The seminar is sponsored by the Brevard Water Resources Conservation Team, which is composed of representatives from the cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay and Brevard County. According to Maureen Phillips, Titusville Water Resources Community Programs Coordinator, “Over half of all residential water use is outside the home. By offering the seminar and educating people on Florida Friendly techniques, we can make a significant impact upon the amount of water used for irrigation.” Ms. Phillips added that the seminar would not only benefit newcomers to the area, but also long-time residents. “At the seminar, homeowners can learn about reducing the maintenance and high water consumption of their yards through reducing turf areas, incorporating native plants, and watering efficiently.”
Guest speakers Loren Rapport with Brevard County, Sharon Dolan with Maple Street Natives, and Sally Scalera with UF Brevard County Extension Service will present topics that include basic Florida Friendly landscaping tips for homeowners, using native and waterwise plants in the home landscape, and integrated pest management. The seminar is free and a continental breakfast will be provided along with water conservation materials and landscape information.
Included in the program will be exhibits by Keep Brevard Beautiful, Inc., the Sea Rocket Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Brevard County Recycling, City of Titusville Solid Waste & Recycling Divisions, Cocoa-Rockledge Garden Club, City of Cocoa Utilities Water Conservation, Brevard County Stormwater, City of Titusville Water Resources Conservation Program and Stormwater Utility, City of Melbourne Environmental Community Outreach, City of Palm Bay Utilities Department and Brevard County Natural Resources.
Due to limited seating, registration is mandatory. To register, please call or email the Conservation Office for your water provider:
City of Titusville and Brevard County (321) 383-5669 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Cocoa (321) 639-7602 or email@example.com
City of Melbourne (321) 953-6302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Palm Bay (321) 733-3064 or email@example.com