Registration open for Sarasota County’s Water Quality Virtual Update on Monday, Oct. 18

Representatives of numerous departments, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and Gulf Coast Community Foundation to participate

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On Oct. 18, Sarasota County will host a virtual water quality update, staff has announced.

The program “will highlight the county’s ongoing commitment to water quality education, outreach initiatives and improvement projects,” a news release says.

“Sarasota County staff, along with Commissioner Christian Ziegler, will deliver updates and comments,” the release adds. The county departments taking part in the update will be Public Utilities; Public Works; Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources; Planning and Development Services; and the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (UF/IFAS) Extension and Sustainability.

In addition, representatives of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation “will share the latest quality science and the Community Playbook for Healthy Waterways,” the release continues. (See the related article in this issue, regarding the Estuary Program’s Oct. 5 workshop.)

An interactive session will address actions that individuals and neighborhoods can take to support water quality, the release notes.

The update is an extension of the Water Quality Summit held by Sarasota County in 2019, the release points out.

“Water quality is a priority issue both locally and across the state,” said Lee-Hayes Byron, director of Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability, in the release. “We look forward to this opportunity to update residents and businesses who care deeply about our local waters.”

The update will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday Oct. 18. To register for the event, go to this link. 

For additional information call the county Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit