Water Conservation & Pollution
Prevention Assistance Grant
April 28, 2006
Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority
Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence (FORCE)
Susan A. Kelly
County Extension Director and EA II
UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension
I. Project Progress and Timeline
The funds for this project were originally secured in October 2004, with a timeline to be
accomplished by July 2005. Due to delays in the completion of the project site, the
West Central Florida Agriculture Education, Marketing and Development Center, the
completion of the project has also been delayed until April 2006.
In addition to delays caused by construction, the key contacts involved in the original
grant also changed during this time period. Dr. Joan Bradshaw now works for UF/IFAS
Extension out of the Citrus County Office, and Bernard Dew retired as the Sumter
County Administrator. The Sumter County Extension Director, Ed Jennings also left
that position, moving to a Livestock agent position serving four counties. Even with the
delays and the changes in personnel, the project has been completed except for the
promotional activities. After the landscape matures the promotions and tours of the
gardens will begin.
The construction of the demonstration landscape began on February 1,2006, one day
after the Sumter County Extension Office moved into the new building. Prior to the
construction, a team of extension agents and Sumter County Master Gardeners worked
to produce a design for the landscape. Also, prior to the move, research began on
rainwater harvesting systems and a cistern system was located for purchase.
II. Accomplishing the Overall Program Focus
Conserving water and protecting our water resources is the theme and focus of this
landscape project. This landscape was designed to be a demonstration of attractive
landscaping principles that are an alternative to high water use landscapes.
a) The beneficial use of compost and mulches to conserve water.
The project used several