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Manatee Utilities: Low reuse water pressure the result of dry season

Manatee Utilities: Low reuse water  pressure the result of dry season

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County reclaimed water customers may be experiencing low pressure due to high demand and drier than normal conditions.

Manatee County Utilities officials expect additional periods of low pressure on the reclaimed system and are asking reclaimed water customers to conserve irrigation water by watering lawns only during evening hours. Low pressures could continue until the rainy season begins in June.

Each day Manatee’s Agricultural Reuse System (M.A.R.S.) supplies approximately 18 million gallons of quality irrigation water to approximately 6,000 customers, including residential, commercial, golf course, park and farm customers.

For more information, call (941) 798-6745   or visit online, www.mymanatee.org/utilities
 

Manatee: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Manatee: Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service in Ruskin has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northwestern Hardee, southwestern Hillsborough, southeastern Polk, Manatee and western Sarasota Counties until 5:00 p.m.

The National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds in excell of 60 mph.  These storms have a history of also producing small hail.  The storms are moving East at 25 mph.

The storms will be near:

County earns Green Government Certification

County earns Green Government Certification

Manatee County, Florida – Manatee County Government has achieved a Green Local Government Certification through the Florida Green Builders Coalition.

Brenda Rogers, Manatee County Community Services Director and leader of the County’s Green Team, learned of the news earlier this week six months after submitting an extensive application to become certified. The rating system has certified silver, gold and platinum levels. Manatee has obtained the silver level and will be striving toward gold over the next year.

“The Green Team worked on the application for about a year, including several months of intense work,” Rogers said. “A lot of staff members reported on their piece of the application. We had involvement from the Manatee County School District, FP&L and our Constitutional officers. It’s truly been a collective effort.”

Firefighters and volunteers help give West Manatee Fire District a memorable makeover

Firefighters and volunteers help give West Manatee Fire District a memorable makeover

Bradenton, Florida – “We want to do this right and save water,” Brett Pollock, Deputy Chief of the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District (WMFRD) expressed to Michelle Atkinson, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) Program Coordinator.  Brett was referring to the landscape at the WMFRD’s new administration building which has received quite a makeover. 

Volunteer Master Gardener, Christie Callahan, led the project creating designs which included Florida-Friendly and native plant material.  Following the FFL principles and Brett’s wishes of doing it right the plan included first removing invasive species.  Then compost was utilized as a soil amendment prior to planting to help retain moisture in the sandy soil. 

Christine carefully chose plants for the design that were suited for the site conditions taking into consideration the light and moisture requirements of each plant.  Newspaper was laid in between installed plants prior to applying the mulch to serve as a weed suppressor.  A good layer of mulch was installed which will help retain moisture to the plants.  Rain Barrels will collect water to be used for irrigating plants.

Give a Day for the Bay

Give a Day for the Bay

Manatee County, FL -- More than 150 volunteers will participate in bay restoration projects in three counties Saturday, April 16 as part of a baywide “Give A Day for the Bay” blitz celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

In Manatee County, volunteers will gather at Emerson Point Nature Preserve at 8:30 a.m. to split into two teams.

One group will remove invasive rosary pea, while the second team will plant native coral bean and sea oats along the bay shoreline at the preserve.

Lake Manatee monitored after elevation raised

Lake Manatee monitored after elevation raised

Manatee County, Florida – Manatee County Utilities officials are maintaining safe operating levels at Lake Manatee despite heavy rains over the past 48 hours that have raised the lake three feet.
 
The lake is at 40.5 feet, three feet above historical April averages. Some of the excess water – about 400 cubic feet per second – is being discharged over the Lake Manatee dam; however, a project to perform routine inspection, repair and maintenance is preventing officials from releasing a greater volume that would normally be discharged after such a heavy rainfall.

Rec Center honored for green initiatives

Rec Center honored for green initiatives

Bradenton, Florida – Manatee County’s new G.T. Bray Recreation Center recently received honorable mention distinctions at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s 19th Annual Future of the Region Awards.

Each year the awards luncheon highlights projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution which benefit the regional community. The new G.T. Bray facility won honorable mention in the Cultural/Sports /Recreation category.

G.T. Bray Park Recreation Center is Manatee’s newest “green” facility, a jewel at the heart of Manatee County’s public parks system. The new facility is one of Manatee County’s first LEED-Certified buildings. The facility has incorporated many construction features that will result in a reduction in operating costs of up to 25 percent when compared to the costs to operate the former administration and recreation buildings.