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                    March 25, 2011



  In This Issue            Learn More A bout the
                      Hillsborough River Watershed
   Reuse-A -
    Palooza       Any groups or organiza tions tha t may be
                        inte reste d in hea ring about the
  Hillsborough    Hillsborough R ive r wa te rshed is invited to
 County Offers    conta ct the Hillsborough R ive r Wa te rshed
   Training To
                  Alliance. The prese nta tion "Mak ing Be tte r
 Neighborhood
                       Choice s for a Hea lthy Wa te rshe d"
  A ssociation           highlights the wa te rshed, its
    Members
                   environmental sta tus, impa cts on wa te r
 Commercial        quality, wha t reside nts can do to reduce
Landscape and         pollution, a nd whe re to ge t he lp in
                           prote cting the wa te rshed.
   Pesticide
   Training
                            The pre senta tion is free.
 Pasco County
   Requests            For more informa tion or to book a
  Community             pre senta tion, please conta ct the
 Involvement         Hillsborough R ive r Wa te rshed Alliance
                   a t hrwa fl@ve rizon.ne t or ca ll (813) 245-
  Earth Day                            0583.
  Tampa Bay
    2011                  The HRWA on Facebook!

  Carrollwood     The Hillsborough R ive r Wa te rshed Alliance
Cultural Center    now ha s a Fa cebook page. You ca n now
Presents GOING     sha re your rive r/wa te rshed adventures,
  GREEN: THE         thoughts, stories, photos, and othe r
 MUSICA L! On      expe riences from living in or visiting the
  March 31 &                      wa te rshed.
    A pril 10
                     You ca n visit toda y by click ing he re.
  SFWMD's
  Extensive                 Be come a frie nd of the
 Monitoring             Hillsborough R ive r wa te rshed.
  Network
Detects Japan        We Want Your Watershed News!
  Earthquake        If you ha ve any environmenta l ne ws items
                     or notices of spe cia l e vents you would like
 It's Time for a    included in this ne wsle tte r, please forwa rd
  Little Spring                to hrwa fl@ve rizon.ne t
    Cleaning
                          Visit the HRWA on the Web
   Attention
Contractors and      Lea rn more about the Hillsborough R ive r
Engineers - Free            wa te rshed a t our we b site .
    8 CEU'S!
                                    Our Mission
  Community
workshops for         The mission of the Hillsborough R ive r
 building the         Wa te rshed Allia nce is to prese rve and
future of West         prote ct the na tural resources of the
    Pasco                            Hillsborough
                        R ive r wa te rshed through coa lition
  Can the Gift            building, educa tion, resea rch,
   Economy                 sustainability, a nd a dvoca cy.
   Inspire a
  Sustainable
  Tampa Bay?                      The HRWA New
                                  Mailing Address
      20th
A nniversary Tri-                  P.O. Box 1 26
 County Give a                  Lut z, Fl ori da 33548
Day for the Bay

 Upcoming UF
    Numeric
Nutrient Criteria
   Workshop

Fun with Frogs
 in Florida: A
Save the Frogs
  Day Event

  Spring 2011
     Master
Gardener Plant
Clinics Calendar
@ Your Library®

 Pasco County
Extension FREE
 Seminars for
  A pril 2011

 "Guardians of
    the Bay"
 Student Video
    Contest
                        Reuse-A -Palooza

Come out and enjoy a da y of fam ily fun, a ctivitie s, and
re cycling educa tion. Reuse-A-Pa looza will take pla ce
Sa turda y, Ma rch 26 a t Lowry Pa rk in Tampa . Fun be gins a t 9
a .m.

Activities include wa tching groups go head to head, ra cing
ha nd- made boa ts pie ce d toge the r with re cycle d ma teria ls,
re cycled a rt show, and colle ction of re cyclable ma te ria ls.

Re cycle your...
    • plastics (numbe rs 1-7)
    • Glass
    • Pape r/ca rdboa rd
    • Aluminum/tin
    • Styrofoam*
    • Expire d Medica tions*
    • Ele ctronics*
*Please keep sepa ra te for
disposal.

O NLY THESE ITEMS ACC EPTED:
Re cha rgeable ba tte rie s, La ptops, C D pla ye rs, Ke yboards, Ha rd
drives, Game Consoles, Ce ll phones & a ccessorie s

                           Lowry Pa rk
                       7525 N Blvd, Tampa
                        9 a .m. to 1 p.m.

                      For more informa tion:
                Ca ll Keep Hillsborough County
      Beautiful a t (813) 960-5121 for more informa tion.

 Hillsborough County 2011 Neighborhoods Conference
                         Offers
     Training To Neighborhood A ssociation Members

When: Sa turda y, April 2, 2011
Time: 8 a .m. to 2:30 p.m .
Where: Hillsborough Community College Da le Mabry
Campus, 4001 Tampa Ba y Blvd. in Tampa
Cost: $15 be fore Ma rch 23; $20 afte r Ma rch 23 and a t the
door
Web site: hillsboroughcounty.org/onr/confe re nce/

The re is still time for Hillsborough County ne ighborhood
associa tion boa rd membe rs and a ctive community reside nts
to registe r for the 8th Annual Hillsborough County
Ne ighborhoods Confe rence and lea rn how to make their
communities stronge r.
The 2011 Ne ighborhoods Confe rence will be held Sa turda y,
April 2, from 8 a.m . to 2:30 p.m. a t Hillsborough Community
College Da le Mabry Campus, a cross from Ra ymond James
Stadium. Registra tion is $15 be fore Ma rch 23; $20 afte r
Ma rch 23 and a t the door.

