Adult Summer Camp: Protect the Environment

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Protect the Environment with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is a department of the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners with a mission of fostering a community ethic of responsible environmental stewardship of the land, air, water, and living resources in Alachua County. The Department is made up of several divisions that collectively work to preserve natural areas, improve our water quality, reduce water use, protect habitat and ecosystem health, prevent pollution, remediate pollution, and educate the public on how to minimize our impacts on the environment.

Environmental Protection Department LogoNatural Resources Protection

Wednesday, July 7, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

The staff of the Natural Resources Division use their expertise to protect the County's amazing array of natural and historic resources, and to ensure that these resources are protected by administering local sustainable development standards so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Join us to learn more about the types of habitat, plants, geology, and wildlife we have in our own backyard, and discover where you can see and experience these unique resources that make Alachua County such a special place.

Alachua County Forever - 20 Years and 25,000 Acres Protected

Wednesday, July 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

The Alachua County Forever Program acquires and manages conservation lands in Alachua County through the voter-supported Wild Spaces and Public Places initiatives. Learn about the lands that you have helped protect, and the how the programs works to protect water resources, wildlife habitat, and natural areas suitable for resource-based recreation in our country.

Landscaping to Protect our Springs

Wednesday, July 21, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

This presentation will highlight how Alachua County Environmental Protection Department is working to reduce water quality impacts from intensely managed landscapes. Educational efforts like the Aquifer Awareness campaign and the Turf SWAP Landscaping Retrofit program will be explored. The presentation will also cover the regulatory programs implemented by Alachua County which inclufe irrigation restrictions, irrigation design standards for new systems, the annual eight-month fertilizer ban, and the State's first Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Code for Homeowner Associations (HOA) - which includes enforcement capabilities to prevent HOAs from prohibiting FFL. 

Alachua County Springs Restoration Efforts

Wednesday, July 28, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom

Alachua County Environmental Protection Department's Greg Owen will present on the Department's springs restoration efforts. The presentation will discuss current threats to springs, scientific findings, and Alachua County's projects past and present. Join the presentation to learn about Alachua County's springs re-vegetation efforts and dissolved oxygen studies, as well as what you can do to protect Florida Springs.