March 22, 2023 is observed around the world as World Water Day!
Yesterday, the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners showed its dedication to protecting and enhancing our water resources by proclaiming March 22, 2023 to be World Water Day in Sarasota County. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County was joined by Sarasota County Public Utilities, Sarasota County Public Works Stormwater Division, and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to accept this significant proclamation.
World Water Day is a day to show respect for, and spread awareness of, our Water Resources, which we all know are so vital to each of us here in Sarasota County. This official day of awareness was started by the United Nations, which lists several actions for us all to consider. Among them are “Save Water,” “Reduce Pollution,” “Protect Nature,” and “Be Curious.”
Last year, fixes and retrofits recommended by Sarasota County Extension’s free irrigation evaluation service were estimated to have saved nearly 1.3 million gallons of water for county residents.
That is in addition to the potential 1.4 million gallons of rainwater collected and reused for irrigation as a result of the 384 rain barrels distributed to residents thanks to a collaborative effort with our amazing county partners.
Extension, together with our county and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, aims to provide the knowledge and education necessary to empower residents to adopt habits which reduce non-point source pollution and the associated potential for water quality impairment.
We protect what we understand and appreciate. That is why, through efforts like the Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Waters Stewardship Program, and Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE), Extension provides opportunities for residents of all ages to experience local green spaces, including our beautiful and scenic county and state parks.
Extension translates research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities for all. From Water Resources to Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, from Sustainability to 4-H and Youth Development, we are home to a variety of program areas that can help us all be informed and engaged citizens.
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