Water and Environmental Resources

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Learn more about how Extension helps protect your water and environmental resources, through the following programs:

Chemicals in the EnvironmentChemicals in the Environment

Promotes responsible use of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals to limit unintended impacts to the health of humans, animals and the environment.


Ecology and Natural ResourcesEcology and Natural Resources

Educates and empowers citizens by promoting awareness of our diverse natural resources, and fostering connections with and conservation of our unique and vulnerable ecosystems by providing environmental education, outdoor recreation, and wellness opportunities.


Horticulture, CommercialHorticulture, Commercial

Provides continuing education to landscaping, turf, and other horticulture professionals on current techniques and best management practices for irrigation, chemical applications, and other maintenance needs.


Horticulture, ResidentialHorticulture, Residential

Provides education and training for homeowners and professionals to create and manage appealing, Florida-Friendly landscapes that reduce the need for and costs of irrigation, chemical applications, and other maintenance that might harm the ecosystem.


Marine and CoastalMarine and Coastal

Provides residents, businesses and agencies with education, hands-on experience and other tools to preserve the quality and abundance of coastal and marine resources, in ways that highlight the social and economic benefits of these ecosystems.


Natural ResourcesNatural Resources

Conserves the natural capital of Sarasota County that is the basis for its prosperity and sustainability by increasing community awareness of local natural systems and support of ecological land management programs.


Solid Waste ReductionSolid Waste Reduction

Works with residents, businesses, volunteers, and community organizations to develop and implement waste diversion and resource reduction strategies that decrease waste generation, to create a healthier, more sustainable Sarasota County.


Water ResourcesWater Resources

Uses education and citizen science to increase awareness of water connectedness to build a conservation ethic that will sustain and protect our water supply and preserve our quality of life.


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