Bilingual Trainers Promote Landscape Techniques for Better Water Quality

Southwestern Florida, hard-hit by polluted runoff, is experiencing a huge demand for training to improve water quality through “green” landscaping practices, particularly for Spanish-speaking landscaping professionals. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve met this demand by co-delivering the “Green Industries Best Management” training and helping to certify 17 professionals as Project Greenscape trainers.

The newly certified trainers come from landscaping businesses, local government, and the University of Florida. Together they provide seamless bilingual community outreach, with government officials explaining local regulations, university trainers describing best-practice findings, and landscape professionals telling on-the-ground stories of project success.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection was a partner in training and certification efforts. Rookery Bay Reserve continues to assist with trainings.

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Partners: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Management Section, Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve, Greenscape Alliance, Rookery Bay Reserve