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How can we justify asking someone else to stop polluting the Caloosahatchee River, when we continue to bathe our lawns in toxic, nutrient-rich lawn care products and then overwater them? This carries byproducts into the street, storm drains and right into the River, Bay and Gulf.

All of us can help our whole ecosystem just by starting in our own front and back yards with responsible yard care practices. Being an environmental steward starts there.

Please access the following links to sites where you will find useful tips on what you can do in your own yard to reduce the pollution in our waters.

http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/
xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/spl50ways.pdf

Tips from SFWMD on how you can help save Florida's limited water supply.

www.FertilizeSmart.com
Complete details of Lee County Fertilizer Ordinance No. 08-08 that took full effect in June 2009 to limit the use of fertilizer and ensure the quality of coastal waters. The site provides an overview of the ordinance, fertilizer tips, and more.

www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/yards
Transform your yard into a beautiful oasis; save water, time and energy; and reduce pollution.

lee.ifas.ufl.edu/FYN/FYNHome.shtml
Information from the University of Florida IFAS Extension Lee County on creating a Florida-friendly yard and a certification program that can help you transform your yard into a beautiful oasis that will not only conserve precious water resources and reduce pollution, but also will help you save time, energy and money.

my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20-%20release%203%20water%20conservation/year%20round%20irrigation%20rule
Mandatory year round landscape irrigation measures for Lee County.

www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/default.asp
A program of the Institute of Regional Conservation in which you can discover how to turn simple gardening into habitat restoration by using plants that are native to your specific area.

www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/
xrepository/sfwmd_repository_pdf/splsenssprnk.pdf
Tips from SFWMD on irrigation and sprinkling.

my.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/common
/reduce/pdfs/pbcwud_flyer_a030507_01.pdf

Information and links from the South Florida Water Management District water conservation program called "Water Wisely: Conservation Starts in Your Backyard."

Speak Out

Contact your state legislators, federal legislators, and Florida's Governor to thank them for the work they've done to date and to encourage them to continue their support of water initiatives that improve water quality in Lee County.

Speak Out

Get Involved

Let your voice be heard! There are several options for helping out. Learn more about them here.

Get Involved

Related Links

Natives for Your Neighborhood:
http://www.regionalconservation.org/ beta/nfyn/default.asp

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
http://myfwc.com/

More Links

Glossary

Local Sponsor:
The entity that is partnering with the Federal Government to complete a specific project or program; in the case of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the local sponsor for the majority of the program is the South Florida Water Management District.

Stormwater Treatment Area [STA]:
A human-constructed wetland area to treat urban and agricultural runoff water before it is discharged to natural areas; commonly developed after the Federal and State Clean Waters Acts, 1970-72.

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