Thousands of Residents Celebrate
“Climate. Community. Connected!”
at the 15th
Annual Broward Water Matters Day
weather greeted excited residents, over 50 exhibitors, and a handful of food
trucks at the “15th Annual Water Matters Day – Climate. Community.
Connected!” on Saturday, March 11, 2017. A
record 4,320 residents, volunteers, and 57 exhibitors participated in this
year’s Water Matters Day., the County’s premier environmental event, promoting water
conservation, environmental stewardship, and how to enhance water quality while
creating attractive landscapes that are beneficial for native wildlife.
with previous Water Matters Day celebrations, attendees were required to visit
at least twelve booths in order to “earn” native and drought tolerant plants which
are available as part of the event’s Native Tree and Plant Giveaway. The giveaway is a Water Matters Day highlight
and approximately 2,400 trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and tree seedlings were
distributed to residents by the end of the day.
held throughout the day provided attendees with hands-on lessons in native
plant selection and rain barrel construction and two lucky attendees actually
won rain barrels to take home. Other
raffle prizes included irrigation system upgrades provided by Hunter Industries
and Rain Bird. Kids enjoyed face
painting, many interactive activities, and posing with mascots including the
National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick, SFWMD’s Freddy the Gator, and the
Broward Water Partnership’s Sammy-Save-a-Lot.
15th Annual Water Matters Day event was hosted by the Broward County Board of
County Commissioners, South Florida Water Management District, the School Board
of Broward County, and the Broward Workshop.
Co-sponsors for this year’s event included the Cities of Fort
Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Hollywood; the Towns of Davie and
Southwest Ranches; the Central Broward Water Control District, the South
Broward Drainage District, the Old Plantation Water Control District; Broward
Family Life; and Clarke Environmental Services.
For More Information:
954-519-0328 or visit Broward.org/WaterMatters
Water Matters Day exhibits show how to save and protect water through landscape best management practices and through indoor conservation. They also help explain local water management, Everglades restoration, and how our canals connect the County’s urban and natural systems. Workshops with landscaping and gardening experts give attendees insight into how to make their yards less water dependent and more inviting to native wildlife. The workshops provide in-depth information and an important opportunity for learning in small groups where questions can be answered personally. One of the most popular sessions each year is on how to create a NatureScape. NatureScape Broward experts explain the importance of environmentally-friendly landscaping, with tips on plant selection and placement, proper fertilizer and pesticide use, and more.
The best part is that while Water Matters Day is about education, it’s also about fun. The event is packed with workshops, giveaways, children’s activities, and entertainment. For instance, while parents are learning about choosing the right plants for their yards, their children can have their face painted or participate in various activities such as planting flowers to take home. They can also enjoy local musical entertainment, or help their parents collect giveaways, which in the past have included rain gauges, automatic shut-off devices for irrigation systems, native trees and plants, and garden mulch.