Deirdre Irwin, program manager for the Florida Water Star program, will discuss the critical role of the water conservation initiative at Trout Lake Nature Center’s Friday Night Naturalist Program on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. Irwin is water conservation coordinator for St. Johns River Water Management District, which created the Water Star Program in 2006.
With increasing developmental pressure on our region, and current drought conditions demonstrating the importance of water conservation strategies in our construction practices and in our daily living, her insights will be applicable to current home owners as well as those who contemplate new construction.
Irwin will describe water conservation concepts that can be integrated into new and existing homes, and how Florida Water Star, in collaboration with the EnergyStar program, can significantly reduce the overall, long-term environmental impact of residential structures.
Although environmentalists represent the most frequently heard voices of concern about the impact of growth in Florida on its natural resources, there increasingly is broader awareness of the related stress on the region’s water supply. A single “master-planned community” in Florida can encompass thousands of houses, potentially affecting water supply and quality for the entire state.
Irwin will outline the progress of the Water Star initiative, and how the program’s principles translate to practical, environmentally sound decisions indoors and out, encompassing choices ranging from water-efficient fixtures and appliances to landscaping options, including irrigation systems, fertilizer management, plant selection and placement.
The program is free of charge; donations are welcome to help support the private, not-for-profit nature center. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352.357.7536.