The 2011 Ne ighborhoods Confe rence will fea ture 24
work shops tha t will he lp build a sense of community among
the more than 1,000 registe red neighborhood, civic,
homeowne rs, a nd crime wa tch associa tions throughout
Hillsborough County. Atte ndees can lea rn how to improve
ne ighborhood safe ty; ge t tips for Do-It-Yourself home
im provements; re ceive ideas to de ve lop e ffe ctive
communica tions with ne ighbors; lea rn how to find the public
and priva te resources tha t a re a va ilable to them; and lea rn
how to work with gove rnments to improve the qua lity of life
for their re sidents. The re will a lso be ne twork ing opportunities
with citizens and lea de rs of othe r associa tions, and more than
90 exhibit booths hosted by County depa rtme nts a nd loca l
businesses.

Also during the Confe rence , the 2010 Neighborhood
Re cognition Awa rds will be pre sented. These a wa rds a re
designed to a cknowle dge neighborhood orga nizations tha t
ha ve been a ctive in civic affa irs and worked colle ctive ly to
im prove a nd enrich the ir communitie s and the live s of the ir
reside nts. The deadline for applica tions is Ma rch 18 a t 5 p.m.

Ne ighborhood Re cognition Awa rds applica tions a re a vailable
in the O ffice of Ne ighborhood Re la tions, County Ce nte r, 601
Ea st Kennedy Blvd., 1st Floor, in Tampa, or by going to the
Hillsborough County Neighborhood Rela tions Web page a t
hillsboroughcounty.org/onr.

    Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance A nd
     Limited Lawn and Ornamental Pesticide License
                       Training
                  To Be Held A pril 14

What: Lim ited Commercia l Landscape Ma inte nance and
Lim ited La wn and O rnamental Pesticide License Tra ining and
Exam
When: April 14
Registration: 7:30 a.m .
Class: 8 a.m . - 3 p.m.
Exam: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Hillsborough County Ex tension, 5339 County Road
579 in Seffne r

Training Cost: Ge ne ra l Profe ssiona ls $30, Gove rnment
Employees $20

Hillsborough County Ex te nsion is pre senting the Limited
Comme rcial Landscape Maintenance (LC LM) and Lim ited La wn
and O rnamental (LLO ) Pe sticide Lice nse Combine d Training
and Exam on April 14 a t the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County
Ex tension O ffice , 5339 County Roa d 579 in Se ffne r.

LCLM is the license required for anyone who is hired to
controls wee ds in plant beds a nd/or pe rform s Integra ted Pest
Ma nagement on ornamenta l pla nts using pesticides with
signal word C AUTIO N.

LLO is the lice nse required for gove rnmenta l employees and
priva te or commercia l prope rty owne rs using gene ral and/or
restricte d use pe sticides on non-a gricultura l prope rty.

License A pplication and Exam Fee
Those wishing to take the exam a nd comple te the Florida
Depa rtment of Agriculture Applica tion must bring a che ck for
$150 made pa yable to FDAC S.

For more informa tion or to registe r, visit ProHort a t
prohort.ifas.ufl.edu/, and click on the ProHort Events, or
conta ct Susan Haddock, Hillsborough County Comme rcial
Horticulture /IPM/Small Fa rm s Agent a t (813) 744-5519 ext.
103

    Pasco County Requests Community Involvement

Pasco County is la unching a n ex tensive community outrea ch
effort to solicit feedba ck from re sidents on a va rie ty of topics
re la ted to the future of the County. The goal is to find out
wha t work s and wha t needs improvement in County
gove rnment, as well as gauge public opinion on the County's
efforts to deal with an expe cted $5 million shortfall in
re venue.

This effort is in conjunction with National County Gove rnment
Month (NCGM), which is ce lebra ted ea ch April by the na tion's
counties to ra ise public a wa reness a nd unde rstanding about
the roles and responsibilities of county gove rnment. The 2011
theme is "Se rving Our Ve te ra ns, Armed Forces a nd The ir
Families."

Pasco's outre a ch effort includes three initia tives: an online
citizen surve y, social media, and community mee tings. The
Pasco County C itizen Surve y will be a va ila ble online at
bringingopportuniteshome.com and pascocountyfl.ne t, during
the month of April. The surve y include s a se ries of questions
on se rvice a reas and qua lity of se rvice de live red. The surve y
a lso includes que stions on the ke y stra tegic issues fa cing
Pasco County.

The County will a lso seek input from citizens and businesse s
inte reste d in providing fee dba ck via the community meetings.
Community mee tings ha ve been sche duled a s follows:

Thursday, April 7, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. a t the Pasco County
Historic Courthouse Boa rd Room , Dade City

Tue sda y, April 12, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. a t the West Pasco
Gove rnment Cente r Boa rd Room, Ne w Port Riche y*

Monda y, April 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. a t the West Pasco
Gove rnment Cente r Boa rd Room, Ne w Port Riche y

*This mee ting will also be te levise d live on Pasco County
Gove rnment Te le vision loca ted on Brighthouse Ne tworks
cable cha nne l 622 or Ve rizon Fios cha nne l 42.

Pasco County ha s a lso crea ted a "Bringing Opportunities
Home" to Pasco County Fa cebook page . Reside nts can find
upda tes to County initiatives, mee tings and proje cts. The
Fa cebook page is se t up as a business page whe re reside nts
ca n "Like" the page in orde r to follow the County's progress.

Pasco County re sidents a re a lwa ys encouraged to be involved
in the pla nning process a nd sha re the ir opinions. For more
informa tion, visit pascocountyfl.ne t and click on "Bringing
Opportunities Home" a t the top of the page . To send
fee dba ck , click on the Custome r Comment Ca rd link on the
left side of the pa ge or send a n email to
custome rse rvice @pascocountyfl.ne t.



               Earth Day Tampa Bay 2011
                     "Pride of Place"
  A pril 23 @ the University of South Florida Botanical
                         Gardens

usfweb2.usf.edu/Susta inability/ea rthda y/ea rthda y_2011.html

Join us for an ex citing e vent! The 2011
Earth Day Tampa Bay
is being organize d by the Tampa Ba y Sie rra C lub and the
Unive rsity of South Florida's O ffice of Susta inability. Our
theme this yea r, "pride of pla ce ," is inte nded to promote our
community's pride in our loca l e nvironments. The e vent will
take pla ce from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sa turda y, April 23
a t the USF Bota nica l Ga rde ns (one block north of the corne r
of Fowle r Ave . & Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa ). Admission &
pa rk ing a re free, but we encourage the use of a lte rna tive
tra nsporta tion.

