NatureScaping - April 16, 2011
NatureScaping was held at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park on April 16, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event was free and featured environmental speakers, Florida native plant vendors, and other exhibitors promoting environmental awareness. The Stormwater And Me program had our public education booth set up and staffed for the event. 109 tote bags, 34 notepads, 33 pens, and 150 water bottles, all bearing stormwater cleanup messages, were distributed. We also conducted our first 26 stormwater education surveys.
Debris can be harmful to wildlife
Nutrients (from leaves, grass, fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides) can lead to fish kills and excessive amounts of algae in the water
Bacteria (from pet waste and dead animals) can produce health concerns
Sediment can reduce the system's ability to handle potential flooding and adversely affect aquatic organizms
Chemicals, oils, and paints can be toxic to plants and animals