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Manatee County Offers "Water School" April 26-27

The Southwest Florida Water Management District and Manatee County are giving residents a chance to learn about local water resource issues and how to make a difference during the Manatee County Extension Water School. The two-day event starts April 26 and is aimed at current and future policy makers and interested residents of Manatee County. Registration is $30 and includes two lunches, refreshments and educational materials.

The first day features discussions from industry experts as they share their views on current and future water resource issues and regulations. Participants will discover how to get involved and influence local policy and the future of water resources. During the second day, participants will tour several locations around Manatee County to learn various perspectives regarding water resource management, including the individual homeowner, community and agricultural.

The event is hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Manatee County Extension office and sponsored by the District, Manatee County Government and SMR Farms.

For a more detailed agenda or to register, please register online or call (941)722-4524, ext. 230.

This event is $30.00 per person for both days. It will take place from 8:00am - 4:00pm on April 26 and from 8:00am - 3:00pm on April 27. For more information or to register call Marina D'Abreau at (941) 722-4524 ext. 230.


DAY 1 – April 26, 2012 (8 am – 4 pm)

Morning Sessions:
Presentation: Where freshwater and saltwater systems merge: environmental considerations in Manatee County (Dr. Jay Leverone, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program)
Presentation: Urban Development and Land Management Impacts on Water Quality (Dr. Amy Shober, University of Florida IFAS)
Panel Discussion: Florida’s Future Water Availability and Needs – 2020 and Beyond

Afternoon Sessions:
Panel Discussion: Manatee County Success Stories in Water Issues
Presentation: Shifting Tides: Florida's Changing Water Quality Regulations (Dr. Chris Martinez, University of Florida IFAS)
Presentation: Water Issues, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement (Dr. Marina D’Abreau, UF IFAS Manatee County Extension and Mr. Larry Bustle, Manatee County Commissioner)

DAY 2 – April 27, 2012 (8 am – 3 pm, Bus Tour)
• Extension Service Educational Gardens
• Lakewood Ranch
• SMR Farms
• Manatee County Water Treatment Plant

Additional Contact Information

Marina D'Abreau

Extension Agent,, Manatee County Extension

(941) 722-4524 ext. 230