 The yea r 2011 will ma rk the 41st Earth Day Tampa Bay
ce lebra tion. This yea r's festiva l will fea ture exhibitors,
demonstra tions, a rts and crafts, community groups, live
music, food, a nd children's a ctivities-all aimed to help Tampa
Ba y's re sidents crea te a hea lthy and susta inable lifestyle.
Busine sses will demonstra te ne w products tha t will focus on
wa ys to "go gree n," a nd nonprofit organiza tions will be on site
to provide helpful informa tion. This annual e vent typically
a ttra cts se ve ra l thousa nds of pa rticipa nts.

 We invite businesses, non-profit and gove rnmenta l
organiza tions, a nd student groups to join us a s exhibitors or
sponsors. Applica tions for ex hibitors a nd sponsors a re
a va ila ble online a t,
usfweb2.usf.edu/Susta inability/ea rthda y/ea rthda y_2011.html.
For more informa tion, please conta ct us a t:
Ea rthDay@usf.edu.

        Carrollwood Cultural Center Presents
 GOING GREEN: THE MUSICA L! On March 31 & A pril 10

What: Musical production: Going Green
When: Thursda y, Ma rch 31 a t 10:30 a.m .; Sunday, April 10
a t 3 p.m .
Where: 4537 Lowe ll Roa d in Tampa
A dmission: $7 for membe rs; $10 for non-membe rs; Free for
childre n unde r 4

The Ca rrollwood Cultural Cente r is proud to prese nt Going
Green: The Musical!, pe rformed by The Pla y'N Around Thea tre
Company.

Pene lope Ja ne is ba ck a nd this time she is lea rning the
im portance of going green. Join he r a nd a ll of he r friends a s
the y find out wha t happens when we all ge t toge the r to make
a diffe rence in the world. Going Green introduces students to
the importance of R EDUC E, R EUSE, R ECYCLE!

Ticke ts for Going Green: The Musical! a re $7 for membe rs,
$10 for non-membe rs and free for children unde r the age of
4. Tickets ma y be purcha sed a t the Cente r, online at
Ca rrollwoodCente r.org, or by ca lling (813) 269-1310.

Pla y'N Around Thea tre Company is a professiona l thea te r
compa ny tha t tours live educa tiona l musica l productions to
thea tre s, schools, libra ries a nd spe cia l e vents.

Going Green is pa rt of the 2010-11 Pla y'N Around season a t
the Ca rrollwood Cultura l Cente r. Pre vious pe rforma nces
included Hanse l and Gre tel, Little Red R iding Hood,
Bullyproof: The Musical, and The Nutcra cke r.

The Ca rrollwood Cultural Cente r is loca te d a t 4537 Lowe ll
Road in Tampa.

The Carrollwood Cultural Center is a partnership between
Hillsborough County and the Friends of the Carrollwood
Cultural Center. The mission of the Friends of the Center is to
offer cultural programs, services and events that encourage
individual exploration and promotes a sense of community.
The Friends of the Carrollwood Cultural Center is a 501(c)3
organization. For more information, visit the Carrollwood
Cultural Center Web site at carrollwoodcenter.org.

        SFWMD's Extensive Monitoring Network
             Detects Japan Earthquake

         South Florida water gauges show anomalies
             34 minutes after earthquake struck

An exte nsive ne twork of groundwa te r gauges monitored by
the South Florida Wa te r Mana gement District (SFW MD) to
prote ct re gional wa te r resources registe re d an unusual
oscilla tion shortly a fte r the de va stating ea rthquake and
tsunami struck Japan.

"We we re not expe cting to see any indica tion of the geological
e vents in Japa n given the isla nd's grea t dista nce from Florida .
The fa ct tha t many of our groundwa te r ga uges picked up this
anoma ly is an indica tion of just how se nsitive the SFWMD
monitoring ne twork ca n be ," sa id Susa n Sylve ste r, SFWMD
Dire ctor of the Ope ra tions Control and Hydro Da ta
Ma nagement Depa rtme nt. "This high-le ve l re solution a llows
our enginee rs to ga the r informa tion vita l to prote cting South
Florida's wa te r re source s and environment."

SFW MD te chnicians noticed the a nomaly occurred shortly
a fte r the quake and tsunami hit Japan. The unusua l
re ve rbe ra tions continued throughout the District's 16-county
region for nea rly two hours. The same te chnicians
documented both the Ha iti ea rthquake on Janua ry 12, 2010,
and the Chile ea rthquake on Februa ry 27, 2010.

"It's the science and enginee ring of this calibe r tha t a llow us
to manage wa te r re source s for 7.7 m illion reside nts a nd the
South Florida e cosystem," sa id SFWMD Exe cutive Director
Ca rol Ann Wehle. "This da ta a llows the age ncy to make
informed, science-ba sed de cisions when managing the wa te r
resources of South Florida for flood control, wa te r supply and
wa te r qua lity."

Da ta from a cross South Florida is colle cte d through a se ries of
we lls fitte d with re cording de vices tha t tra nsmit the wa te r
le vels to the SFWMD headqua rte rs in West Pa lm Bea ch.
Informa tion from the ne twork he lps District scientists and
enginee rs make da ily ope ra tiona l de cisions and de velop tools
to improve wa te r qua lity for South Florida . This create s a
broad, we ll-de fined picture of the regiona l groundwa te r
sta tus, which is espe cia lly critica l in times such a s the current
re cord-se tting dry season.

