2024 Community Water Wise Awards

By: Doris Heitzmann


Is your yard a winner? Enter your landscape today to find out.
The Community Water Wise Awards Program is sponsored by Tampa Bay Water and was created to recognize individuals and businesses committed to conserving water resources and protecting the environment by implementing the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles.

The Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping are:

  1. Right Plant, Right Place
  2. Water efficiently
  3. Fertilize appropriately
  4. Mulch
  5. Attract Wildlife
  6. Manage Yard Pests responsibly
  7. Recycle
  8. Reduce Stormwater Runoff
  9. Protect the Waterfront

Most of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles are incorporated in the judging process for the Community Water Wise Awards program with focus on efficient water use in the landscape. The retention of trees and the overall design and aesthetics of the landscape are also taken into consideration.

Who can apply?
The annual award program is open to landscapes from across the tri-county Tampa Bay region* (includes Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough). 

How to apply?
Entering is free, and only takes a few minutes. Potential applicants should visit https://awards.tampabaywaterwise.org/Enter-Your-Landscape to fill out the brief online entry form. Applications for the current year’s competition will be accepted until midnight, June 30, 2024! For questions contact Doris Heitzmann at dheitzmann@pinellascounty.org

To learn more about the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program and gardening related questions contact the UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County at 727-582-2422 and consider joining our mailing list and view our upcoming Lawn and Garden Classes!


Posted: June 3, 2024

Category: Conservation, Events, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Landscape, Pinellas, Save Water, Water, Water Conservation, Water Wise

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