DATE: February 19, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Rudy Rudolph
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
“Preserve. Protect. Conserve.” is the theme of the 11th Annual Broward Water Matters Day event to be celebrated on Saturday, March 9 at Tree Tops Park in Davie. Water Matters Day is Broward County's signature water conservation event where residents can learn about local and regional water resources, how water is managed and how Broward County is planning for future water needs.
Residents will receive tips on water conservation, find out about rebates and incentives for upgrading to water-conserving devices and learn how to create “Florida friendly” and drought tolerant landscapes.
Participants can earn a free native plant or tree by visiting at least 12 exhibits and obtaining 12 stamps on their event program. More than 45 educational exhibits and booths will be on display to help residents learn about water conservation techniques, smart irrigation, native landscaping and what role they play in protecting and conserving our water supplies.
Other activities include face painting, crafts and a bounce house for children; rain barrel workshops; the music of environmental folk singer Grant Livingston; and a variety of giveaways and raffles. One lucky person will win an irrigation system upgrade (installation not included) courtesy of Rainbird. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 3 p.m.
Admission to Water Matters Day is free, but the park's weekend and holiday admission fee of $1.50 per person will be in effect. Children five and under are free. Tree Tops Park is located at 3900 S.W. 100th Ave. in Davie.
This year’s event partners are the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Broward Workshop, School Board of Broward County and South Florida Water Management District. Co-sponsors include the cities of Cooper City, Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood; the towns of Southwest Ranches and Davie, Central Broward Water Control District, South Broward Drainage District, Old Plantation Water Control District, AECOM, Carollo Engineers, Sequoia Innovative Resources and Rainbird.
For more information on Water Matters Day or water conservation, visit broward.org/watermatters.
Water Matters Day 2013 is recognized as a part of Viva Florida 500, a statewide celebration of the first European expedition to Florida. Visit Broward County's Viva Florida website for information on how to get involved, a schedule of upcoming exhibits and events and more.