Our extension programs focus on improving soil and water quality in urban communities. We focus on both providing an understanding of processes responsible for reducing water quality while also offering tools and strategies to mitigate water quality reductions.
More than 90% of Florida's population lives in urban areas, and this proportion has risen consistent for the past century. This rapidly expanding urban population causes substantial strain to urban soil and water resources. Our extension programs provide research-based information on sources and fates of various pollutants affecting soil and water quality.
Working with collaborators in the Program for Resource Efficient Communities and the Center for Land Use Efficiency, we're studying the effect of various best management practices and low-impact development strategies on soil and water quality. We provide training for county extension agents and practitioners working in residential and urban landscapes. We hope that our extension programs can both provide education for the general public, while also informing developers, land managers, and local municipalities on ways to improve urban soil and water quality.