Alachua County gets grants to help their environment. Read the article in the Gainesville Sun, June 9, 2016, to see how they did it. Not all counties in our state have separate divisions dedicated to our environment, but a few do, and Alachua’s is very active and progressive.
New grants support water-saving efforts
Published: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 4:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 4:37 p.m.
The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department has three grants to help support local springs protection and water conservation efforts.
A $9,000 grant from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Protect Florida Springs tag grant program will be used to buy media time for a water conservation television commercial as well as Facebook marketing to encourage low water and fertilizer use in landscapes.
Grants from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Suwannee and St. Johns River Water Management Districts will go toward two rebate programs. The first program provides $105,000 for incentives for the State’s voluntary Florida Water Star certification program. Through that program, builders can receive a $700 rebate for new residential and commercial properties that get certified.
The second rebate program has a total of $300,000 for property owners who replace irrigated turf with Florida Friendly Landscaping. A 50-cent per-square-foot rebate will be offered to property owners who switch to non-irrigated Florida Friendly Landscaping, while a 35-cent per-square-foot rebate will be offered for switching to such landscaping with correctly installed micro-irrigation.
Rebates will be available for residential and commercial properties, with no single rebate to exceed $2,000.
The rebate programs are expected to be available in the fall of 2016. Information will be posted on the Alachua County Environmental Protection Water website as soon as the rebate programs are open.
For more information, contact Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Water Conservation Coordinator Stacie Greco at 352-264-6829 or Sgreco@alachuacounty.us.