The ne twork consists of 907 groundwa te r wells managed by
both the District and the U.S. Geological Surve y tha t a re
monitored e ve ry 15 minutes, monthly or on a custom
schedule . The wells, which can measure le vels down to one
one -hundre dth of a foot, monitor groundwa te r in loca tions
such as the Floridan Aquife r, 1,800 to 3,600 fee t deep, and
the sha llowe r Bisca yne Aquife r, whe re much of South Florida's
drinking wa te r origina tes. Additiona l gauges measure surfa ce
wa te r stages, ra infa ll a nd wa te r qua lity in pla ces such as the
Wa te r Conse rva tion Areas.

District sta ff is e spe cia lly touched by this disaste r, which
struck just da ys afte r a dele gation from Japan visite d age ncy
fa cilities. The group membe rs, who tra veled to the District to
enhance the ir wa te r mana gement expe rtise and lea rn ne w
te chniques, reported ba ck the y we re in Tok yo a t the time of
the ea rthquake a nd we re not hurt - e ve n as the y live with the
ove rwhelm ing effe cts.

             It's Time for a Little Spring Cleaning

W ith the a rriva l of wa rme r tempe ra tures and be tte r wea the r,
it's time for the long honored, or dreaded, tra dition of spring
cleaning. Many people use this time of yea r to rid their homes
of unneeded clutte r, freshen up the ir ya rds and do a comple te
deep cleansing inside and out. Ea ch of these a ctivities is often
seen as a once-a -yea r unde rtaking, but with a little effort
the y can be come ea sy a ctions to make susta ina bility a pa rt of
our e ve ryda y lives.
One thing we need to ensure is tha t wha te ve r we clea n out
from our homes and ya rds doesn't just end up in our la ndfills.
The more we disca rd and send to landfills, the less spa ce
the re is a va ilable in ex isting locations. Sure ly we don't want
to outgrow our landfills, and we don't have to. There a re easy
steps tha t we can take to reduce the impa ct to these a reas.
Some examples tha t not only he lp the environment, but a lso
he lp your efforts to be more 'green' include:
   •   Compost ya rd waste and trimmings instead of putting
       them onto the curb with the tra sh.
   •   Dona te gently used items such as clothing, line ns,
       dishes, pots and pans to local cha rity orga niza tions.
   •   Dispose of household haza rdous waste , such as paints,
       used oil a nd unused clea ne rs, a t appropria te loca tions.
       Most loca l gove rnments provide amnesty da ys whe re
       these items a re colle cted a nd e ithe r pla ced in an
       ex cha nge program or a re disposed prope rly.

A deep cleaning of your home is often a la rge pa rt of the
usua l spring routine . Mops, rags, pape r towe ls a nd clea ning
chem ica ls a re the prima ry tools we use to a ccomplish a true
deep cleaning. Howe ve r, these traditiona l tools can contribute
to increased le vels of indoor a ir pollution tha t can be worse
tha n wha t is expe rienced outside . By moving a wa y from these
traditiona l clea ning methods and incorpora ting a more
environmentally-friendly approa ch, many of these issues can
be resolved. These common components can result in a more
ea rth-friendly approa ch:

   •   Reduce wa ste by switching from pa pe r towe ls to
       microfibe r cloths.
   •   Use cleane rs tha t ha ve been ce rtified by a third party
       as be ing green, such as Green Seal and EPA's Design
       for the Environment.
   •   Make your own gree n clea ne rs using na tural products.
       Vinega r and wa te r is one homemade cleane r tha t is
       good for m ultiple jobs, including cleaning glass and
       e lim ina ting pe t odors. Add baking soda a nd it also
       work s as a dra in clea ne r.
   •   Make sure to prope rly labe l and store the cleaning
       solutions.

The a ctions you take toda y can ha ve la rge impa cts to the
future , so clea n with the e nvironment in m ind for a hea lthy
tomorrow. For more information on green clea ning pra ctices
and homemade solutions, go to green/cleaning.htm .

  Attention Contractors and Engineers - Free 8 CEU'S!

April 5 & 6th 2011
Osceola He ritage Pa rk
Ex tension Se rvices Building
1921 Kissimmee Valle y Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744

 PR ER EGISTRATIO N R EQUIR ED - DEADLINE: Ma rch 30, 2011
To registe r please visit the link below:
fdepinspector.ev entbrite.com

   •   GET TR AINING & C ER TIFIC ATIO N FROM THE BEST
       ERO SIO N CO NTROL CO URSE AVAILABLE
   •   KEEP YOUR PROJECT IN COMPLIANC E
   •   LEAR N NEW ERO SIO N CO NTRO L TECHNIQUES
   •   EAR N 8 CO NTINUING EDUC ATIO N UNITS (C EUs) FOR
       CO NTR ACTOR S LIC ENSE
   •   EAR N 8 PRO FESSIO NAL TECHNIC AL DEVELOPMENT
       HO URS (PDHs) FOR FLOR IDA PROFESSIO NAL
       ENGINEER S LIC ENSE

FR EE2-Da y Program to obta in sta te ce rtifica tion from the
Florida Depa rtment of Environmenta l
Prote ction's Storm wa te r, Erosion & Se dimenta tion Control
Inspe ctor Tra ining Program.

Course manuals will be provided. For your own study
pre fe rences, bring pens, highlighte rs and post it note s. A
proctored exam will be give n on Wednesda y - April 6, 2011.
C lass will be held in the Ex tension Se rvices Building a t
Osceola He ritage Pa rk 1921 Kissimmee Va lle y La ne,
Kissimmee FL 34744

Sign-in will be gin a t 8:00 A.M. C lass will begin a t 8:30 A.M.
and will end a t 5:00 P.M. Lunch will be on your own!! **
Spa ce is limited - PREREGISTRA TION IS REQUIRED. **

           Community workshops for building
               the future of West Pasco

The Pasco County Planning a nd Growth Management
Depa rtment is holding workshops for community input on the
future of the West Ma rke t Area , the coa stal and inland a reas
a long US 19 and Little Roa d corridors be tween Pine llas a nd
He rnando Counties. (See more details about the proje ct).
Please come, sha re your thoughts and he lp vision the
community you desire. Mee tings will be he ld on the following
da tes:

March 28th, 2011
Gulf Trace Elementary School
3303 Gulf Tra ce Blvd.
Holida y, FL 34691
5:00 - 7:00 pm

A pril 5th, 2011
Richey Elementary School,
6807 Ma dison Stree t,
Ne w Port R iche y, FL 34652
6:00 - 8:00pm

A pril 19th, 2011
Gulf Highlands Elementary School,
8019 Gulf Highla nds Drive ,
Port R iche y, FL 34668
6:00 - 8:00pm

A pril 25th, 2011
Hudson High School,
14410 Cobra Wa y,
Hudson, FL 34669
5:00 - 7:00pm

                   Can the Gift Economy
             Inspire a Sustainable Tampa Bay?

