Florida Friendly Future: Improving Water Quality Together - DEP Monthly Workshop

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Florida Friendly Future:

Improving Water Quality Together  



March 4, 2020

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Registration starts at 1:00 pm


SWFL Community Foundation and Collaboratory
2031 Jackson St
Fort Myers, FL 33901

Who should attend:

City and county water quality, natural resources and planning department staff, County Commissioners, builders and developers, HOA's members, landscape designers and architects, golf course employees, environmental consultants, and anyone working in the areas of water quality, urban development or environmental issues.

The general public is always welcome to attend.


DEP's Monthly Meet-Ups are FREE meetings

Upcoming Topics

APRIL 1, 2020
Contaminated Site Cleanup
Location: SWFL Community Foundation
Fort Myers, FL 33901

MAY 6,  2020
Hurricane Preparedness
Managing Storm Hazardous Waste and Disaster Debris
Location: SWFL Community Foundation
Fort Myers, FL 33901


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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in partnership with UF/IFAS and the Greenscape Alliance, invite you to a discussion on reducing nonpoint source pollution.

With Florida's population growing rapidly, how we manage our landscapes are vitally important. 
Join us to learn how we can protect Florida's waters!   





  • Nonpoint Source Funding Opportunities for Low Impact Development Projects

    Emily Brown, FDEP
    Socioeconomic benefits of Low Impact Development/Green Infrastructure projects and funding opportunities for local governments to implement these projects with the DEP.

  • Green Industries Best Management Program (GI-BMP)

    Cesar Peralta, UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping Program 
    Education to reduce non-point source pollution in our waters. More than 64,000 people have received GI-BMP training since 2006.

  • Greenscape Alliance: The Story to Tell

    Marissa Figueroa, Rookery Bay National  Estuarine  Research Reserve (NERR)
    Learn about the local collaborative group known as the Greenscape Alliance. Discover how the group formed and the actions they have taken to promote sustainable practices in Southwest Florida.


Meet the Presenters:

Emily Brown, FDEP Division of Water Restoration Assistance
            Emily is the Education Coordinator for the Nonpoint Source Management program. She is responsible for managing nonpoint source education projects and grants, including the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program.

Cesar Peralta, UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping Program
            UF/IFAS Regional Green Industries Best Management Practices Coordinator. 9 + years of experience teaching this Training. Originally from Venezuela, graduated as an Agricultural Engineer in 1983 at UF. Worked over 20 years in the Agricultural Business in rural Venezuela and 8 years as a Landscape/ Fertilizer/ Pesticide and Irrigation Manager in Florida.

Marissa Figueroa, Coastal Training Program Specialist at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 
              Marissa has a B.S. in Marine Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. Marissa has been a part of the Training Program team for over two years where she helps to assist and coordinate science-based trainings for local decision-makers, from landscape professionals to policy-makers who manage our coastal resources. 

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About DEP's Monthly Meet-Ups 

Monthly Meet-Ups are FREE and held the first Wednesday of each month.
Time and location are usually the same.  

These meetings allow the Department to improve its communications with the regulated community. Through this program, attendees can learn, update and share information. Guest speakers provide opportunities to discuss current issues affecting Florida.

The Department's mission is to protect, conserve and manage the state's natural resources and enforce its environmental laws. Attend a meeting to learn how we can protect Florida together!

For more information, please contact: Martha.Avila@FloridaDEP.gov, Terry.Cerullo@FloridaDEP.gov or call 239-344-5600