Water touches every part of our lives. Whether you’re an avid fisher, a weekend beachgoer, or just someone who enjoys a tall, cold glass of H₂O, your life depends on an ample supply of clean water.
Originally developed by UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, the Florida Waters Stewardship Program is a multi-session workshop focused on the interconnection between water and people. For this year’s program, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County partnered with UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County. We took a deep dive into topics affecting our local water resources across the Sarasota-Manatee region.
Where We Went
Workshops took place at a new location each week. This gave attendees the opportunity to explore their own backyards through a new lens. Throughout the program we visited:
- Robinson Preserve, Bradenton
- The Bay Sarasota, Sarasota
- Perico Preserve, Bradenton
- Turtle Beach, Sarasota
- Mabry T. Carlton Jr. Water Treatment Facility, Venice
- Mote Aquaculture Research Park, Sarasota
What We Learned
We heard from expert speakers about a variety of technical topics and placed a particular emphasis on developing communication and interpersonal skills. As a result, Waters Stewards not only learn the science behind issues affecting our water resources, but also foster the skills needed to use this information to cultivate positive change in our community.
Thirsty For More?
Contact your local Extension agent to learn about upcoming offerings of the Florida Waters Stewardship Program:
Ready To Dive In?
Pinellas County will be offering the Florida Waters Stewardship Program Aug. 09 to Oct. 18, 2023! Learn more and register today at eventbrite.com/e/607650698597!