Want to have clean air, wa te r and soil... and don't know
whe re to sta rt?"globa l nomad" Susan Da vis te lls stories of
how othe rs a re going green, cultiva ting a loca l e conom y, as
she and he r husba nd Wa lte r tra vel to cities and towns, like
Johnnie Appleseed

                   Frida y, April 8, 2011
                     7:15 PM -9:15 PM
                   Ne twork ing 6:45 PM
       DSTU Auditorium 111, HCC Da le Mabry Campus
         4001 W Tampa Ba y Blvd, Tampa FL 33614
          campus-informa tion/campus-map.a spx

   •   How is Ashland, O regon crea ting a 'whole systems'
       approa ch to manifest organics, rene wables, green
       housing, healing a rts, integra l medicine , socia lly-
       responsible business a nd tra ns-pa rtisan politics?

   •   How did little Fa irfield, Iowa jump into the lead in
       gree ning a town?

   •   How is Vilca bamba, Ecuador crea ting a highe r
       consciousness fie ld from which to go green using the
       philanthropy innova tion, Flow Funding
       (flowfunding.org/)?

Who should come? Like the hea lthy living movement of
twe nty yea rs ago, susta inability is a game e ve ryone ge ts to
join...he lping host a be tte r pa rty!

Wha t can you lea rn? Lea rn how towns a re se lf-organizing
innova tion ne tworks a t no cost to 'go green'
Who is Susan Da vis Moora ? Preside nt of Capita l Missions
Corpora tion, Susan has crea ted 20 susta ina bility innova tion
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industry, de ve loping world m icro-ente rprise and a wa y
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              Hosted by The Conne ction Pa rtne rs

  20th A nniversary Tri-County Give a Day for the Bay

We 're ha ving a supe r "Give a Da y Blitz" on Sa turda y, April 16,
and you're invite d! Voluntee rs a re nee ded a t three loca tions -
- one in ea ch of our countie s -- to help in restoration proje cts.

LOC ATIO NS

   •   Hillsborough County: Cock roa ch Ba y/Lost R ive r
       Prese rve
   •   Pine llas County: Fort De Soto Pa rk
   •   Ma na tee County: Eme rson Point Na ture Prese rve

WHEN: Sa turda y April 16, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
EDT

Sign up for one of the se loca tions:

Hillsborough County: We'll be doing sa lt ma rsh a nd upland
plantings a t two south county sites sta rting a t 8:30 a.m .
 along Cock roa ch Ba y Roa d and the n moving to the Lost R ive r
Prese rve on Gulf C ity Road. Transpor- ta tion will be provided
be twee n sites. Afte r the planting, ce lebra te the forma l
dedica tion of the ne w 70-a cre Lost R ive r Prese rve along with
nume rous officials and public dignita ries. A picnic lunch will
follow; a ge limit 10 and up.

Pine llas County: Fort De Soto Pa rk is whe re we 'll be
ga the ring at 9:30 a .m. to plant bea ch dune sunflowe rs a nd
sea oa ts nea r the historic fort. Enjoy a picnic lunch a t the
bea ch a fte rwa rds; open to all ages. Plants ha ve gene rously
been provide d by Friends of Fort De Soto Pa rk .

Ma na tee County: Eme rson Point Prese rve is whe re we'll ba ttle
exotic inva sives sta rting a t 8:30 a.m . You'll be colle cting
seeds, removing vine s from na tive plants, a nd digging up
plant roots.We'll a lso be planting na tive pla nts as we ll as a
va rie ty of trees in the coasta l uplands and a long the shore line
of the Ma na tee R ive r. Afte rwa rds, we'll e njoy a re lax ing picnic
on the rive r, ce lebra ting the da y's ha rd work . Age limit 6 and
up.

All voluntee rs will re ce ive lunch and a Tampa Ba y Estua ry
Program 20th Annive rsa ry commemora tive poste r! C hildren
must be a ccompanied by a n adult. Plea se registe r by clicking
on the link be low.

                            Registe r Now!



   Upcoming UF Numeric Nutrient Criteria Workshop

A joint presenta tion from UF Soil a nd Wate r Science,
Agricultura l and Biologica l Enginee ring, Food a nd Re source
Economics, and the Gulf Coast Re sea rch and Educa tion Cente r

Whe n: April 8, 2011 - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Who: Local Gove rnment Staff in the South Ce ntra l
Ex tension      District
Whe re : Mana tee County Ex tension Office, 1303 17th Stree t
W , Pa lmetto, FL 34221

Program Fee: $10.00 due by the 5:00 p.m . April 5, 2011
deadline , pa yable by credit ca rd.

Register at: epanumericcrite riaapril82011.e ventbrite .com .

Registration questions contact C indy Moze leski a t
 cindy.mozele ski@m ymana tee.org or by te lephone (941)722-
4524 ex t 222.

Situation
On Nov 15, 2010, EPA established "nume ric nutrient crite ria "
(NNC ) to prote ct the designa ted uses of Florida 's freshwa te r
lakes, rive rs, and streams. The rule imposes limits on tota l N
and P conce ntra tions to prote ct wa te r qua lity, but provides no
guidance on how the rule will be implemented. Agricultura l
ente rprises can re ce ive a presumption of compliance with
wa te r qua lity sta nda rds if the y enroll in the Florida Dept. of
Agriculture a nd C onsume r Se rvice "Best Management
Pra ctice " program, but the outlook for urban landscapes,
storm wa te r management, a nd waste wa te r disposa l is not as
clea r.

