Make a New Year's Resolution to Support Our Environment

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h2. District Suggests Six Easy and Fun Resolution Ideas That Help Promote Healthy Water Resources.

Are you looking for ideas for a New Year's resolution? The "Southwest Florida Water Management District(Southwest Florida Water Management District)":/ has some suggestions for 2012 resolutions that will promote healthy water resources.

This year make a resolution to:

* Help promote water conservation and "skip at least every other week of watering your lawn in January and February(Skip a Week of Irrigation)":/conservation/skipaweek. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn't need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10–14 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed. To learn the signs of when your grass needs watering visit " a Week of Irrigation)":/conservation/skipaweek

* Support water conservation by going online and pledging to conserve water around your home. Family members can pledge to:
** Reduce daily showers by two minutes and save up to 240 gallons per month.
** Fix dripping faucets and save around 1,650 gallons per month.
** Replace showerheads with low-flow models and save about 480 gallons per month.
** Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth and shaving, and save up to 225 gallons per month.
** Check the home's irrigation system for leaks and potentially save up to 6,300 gallons of water per month.
** Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when full and save up to 175 gallons per month.
** Use a hose with a shutoff nozzle when washing the car and save around 40 gallons per wash.

To take the pledge, visit " Conservation Pledge)":/conservation/waterpledge

* Help support water-conserving restaurants by dining at a "Water Program for Restaurant Outreach (Water PROSM)(Water PRO)":/conservation/waterpro restaurant. Participating eateries follow best management practices to conserve water while also saving energy. For a list of Water PRO℠ restaurants in your area visit " Program for Restaurant Outreach)":/conservation/waterpro.

* Stay at a water-conserving hotel if traveling within the District. The "Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (Water CHAMPSM)(Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program)":/conservation/waterchamp is a free program that encourages hotel guests to reuse their towels and linens during their stay. More than 450 properties within our 16-county District participate in the program. To see the list of all participating hotels or for more information about Water CHAMP℠ visit " Conservation Hotel and Motel Program)":/conservation/waterchamp.

* Use less water on your lawn by learning about and implementing the nine principles of "Florida-Friendly Landscaping™(Florida-Friendly Landscaping)":/yards. The principles include using the right plant in the right place, watering efficiently, fertilizing appropriately, using mulch, attracting wildlife, managing yard pests responsibly, recycling, reducing stormwater runoff and protecting the waterfront. Learn how to use these principles to reduce pollution in our water resources by visiting " Landscaping)":/yards

* ""Get Outside!"(Get outside and explore your conservation lands)":/recreation and explore the more than 343,000 acres of District-managed public recreation lands. These lands were obtained to protect Florida's natural resources and are open for you to use for recreation. Get started by ordering your free Recreation Guide, which features more than 50 parks and preserves in the region owned by the District and its partners. Some of the outdoor activities available include hiking, bicycling, picnicking, nature study, horseback riding, fishing, paddling, camping and hunting. To order a guide or to learn more about each property and how they help protect the 16-county region's water resources visit "":/recreation