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UF, Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Free Stormwater Solutions Workshops

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UF Research faculty are partnering with staff and Extension of Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties to hold three community workshops on flooding, water quality, and the benefits of green infrastructure around Pensacola Bay.

Workshops will occur on:

  • Tuesday, October 1 at the Tiger Point Community Center in Gulf Breeze,
  • Thursday, October 3 at the Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center in Pensacola
  • Thursday, October 10 at the UF/PSC Milton Campus (Building 4900)

Each workshop will run from 6:00 p.m. until 7:15 p.m

Green infrastructure features such as rain gardens, vegetative swales, permeable pavement, green roofs, and rain barrels have been utilized in other parts of Florida to reduce flooding and improve water quality, but they are less common in Panhandle communities.

University of Florida professors Matt Deitch (UF Milton) and Eban Bean (UF in Gainesville) will lead a discussion to explore urban runoff and water quality in our region, and to describe how green infrastructure has been used throughout Florida to benefit local communities.

After the educational sessions, workshop leaders will ask participants in attendance to provide input on places where flooding is common and where water quality is impaired. These will help choose areas where researchers will collect runoff and water quality data for the next two years and test the benefits of green infrastructure using watershed modeling. Results will be shared at future workshops and guide future projects to reduce flooding and improve water quality in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Registration is recommended but not necessary. The first 50 attendees at each meeting will receive an emergency rain poncho.

For questions or more information, contact Matt Deitch at (850) 983-7131 or mdeitch@ufl.edu.



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