Program (tentative)
9:00 A M - 10:15 A M   10-minute presentations from
panelists
           •   Dr. Thomas Obreza - Soil & Wa te r Scie nce
          Nutrient Mana gement Ex tension Spe cia list
          •     Dr. Ma rk C la rk - Soil & Wate r Science
          Ex tension Spe cia list in We tlands and Aqua tic
          Systems
          •     Dr. C hris Ma rtinez - Agric & Biologica l
          Enginee ring Urban Wate r Resource Ex tension
          Spe cia list
          •     Dr. Ta tiana Borisova - Food a nd Resource
          Economics Wa te r Resource Ex tension Spe cia list
          •     Dr. Am y Shobe r - Soil a nd Nutrie nt
          Ma nagement Ex tension Spe cialist
          •     Dr. Gurpa l Toor - Urban Wa te rshe d
          Ma nagement Ex tension Spe cialist
10:15 A M - 10:30A M                     Bre ak
10:30 A M - 12:00 Noon                  Fa cilita ted Q & A with
pa nel membe rs
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM                     Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM                        Fina l Q & A and wra p-up

A Sample of Possible Discussion Questions
         •    Wha t a re the de ta ils of the ne w standa rds,
         and why we re the y imposed?
         •     How will the crite ria be implemented for
         va rious point and non-point nutrient source s?
         •    Why a re va rious cost e stima tes for
         im plementa tion so diffe rent?
         •     How will ex isting TMDLs be a ffe cte d?
         •    Wha t is meant by "site-spe cific alte rna tive
         crite ria " (SSAC ), who would de ve lop them, wha t is
         the proce ss, and how would they be approve d?
         •    Can the designa te d use of a wa te r body be
         changed? How would this be done?
         •    Wha t does an NPDES MS4 pe rm ittee need to
         know? How will the y be a ffe cted?
         •    W ill the wa y counties a nd m unicipa lities
         manage storm wa te r ha ve to change ? How?
         •    W ill waste wa te r trea tment pla nts ha ve to
         im pose a dditional measure s to trea t e fflue nt?
         •    W ill NNC a ffe ct the use of re cla imed wa te r?
         •    W ill NNC a ffe ct the wa y we dispose of
         wa ste wa te r re sidua ls (biosolids)?

                  Fun with Frogs in Florida:
                 A Save the Frogs Day Event

Childre n and adults a re invited to spe nd a fun, ca sua l e vening
in a bea utiful Florida se tting lea rning about frogs and the ir
im portance to Florida and the rest of the world. This Sa ve the
Frogs Da y e vent is Frida y, April 29 from 5-8 pm a t Camp
Ba you and include s frog a ctivities, a prese nta tion a nd night
hike . Sna cks and be ve rages will be a vailable for purchase .

Pre -registra tion is a ppre cia ted a t Wande ringWhimsy.com. A
suggested dona tion of $5 pe r pe rson will equa lly benefit
Camp Ba you and Sa ve the Frogs, Ame rica's first a nd only
public cha rity dedica ted ex clusive ly to amphibian
conse rva tion.

Conta ct Sa vingFrogsFL@ve rizon.ne t or (813) 469-0472 with
questions. Visit CampBa you.org for dire ctions.

Camp Ba you is ne ithe r a campground nor a summer camp. It
wa s an R V pa rk be fore the County's ELAP program purchase d
the la nd but it is now open for da y use only, open to the
ge ne ral public. Through voluntee rs, dona tions, membe rship
and grants, the RC DF offe rs pre -scheduled programs to
schools, youth groups, adult groups a nd families plus it's
ope n from Thursda y- Saturda y from 9am-2pm for passive
re crea tional pursuits such a s wildlife wa tching, nature
photography and tra il wa lks. Ge ne ra l adm ission is still FR EE.

The Camp Ba you Outdoor Lea rning Ce nte r is a public- priva te
pa rtne rship be twee n the non-profit R usk in Community
De velopment Founda tion, Inc. (RC DF) and Hillsborough
County Pa rk s, Re crea tion and Conse rva tion. Camp Ba you is
loca ted 3 miles south of SR674 a t the end of 24th St SE in
Rusk in. More information is on the we b a t campba you.org or
ca ll 813-641-8545.

   Hillsborough County Spring 2011 Master Gardener
                          Plant
            Clinics Calendar @ Your Library®

Lea rn from the ga rdening expe rts a s Ma ste r Ga rdene rs from
Hillsborough County Ex te nsion conduct pla nt clinics in public
libra ries throughout Hillsborough County. These plant clinics
a re free , open to the public, and registra tion is not ne cessa ry.
Ea ch pla nt clinic offe rs a presenta tion on a ga rdening topic,
and an opportunity to ha ve la wn, landscape or ga rden
questions answe re d by a Maste r Ga rdene r.

For more informa tion, conta ct Hillsborough County Ex tension
a t (813) 744-5519 x7 or visit hillsborough.ex tension.ufl.edu/
HomeGa rdening/Maste r-Ga rde ne rs and click on the Cale nda r
of Ga rde n Work shops link.

