Portion of Starkey Park Equestrian Trail temporarily closed

A portion of the Starkey Park Equestrian Trail is closed, while a project is done by Tampa Bay Water to improve water levels and ecological function at Bonnet Lake. Construction crews will install a 12-inch pipe to divert water from Grassy Prairie to Bonnet Lake. While that work is done, a portion of the trail will be closed to keep trail users safe. The trail will remain open to the north and … [Read more...]

Hurry, entries due soon for this year’s Water Wise awards

Does your yard have what it takes to be a winner of a Water Wise Award? The University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences Pasco County Office Extension and Tampa Bay Water would like to recognize attractive, yet water-efficient landscapes. Your yard could be a contender for a Water Wise Award if you already follow these simple steps: Put the right plant in the right … [Read more...]

Water-Wise awards open for nominations

Do you think your landscape is both eye-catching and water-efficient? If you do, you may want to enter the 2018 Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards. Winners will receive a custom-made mosaic landscape stepping stone, as well as recognition from local elected officials. And, of course, they’ll earn neighborhood bragging rights, too. Tampa Bay Water, in partnership with the University … [Read more...]

We’re on the lookout for water-wise landscapes

The Pasco County Extension Office and Tampa Bay Water are looking for attractive landscapes with irrigation systems or techniques that minimize water waste and represent the best in Florida-Friendly Landscaping. We would love to present your outdoor oasis for relaxation and a haven for wildlife as a powerful environmentally friendly example of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM. Florida-Friendly … [Read more...]

Festivities set to honor Earth Day

Finding ways to celebrate Mother Earth and to recycle, upcycle and preserve its precious resources are the themes of Earth Day celebrations planned around the region. One of the largest area events planned for Earth Day, known as Earth Day Tampa Bay, got its start as EcoFest at Learning Gate Community School in Lutz. Now, in its eighth year, the event has become Tampa’s signature Earth … [Read more...]

Reclaimed water gets go-ahead

Pasco County commissioners have approved a $13 million reclaimed water project, with a 25-year lease agreement. Construction costs for the project will be shared with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which is providing about $7 million, including an estimated $5 million for construction. The goals for the project are to provide the county with up to 5 million gallons of … [Read more...]

Garden club seeks moratorium on fracking

The Dade City Garden Club is pushing for a resolution that urges state lawmakers to enact a statewide ban on hydraulic fracking. Pasco County commissioners will vote on the matter, likely on Nov. 17, but the resolution to ban fracking also will include a request for a study commission to look at the pros and cons of the controversial practice. Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano is the … [Read more...]

Turn your yard trash into landscape treasure

Composting is a wonderful way to turn yard trash into a landscaping treasure. Composting doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as taking fallen leaves and using them in the landscape beds, instead of purchasing mulch. Over time, the leaves will decompose resulting in organic matter that is full of nutrients and beneficial in maintaining healthy plants. Compost offers many benefits … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay Water funding nonprofit conservation projects

Tampa Bay Water is offering $20,000 worth of mini-grants to help fund projects and events sponsored by local community groups, non-profit groups, schools and universities that help promote protection of the region’s drinking water sources. The deadline to apply for the grant is Oct. 31. To qualify, applicants need to provide a plan for a project or event that is related to source water … [Read more...]

Applicants sought for Community Water-Wise Awards

Tampa Bay Water is now accepting applications for the 2014 Community Water-Wise Awards program until June 30. The program is designed for those whose yards incorporate Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles with an attractive design. It’s open to residents, businesses, builders or other organizations in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg … [Read more...]