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Registration now open for 2018 Water School and Boat Tour

MANATEE COUNTY – Did you know Manatee County sends 39.6 million gallons of water each day to nearly 350,000 residential customers in the area? Or that Lake Manatee covers almost 1,800 acres and holds 5.9 billion gallons of water?

Manatee County residents are invited to attend the 2018 water school to learn all about the county's most precious natural resource. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Manatee County Water School will host water school July 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July 27 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"Water school features a variety of dynamic speakers and a bus tour visiting a local water-wise community and farming operations," said Crystal Snodgrass, director of the University's Extension Office in Manatee County. "For the first time this year, the tour includes a pontoon boat tour of the Manatee River."

Participants will learn about water supply, quality and water conservation in both urban and rural areas around Manatee County. Other topics include development with water in mind, working waterfronts and seafood, agricultural best management practices and more.

Hosted by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Manatee County and sponsored by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, this program is a good way to get more involved in your community, meet the experts, and ask questions.

Registration is $60 per person and includes includes two lunches and snacks, the bus trip, boat tour and educational materials. Participants can register online at the link below.

For more information, call Crystal Snodgrass at (941) 722-4524 ext. 1812.

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