March
   • Ma rch 28 - Secrets & Shortcuts of Master Gardeners,
       6:30 p.m. a t the Seminole He ights Branch Libra ry,
       4711 Centra l Ave . in Tampa
A pril
  •   April 5 - Florida Native Plants, 6:30 p.m. a t the Austin
      Da vis Public Libra ry, 17808 Wa yne Road in Ode ssa
  •   April 6 - Captured Audience Horticulture, 6:30 p.m . a t
      the Bloom ingdale Regiona l Public Libra ry, 1906
      Bloomingda le Ave . in Valrico
  •   April 11 - Salvias, 6:30 p.m . Lutz Branch Libra ry, 101
      Lutz Lake Fe rn Roa d in Lutz
  •   April 11 - Ornamental and Culinary Herbs, 7 p.m . a t
      the Bruton Memoria l Libra ry, 302 W McLendon St. in
      Plant City
  •   April 12 - Shade Gardens, 10:30 a .m. a t the Ne w
      Tampa Regiona l Libra ry, 1001 C ross C reek Blvd. in
      Tampa
  •   April 12 - Begonias, 6:30 p.m . a t the Se ffne r-Mango
      Branch Libra ry, 410 N. Kingswa y Road in Se ffne r
  •   April 12 - Backyard Wildlife Habitat, 7 p.m. a t the
      Jimmie B. Kee l Regiona l Libra ry, 2902 West Bea rss
      Ave. in Tampa
  •   April 13 - Good Bugs & Bad Bugs, 10:30 a .m. at the
      Jan Kam inis Pla tt Regiona l Libra ry, 3910 S. Manhatta n
      Ave. in Tampa
  •   April 13 - Rain Barrels, 7 p.m . a t the Uppe r Tampa Ba y
      Regiona l Public Libra ry, 11211 Countrywa y Blvd. in
      Tampa
  •   April 14 - Drought-Resistant Plants for Your
      Landscape, 6:30 p.m. a t the Town 'N Country Libra ry,
      7606 Paula Drive , Ste . 120 in Tampa
  •   April 19 - Container Gardening, 10:30 a .m. a t the
      Cha rles J. Fe ndig Public Libra ry, 3909 Neptune St. in
      Tampa
  •   April 19 - Propagation, 6:30 p.m. a t the Temple
      Te rra ce Public Libra ry, 202 Bulla rd Pa rk wa y in Temple
      Te rra ce
  •   April 19 - Butterfly Gardening, 6:30 p.m. a t the
      R ive rvie w Bra nch Libra ry, 10509 R ive rvie w Drive in
      R ive rvie w
  •   April 25 - High Color, Low Maintenance Plants, 6:30
      p.m. a t the Seminole He ights Bra nch Libra ry, 4711
      Centra l Ave . in Tampa
  •   April 26 - The Truth about Turf, 6:30 p.m. at the North
      Tampa Branch Libra ry, 8916 North Boule va rd in
      Tampa
May
  •   Ma y 3 - Fun with Roses, 6:30 p.m. a t the Austin Da vis
      Public Libra ry, 17808 Wa yne Road in Ode ssa
  •   Ma y 4 - Ornamental & Culinary Herbs, 6:30 p.m . a t
      the Bloom ingdale Regiona l Public Libra ry, 1906
      Bloomingda le Ave . in Valrico
  •   Ma y 9 - Top 40 Favorite Plants, 6:30 p.m. a t the Lutz
      Branch Libra ry, 101 Lutz Lake Fe rn Road in Lutz
  •   Ma y 9 - Succulents and Cacti 101, 7 p.m. a t the
       Bruton Memorial Libra ry, 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant
       C ity
   •   Ma y 10 - Roses, 10:30 a .m. a t the Ne w Tampa Branch
       Libra ry, 1001 C ross C reek Blvd. in Tampa
   •   Ma y 10 - Succulents and Cacti 101, 6:30 p.m . a t the
       Seffne r-Ma ngo Branch Libra ry, 410 N. Kingswa y Roa d
       in Se ffne r
   •   Ma y 10 - The Lazy Gardener, 7 p.m. a t the Jimm ie B.
       Kee l Regiona l Libra ry, 2902 West Bea rss Ave . in
       Tampa
   •   Ma y 11 - Begonias, 10:30 a .m. a t the Ja n Kam inis
       Pla tt Regiona l Libra ry, 3910 S. Ma nha ttan Ave . in
       Tampa
   •   Ma y 11 - 25 Palms Your Neighbors Don't Have, 7 p.m .
       a t the Uppe r Tampa Ba y Regiona l Libra ry, 11211
       Countrywa y Blvd. in Tampa
   •   Ma y 12 - Roses, 6:30 p.m. a t the Town 'N Country
       Regiona l Libra ry, 7606 Paula Drive , Ste. 120 in Tampa
   •   Ma y 17 - Fun with Orchids, 10:30 a .m. a t the Cha rle s
       J. Fe ndig Public Libra ry, 3909 Neptune St. in Tampa
   •   Ma y 17 - 25 Palms Your Neighbors Don't Have, 6:30
       p.m. a t the Temple Te rra ce Public Libra ry, 202 Bulla rd
       Pa rk wa y in Temple Te rra ce
   •   Ma y 17 - Secrets & Shortcuts of Master Gardeners,
       6:30 p.m. a t the R ive rvie w Bra nch Libra ry, 10509
       R ive rvie w Drive in R ive rvie w
   •   Ma y 23 - Good Bugs & Bad Bugs, 6:30 p.m. a t the
       Seminole He ights Regional Libra ry, 4711 Centra l Ave.
       in Tampa
   •   Ma y 24 - Perennials, 6:30 p.m. in the North Tampa
       Branch Libra ry, 8916 North Boule va rd in Tampa

 Pasco County Extension FREE Seminars for A pril 2011

4/2/11 (Saturday)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Florida WildflowersSeminar
Ma ny bea utiful wildflowe rs gra ce Pasco landscapes. Discove r
wha t's growing in your "ba ck ya rd" and which one s to cultiva te
for seasona l beauty.

Pasco Coope ra tive Ex tension
Pasco County Fa irgrounds - C la yton Auditorium - Dade C ity
FR EE Semina r

4/5/11 (Tuesday)
6:30 - 7:40 pm
Florida-Friendly Landscapes: How Do Homeowners
A ssociations Fit In?
Wonde ring how homeowne rs associa tions dire ct your
landscape pla ns? Come discove r wha t the rules a re if you live
in a community associa tion.

