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Lake County to participate in Water Quality Day

RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2008

APOPKA — Several programs of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, including Adopt-a-Lake and Parks & Trails Division, will be participating in the First Annual Central Florida Water Quality Day to be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, located at 2725 S. Binion Road in Apopka.

State Rep. Bryan Nelson, Friends of the Wekiva River and St. Johns River Water Management District are sponsoring the program. Scheduled activities include an 8 a.m. bird walk, a guided tour of the Lake Apopka restoration efforts and a variety of speakers throughout the day beginning at 10 a.m.

A host of vendors and associations will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. for attendees to learn about water-quality and conservation issues. Free water sampling will be available from A & L Southern Agricultural Laboratories for residents to test their lakes or streams for phosphates, nitrates and total dissolved solids.

The Adopt-a-Lake Program will be joining other governmental agencies, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, to feature innovative water quality ideas and technology. The event's corporate sponsor, SeaWorld, will provide children with some fun activities on water quality issues and boating and fishing safety.

For more information about the First Annual Central Florida Water Quality Day, contact Rep. Nelson's office at 407-880-4414. For more information about Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program, call Cathie McGwier at (352) 253-1659 or e-mail cmcgwier@lakecountyfl.gov.

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