home Water Use


February 2, 2022

Water is a vital part of everyday life. Florida, with its growing population, has seen an increase in water use. Understanding household water consumption can support conservation efforts. H2OSAV has a series of fact sheets on Ask IFAS that ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Lawn, Money Matters, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Bradley Spatz, H2OSAV, Kaitlin Olander Robb Price, Nick Taylor, Parker Johnson, Pierce Jones, Tricia Kyzar, Water Use

Contaminants in the Urban Environment: Microplastics


January 11, 2016

Plastic, plastic everywhere! We live in a world where we are surrounded by plastic: from packaging materials and cutlery to plastic appliances and medical devices. Since the mid-twentieth century, plastic has been a boon to humanity and an integral ... READ MORE

Category: Home Management, Natural Resources, Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Contaminants In The Urban Environment Series, Gurpal S. Toor, Ignacio A. Rodriguez-Jorquera, Maia McGuire, Soil And Water Sciences Department, Yun-Ya Yang
Inlet pipe depositing sand-clay mix

Sand-Clay Mix in Phosphate Mine Reclamation: Characteristics and Land Use


October 15, 2015

Phosphate rock is a key component in producing fertilizer and many other economically important products. Getting phosphate rock out of the ground produces a by-produce called phosphate clay, which mining operations must return to the landscape. ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Casey Beavers, Edward A. Hanlon, George J. Hochmuth, James Cates, Matt Wilson, Phosphate Industry, Soil And Water Sciences Department
Water lily

Strategies to Encourage Adoption of Stormwater Pond Best Management Practices (BMPs) by Homeowners


September 18, 2015

Man-made ponds can be a useful way to collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff in residential areas. However, these ponds can become polluted when runoff contains fertilizers, pesticides, and pet waste from the neighborhood. This 8-page fact ... READ MORE

Category: Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Agricultural Education And Communication Department, Emily Ott, Gail Hansen, Laura A. Warner, Michelle Atkinson, Ondine Wells, Paul Monaghan, Stormwater Ponds
Figure 1. Any homeowner can independently adopt the Florida-Friendly Landscaping practices as long as they are consistent with HOA requirements and other restrictions. Credit: Michael Gutierrez, UF/IFAS

Estimated Water Savings Potential of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Activities


September 8, 2015

To help homeowners predict the impact of implementing some of the water conservation measures listed on Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ checklist, this 5-page fact sheet offers a table of estimated water savings. Homeowners can select activities ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Florida-Friendly Landscapes, Lawns And Water Conservation, Mackenzie Boyer, Michael D. Dukes
caution sign: Road Subject to Flooding

Basics of the National Flood Insurance Program


August 26, 2015

Established by Congress in 1968 because the private market stopped offering flood insurance, the NFIP provides federally backed flood insurance to property owners in participating communities. This 10-page fact sheet covers topics such as: why ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Home Management, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Water, Work & Life
Tags: Disaster Preparedness, Flood Insurance, Florida Sea Grant, Thomas Ruppert
The University of Florida's C-band Microwave Radiometer system (UFCMR) Credit: J. Casanova, University of Florida

Field Observations During the Eleventh Microwave Water and Energy Balance Experiment (MicroWEX-11) from April 25 through December 6, 2012


August 26, 2015

This new report from UF/IFAS researchers provides another set of observation data that can be used to develop better models for accurate prediction of weather and near-term climate. It describes the observations conducted during the MicroWEX-11, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Agricultural And Biological Engineering Department, Alejandro Monsivais-Huertero, Anthony England, Daniel Preston, Ella Baar, Jasmeet Judge, Jason Motsinger, Juan Fernandez-Diaz, Karthik Nagarajan, Max Wallace, Microwave Water And Energy Balance Experiments, Pang-Wei Liu, Patrick Rush, Robert Terwilleger, Roger De Roo, Ruzbeh Akbar, Susan Steele-Dunne, Tara Bongiovanni, Tim H. M. Van Emmerik

Strategies to Encourage Adoption of Stormwater Pond Best Management Practices (BMPs) by Homeowners


August 24, 2015

Man-made ponds can be a useful way to collect, store, and treat stormwater runoff in residential areas. However, these ponds can become polluted when runoff contains fertilizers, pesticides, and pet waste from the neighborhood. This 8-page fact ... READ MORE

Category: Water
Tags: Department Of Agricultural Education And Communication, Emily Ott, Gail Hansen, Laura Warner, Michelle Atkinson, Ondine Wells, Paul Monaghan, Sgrenrock, Stormwater Ponds

Encouraging Landscape Water-Conservation Behaviors #3: Developing Extension and Outreach Messages That Encourage Landscape Water Conservation Practice Adoption


August 21, 2015

Message framing can be an effective tool for crafting messages for a target audience. This 5-page fact sheet explains how Extension can use gain and loss message framing to encourage Florida residents who irrigate their home landscape to adopt ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Alexa Lamm, Courtney Owens, Department Of Agricultural Education And Communication, Joy Rumble, Laura Warner, Randall Cantrell, Sgrenrock, Water Conservation

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