Hudson Libra ry
8012 Libra ry Roa d, Hudson, Florida

4/5/11 (Tuesday)
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Green Industries - Best Management Practices Training
and Testing

This program is designe d to give la wn and landscape
professionals continuing educa tion hours for ce rtifica tions
while lea rning more about wa ys to increase the beauty of
landscapes and conse rving wa te r a nd othe r resources through
more environmenta lly friendly landscape mainte nance
pra ctices. The re is a $25 registra tion fee tha t includes a ll
ma te rials, testing, C EU's a nd lunch. The re will be breaks
throughout the program which a re a lso included. To registe r
or if you a re a county employee, ca ll 352-521-0231 for more
informa tion a nd registra tion.

Municiple employees a re not cha rged/free.

Pasco Coope ra tive Ex tension
36702 Sta te R oad 52 - Da de C ity

4/9/11 (Saturday)
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Irrigation/Micro Irrigation Seminar
Irriga tion ma y not be supe r ex citing, but if plants don't
re ce ive prope r irriga tion, the y ma y not be supe r healthy
e ithe r. Lea rn how to ca libra te your irriga tion system , lea rn
whe n to cha nge the freque ncy of irriga tion a nd trouble-shoot
problems.
FR EE sem ina r.

Land O Lakes Community Ce nte r
5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (US Highwa y 41)
Land O' Lakes

4/16/11 (Saturday)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Presentation - Growing Fruit Trees
Join a n expe rienced Ex tension Maste r Ga rde ne r who will
discuss se le cting the right fruit trees for Pasco County and
how to ca re for them . Question and answe r pe riod will follow
the 30-minute presenta tion.

Extension hosts a free gardening program every third
Saturday of the month through May at:
Home Depot
10017 US Hwy 19 - Port Richey

4/27/11 (Wednesday)
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Green Industries - Best Management Practices Training
and Testing

This program is designe d to give la wn and landscape
professionals continuing educa tion hours for ce rtifica tions
while lea rning more about wa ys to increase the beauty of
landscapes and conse rving wa te r a nd othe r resources through
more environmenta lly friendly landscape mainte nance
pra ctices. The re is a $25 registra tion fee tha t includes a ll
ma te rials, testing, C EU's a nd lunch. The re will be breaks
throughout the program which a re a lso included. To registe r
or if you a re a county employee, ca ll 352-521-0231 for more
informa tion a nd registra tion.

Pasco Coope ra tive Ex tension
36702 Sta te R oad 52 - Da de C ity

NO TE: Ex tension programs ca n provide rea sonable
a ccommoda tion with advance notice . Pre-registra tion is not
required of most of our programs, but conta ct Ex tension to be
ce rta in and to assist us with planning. Te lephone: 352-518-
0156

Ex tension programs a re open to a ll pe rsons rega rdless of age ,
ra ce , color, sex , disability, re ligion, or na tional origin. Pasco
Coope ra tive Ex tension is a joint effort be tween the USDA, the
Unive rsity of Florida, and the Boa rd of County Commissione rs.



      "Guardians of the Bay" Student Video Contest

First place: $250

The Tampa Ba y Estua ry Program announces a call for student
entra nts for the "Gua rdians of the Ba y" Video Public Se rvice
Announcement Contest. This contest is one of nume rous
public outrea ch a ctivities ma rking the 20th annive rsa ry of the
Tampa Bay Estua ry Program in 2011.

Who May Enter

Stude nts who a tte nd a ny high school (gra des 9-12) in
Hillsborough, Pinellas or Ma natee counties. Home schooled
students also a re e ligible . Entries must be submitted by an
individua l or team of no more tha n three and a ll e ntrie s must
be entire ly the work of the stude nt(s).
The entry should be a 2-m inute Public Se rvice Announcement
("PSA") video showing Tampa Ba y a s a living e cosystem .
Topic examples ma y fea ture the hea lth of the ba y, na ture and
wildlife , fish a nd othe r ma rine anima ls, sporting and
re crea tion opportunities, a nd voluntee r restora tion proje cts.
Entries should ra ise a wa reness about the importance of a
hea lthy ba y.

Employees of the Tampa Ba y Estua ry Program, and their
family membe rs, ma y not pa rticipa te in the contest.

Employees of orga niza tions tha t contribute ope ra tiona l funds
to the Tampa Ba y Estua ry Program (Hillsborough, Ma na tee
and Pine llas counties; the city gove rnments of Tampa , St.
Pe te rsburg and C lea rwa te r; the Florida Depa rtme nt of
Environmenta l Prote ction; the Southwest Florida Wa te r
Ma nagement District; Tampa Ba y Wa te r; a nd the U.S.
Environmenta l Prote ction Age ncy) a re not e ligible to re ce ive a
cash prize in conjunction with this conte st.

Entry Submission

Your e ntry must be postma rked by m idnight, Frida y, April 1,
2011, and must include:

     Your video PSA subm itted in .wa v, .a vi, .mp4, or .wm v
form on a thumb drive or DVD. Your entry will not be
re turned to you, so sa ve a copy for yourse lf.

   Comple te d Stude nt Registra tion entry form
   » CLIC K HER E FOR THE ENTRY FOR M (MS Word forma t)

     A signed Appea rance Conse nt and Re lease Form for the
entra nt a nd ea ch pe rson appea ring in the video, and his/he r
pa re nt or gua rdian if she /he is a m inor (unde r the age of 18).
     » CLIC K HER E FOR THE APPEAR ANC E R ELEASE FORM

(Note : Although a group of stude nts ma y pa rticipa te in the
crea tion of the PSA, only one Student should be the
Registra nt. La te entries will not be a ccepted.

Subm ission Addre ss:
All comple ted e ntries should be ma iled or de live red to:
Gua rdia ns of the Ba y Video Contest

Tampa Bay Estua ry Program
100 8th Ave . S.E.
St. Pe te rsburg, FL 33701

For more informa tion, conta ct Nane tte O 'Ha ra a t
                      Na ne tte @tbep.org or ca ll (727) 893-2765.




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