News in Brief

School Tackles Water Issues

The Tri-County Water School is now open for registration. The school, held Sept. 11–12, tackles critical water issues facing Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

The school is run by the University of Florida IFAS Extension along with the District and the three county governments. Courses are designed to educate community leaders, natural resource managers and decision makers about current issues and future concerns regarding water quality, quantity and conservation. The aim is to encourage public policy decisions relative to water issues in the three counties and throughout the state.

Classes are held at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs and registration is $20. Visit or call (727) 453-6905 for more information.

District’s Social Media Sites See Increased Traffic

As more people turn to social media to get news and information, the District continues to see increased traffic on its social media sites.

During Tropical Storm Debby, the District’s Facebook page saw record numbers for post views as people sought the latest information from the District. Residents were able to contact the District directly with storm-related questions and get quick responses.

The District’s Twitter page features news releases as soon as they are posted, in addition to other District information. The District’s YouTube page houses popular informational videos. People also can subscribe to the District’s email newsletter for the latest happenings in the District.

All of the District’s social media platforms can be accessed at

District Evaluates Surplus Lands

The Governing Board’s Surplus Lands Assessment Subcommittee reviewed lands in evaluation area 3 at a recent meeting. Evaluation area 3 includes lands in Pasco County and the Green Swamp, which stretches across Pasco, Lake, Polk and Sumter counties.

The project’s purpose is to review land holdings to make sure they meet the District’s core mission and ensure efficiency and sound financial decisions.

This is the third of four areas being evaluated by the District. Lands being reviewed are those owned solely by the District, where the District is the lead land manager. The subcommittee will review staff’s evaluations of the properties and make surplus recommendations to the full Governing Board.

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