This year's Envirothon was held at Lake Fretwell Park. We hosted an overall competition and recognized winners in both Duval and Nassau County.
1st Place Overall Winner is Angry Avocados from Darnell Cookman Middle/High School. Congrats!
2nd Place Overall Winner is Team Dasher from Darnell-Cookman Middle/ High School School of The Medical Arts
3rd Place Overall Winner is Schlump Conforrestry from Sandalwood High School
In Nassau County:
1st Place Winner is Team Ice, from Hilliard High School.
In each category, here are the top winners:
Soils - Team Berkelium from Bishop Kenny High School
Aquatic Ecology - Team Angry Avocados from Darnell-Cookman Middle/ High School School of The Medical Arts
Wildlife - Angry Avocados from Darnell-Cookman Middle/ High School School of The Medical Arts
Forestry - Team Dasher from Darnell-Cookman Middle/ High School School of The Medical Arts
Current Environmental Issue - Rangeland Best Management Practices - Schlump Conforrestry from Sandalwood High School
To all of the teams that competed - Great Work! We hope you will decide to join us again next year. For any teachers or schools wanting more information about the event and competition, we encourage you to visit Duval County Envirothon's Facebook page which will have contact information, resources, and 2019 event information when it becomes available.
Last, Thanks to our sponsors, including the family of Fred B. Miller Jr. for helping support this year's event.
Introduced by Council Member Newby:
A RESOLUTION HONORING AND COMMENDING THE DUVAL SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT IN CELEBRATING SOIL AND WATER STEWARDSHIP WEEK 2018; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Board (SWCD) was created in September of 1953 under the authority created by the Soil Conservation Act, passed by Florida Legislature in 1937. The Duval SWCD was organized by concerned citizens of Duval County to help landowners and users to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources. The current mission of the District is to plan, facilitate, and implement programs, projects, and practices that help conserve the natural resources throughout Duval County; and
WHEREAS, in 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. The Stewardship Program relies on conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation through field days, educational programming, and workshops to educate citizens about the need to care for our natural resources; and
WHEREAS, Stewardship Week is celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. In addition, it is recognized as one of the world’s largest conservation-related observances. The activities during the week help to remind us all of the power each person has to conserve natural resources and improve the world. When everyone works together with their local conservation district, that power continuously grows; and
WHEREAS, the Board, which consists of 5 non-partisan elected supervisors who serve at-large, is celebrating the 63rd National Observance Week throughout the county and promoting its annual speech and poster contest for all students 6th – 12 grade. The theme for this year is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”. Water is one of our most precious resources. Watersheds supply water for drinking and recreation, irrigation and manufacturing, and wildlife and bird habitat. It is essential that each of us adopts good water conservation habits so that we can keep our water resources safe and productive now and for future generations; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Jacksonville:
Section 1. The City of Jacksonville hereby honors and commends the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District Board on their work and commitment to the citizens of Duval County to conserve, improve and sustain its natural resources, and encourages all residents to participate in the Stewardship Program activities.
Section 2. Effective Date. This Resolution shall become effective upon signature by the Mayor or upon becoming effective without the Mayor's signature.
WHEREAS, water is a basic and essential need of every living creature; and
WHEREAS, The State of Florida, Water Management Districts and Duval Soil and Water Conservation District are working together to increase awareness about the importance of water conservation; and
WHEREAS, Duval County and the State of Florida has designated April, typically a dry month when water demands are most acute, Florida’s Water Conservation Month, to educate citizens about how they can help save Florida’s precious water resources; and
WHEREAS, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District has always encouraged and supported water conservation, through various educational programs and special events; and
WHEREAS, every business, industry, school and citizen can make a difference when it comes to conserving water; and
WHEREAS, every business, industry, school and citizen can help by saving water and thus promote a healthy economy and community; and
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that by virtue of the authority vested in me as Chairman, Allen Moore of the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District do hereby proclaim the month of April as
Water Conservation Month
NOW, THEREFORE, the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District hereby proclaims the month of April 2018 as Water Conservation Month.
The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District is calling upon each resident, visitor and business to help protect our precious resource by practicing water conservation measures and becoming more aware of the need to conserve water.
Allen L. Moore, Chairman
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 1st day of April 2018.
We want to thank David Reed, Account Executive for JEA, for joining us at our last meeting and giving a presentation that highlights the overwhelming amount of water used for outdoor irrigation by Duval County residents. While it is well known that outdoor irrigation is a large part of overall water consumption, the data shows that it can be as much as 50% to 80% of total residential and commercial water consumption! There are few things more important than working to reduce the amount of outdoor irrigation in Duval County, the St. Johns River watershed, or the state of Florida.
So, what can be done?
What will you do to reduce water consumption in 2018? Share your stories with us.
On November 8, the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a public workshop in partnership with Duval IFAS to showcase local farmers and the work they do. The workshop gave the public the opportunity to ask questions about their work, life, and obstacles. The Start Farming: Panel and Farmers Market was a first of it's kind for us, but a great way to network with current and future farmers in Duval County.
Thank you to our panelists!
We'd also like to give a special thank you to the vendors that helped provide insight on several other local initiatives.
The program focuses on five areas of study: AQUATICS, FORESTRY, SOILS, WILDLIFE, and CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. This year the current environmental issue will focus on Florida Rangeland Management. Winners of the regional competition are sent to the Florida Envirothon. The winning team from the state competition will represent Florida at the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon, at Idaho State University, in Pocatello, Idaho, July 22-26, 2018.
REGISTRATION FOR 2018 IS NOW OPEN!
The Florida Envirothon Committee has developed a Resource Study Guide that is online and readily available to all students and teachers who may be interested in participating in the subject event. Please visit the following websites for additional resource study information, for the 2018 The Fred B. Miller, Jr. Regional Envirothon and the State of Florida Envirothon: www.flenvirothon.com and other materials are available at www.envirothon.org.
“For kids interested in the environment, this competition is often the only chance for a comprehensive study of our land, water, wildlife, and current issues while in high school. Plus, kids are competing for a trophy, and they get to learn outside. Those reasons alone should be enough for every school in Duval County to send a team to the Envirothon”, says Shannon Blankinship, Chairperson for the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District.
See pictures and find resources on the Duval County Envirothon Facebook page, or the Facebook event.
With questions about participating, or to register today, Joyce Miller (410) 688-2365 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eleven schools are receiving grant funding from the SJRWMD's Blue School Grant Program for projects that promote water resource protection through hands-on learning. In Duval County, Edward H. White Military Academy is moving forward with the Shaping Watersheds Augmented Reality Sandbox project.
More than two dozen teachers applied for funding this year and of them the top 11 projects were selected. The program offers $20,000 in financial support to teachers and schools. For information about Blue School grants, visit the district’s website.
Representatives from the SJRWMD, Fresh From Florida, UF / IFAS Extension Duval County Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will be on hand to answer any financial and technical assistance questions.
This event is free. Please come ready to taste, see and hear what Duval County Farmers have to offer!
Author, Shannon Blankinship
Chairman, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District