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Florida Irrigation Society Presents Water Conservation Award to Martin County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Florida Irrigation Society Presents Water Conservation Award to Martin County
 
STUART, Fla (July 29, 2022) – Today, the Florida Irrigation Society recognized the Martin County Board of County Commissioners with their prestigious Water Conservation Award in support of the county’s new landscape watering ordinance. Accepting the award at the Florida Irrigation Society’s 2022 Florida Water Summit, Martin County Commissioner Harold Jenkins shared, “We designed the ordinance to ensure the efficient use of landscape irrigation; to conserve and protect water resources and ecosystems for future generations.”
 
The county’s year-round ordinance aligns closely with the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) mandatory year-round Landscape Irrigation Conservation measures and applies to landscape irrigation within the unincorporated portion of Martin County. The ordinance permits landscape watering for existing landscaping within specific parameters, allows for some exceptions and incorporates a process to apply for a variance.
 
The not-for-profit Florida Irrigation Society (FIS) promotes sound irrigation practices through awareness and education. With 9 chapters throughout the state, FIS’s membership ranges from irrigation professionals to municipalities, distributors, manufacturers and students. FIS provides members with extensive education opportunities, updates on regulatory and legislative matters and a quarterly electronic magazine (the PIPELINE.)
 
FIS president, Matthew Shreves, in announcing the award stated, “It was a unanimous decision of the Board to select Martin County for its precedent-setting water conservation ordinance. The County Commission worked in collaboration with FIS members and SFWMD to develop a workable variance for contractors, district and county agencies, and the public that will best serve the community. Our expectation is that other counties will follow Martin County’s lead when developing their own ordinances.”
 
Detailed information about the ordinance can be found at www.martin.fl.us/waterwisely. To learn more about Martin County – projects, upcoming meetings, services and news, visit www.martin.fl.us and connect with us on social media by following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and subscribing to our YouTube channel.
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Martin County Media Contact:
Martha Ann Kneiss | Office of Communications
Office: 772-463-2810 | Mobile: 772-214-2790 | mkneiss@martin.fl.us
 
Florida Irrigation Society Media Contact:
Cheryl Harris, Executive Director
Office: 727-209-1595 | charris@fisstate.org
 
 
 
About the Martin County Board of County Commissioners
The five-member Board of County Commissioners is the legislative governing body of Martin County. Each Commissioner is elected to a four-year term by voters in the countywide area. Chapter 125.01 of the Florida Statutes establishes the specific duties and powers of the Board of County Commissioners. Exercising their legislative powers, the County Commission adopts ordinances (local laws) and resolutions to establish policies and programs to protect the health, safety and general welfare of Martin County residents.
 
About the Florida Irrigation Society (FIS)
The Florida Irrigation Society is a not-for-profit Society established in 1966, with a goal of promoting sound irrigation practices through awareness and education. The membership consists of irrigation contractors, irrigation designers, consultants, educators, equipment manufacturers, equipment distributors, municipalities and students.
 
 
 
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This document may be reproduced upon request in an alternative format by contacting the County ADA Coordinator (772) 320-3131, the County
Administration Office (772) 288-5400, Florida Relay 711, or by completing our accessibility feedback form at www.martin.fl.us/accessibility- feedback.
 
 
 
 

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