TAVARES — The Lake County departments of Growth Management and Conservation & Compliance are hosting a Low-Impact and Water-Resource Protection Workshop on Friday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.
The free workshop is designed for governmental staff, elected officials and professionals of the building, design and engineering industries to learn more about how low-impact development practices can benefit water resources in Lake County. Topics of the workshop include water conservation, open-space preservation, native-tree canopies, rain gardens, green roofs, permeable paved surfaces, resource efficient landscaping and irrigation and stormwater-management strategies.
The workshop highlights a variety of accomplished speakers, including:
• Glenn Acomb, Site Design Specialist with the University of Florida (UF)
• Gene Boles, Director of the Center for Building Better Communities with UF
• Mark Clark, Wetlands & Water Quality Specialist with UF
• Cammie Dewey, Assistant Director of the Division of Surface Water Management with the St. Johns River Water Management District
• Stephen Hofstetter, Senior Environmental Planner with the Alachua County Environmental Protection
• Pierce Jones, Director of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities with UF
• Brent Philpot, Florida Water StarSM Specialist with the St. Johns River Water Management District
The workshop is sponsored by the St. Johns River Water Management District and Florida Department of Environmental Protection and is provided by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services.
Registrations are due by Friday, Sept. 12. To register or for more information about the workshop, call Jennifer Cotch, Environmental Specialist with the Department of Growth Management, Planning & Community Design Division, at (352) 343-9739 ext. 5419 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.