Sarasota County to host Water Quality Summit on June 5

Event to be held at Riverview High auditorium

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Sarasota County will host a free, public Water Quality Summit from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, the county has announced.

The event, which will be held in the Riverview High School auditorium, is an effort to bring members of the community together with organizations “working to protect area watersheds” and enable the public to learn “about science and actions occurring locally,” a news release explains.

Riverview High is located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

The summit’s goal is to enhance the public’s understanding of local and state efforts to address water quality issues, the release continues. The summit will focus “on the science of water quality and current local and state government programs and policies,” the release adds. It also will address ways members of the community can make a difference, with suggestions for individuals, business and neighborhoods, the release notes.

The summit was proposed by County Commissioner Christian Ziegler during a board meeting earlier this year.

“Water quality is a priority issue both locally and across the state,” said Lee-Hayes Byron, director of Sarasota County’s University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension and Sustainability Program. “We look forward to this opportunity for discussion with our residents and business who care so deeply about our local waters,” she added in the release.

Seating is limited and registration is required, the release points out. For additional details about the event and to register, visit or call the county Contact Center at 861-5000.