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Slake your thirst for water quality knowledge at our classes

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director, and
Kevin O’Horan, Communications Coordinator

Even as our annual summer rains have rolled in and nagging algal blooms have gradually given way, water remains a hot topic in our area, and one many people want to know more about.

As evidence, look no further than the Water Quality Summit hosted by Sarasota County Government. Hundreds of residents, business leaders, government officials, non-profit administrators and others attended the June 6 event at Riverview High School in Sarasota, eager to learn more about local water quality issues and what can be (and is being) done about them.

The summit delivered, too, with experts offering information on topics as wide-ranging as the science behind water quality and the decision-making process in the state capital. And fully 84 percent of attendees who responded to a post-event survey noted they plan to take action to protect and enhance local water quality.

For many, though, the summit actually whet the appetite, rather than quenched it. Nearly four in five survey respondents indicated an interest in attending water quality-focused educational programs in the future. To help them and others, the following list highlights our water-related classes scheduled for the near future. To register for an event and save your spot, click on the highlighted/linked event title or visit ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.

RESIDENTIAL

PROFESSIONAL/INDUSTRY

In addition, we provide a UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County speakers bureau, where organizations can request one (or more) of our experts visit a community center, workplace, classroom or other setting to speak on a specific topic for a meeting or other event.

Sarasota County staff, in the UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability and Stormwater departments and others, have committed to provide education on a variety of water quality-related topics. And we look forward to seeing you at some (or many) of these future classes.


Contributors: Dr. Marguerite Beckford, commercial horticulture agent; Dr. Abbey Tyrna, water resources agent; and Dr. Pat Williams, residential horticulture agent

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