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Public input sought on Polk County budget

Public input sought on Polk County budget

Bartow, FL -- It's your money, so if you want to weigh-in on this year's Polk County budget, your first of two chances is approaching. County commissioners will meet this Thursday at 6 p.m. Another hearing will be held September 12th at 6:00 p.m as well.

Next year's proposed budget for Polk County is $1.27 billion. That's a two and a half percent reduction from this past year.

Free irrigation school to teach residents how to conserve water

Free irrigation school to teach residents how to conserve water

Polk County, Florida -- Have you ever been interested in how to increase irrigation efficiency, use rain sensors or retrofit existing irrigation systems?

“Irrigation School is the perfect opportunity for homeowners, landscapers and homeowners associations to learn about the best ways to conserve water while landscaping,” said Jacqueline Hollister, environmental specialist for the Polk County Government.

Interactive webinar on regional water supply set for August 29

Interactive webinar on regional water supply set for August 29

The Central Florida Water Initiative regional water supply plan team will present a free, interactive webinar about the development of a regional water supply plan for the central Florida area at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 29.

The webinar will include an overview of the CFWI, highlights of the regional water supply planning process, a question and answer session and information on how to become involved in the process. The webinar is sponsored by the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

Year-round water conservation returns in Polk and Citrus Counties

Year-round water conservation returns in Polk and Citrus Counties

The Florida Government Utility Authority (FGUA) urges its customers in Citrus and Polk County systems to continue practicing good water stewardship even though the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) loosened watering restrictions and returned to year-round water conservation measures.

The restrictions ended on July 31 because this season's frequent showers have positively impacted the area, and restored local aquifer and river levels.

Take a Nature Tram Tour!

Take a Nature Tram Tour!

Lakeland, Florida -- Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property.

Nature Tour sign ups begin on the first working day of each month, so the next one is Sunday, May 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Recent rains cause Polk to lift burn ban

Recent rains cause Polk to lift burn ban

Polk County, Florida - Recent rains have reduced the threat of wildfires in Polk County prompting the Fire Chief to repeal Polk's burn ban as of Friday, May 10.

Citizens are now allowed to burn trash, yard debris, campfires, bonfires, and construction debris, though per state law, the use of fireworks remains prohibited.

It is possible a burn ban could be reinstated if there is a severe lack of rain and/or extremely dry conditions develop in Polk between now and the start of the normal summer rainy season.

Earth Day celebration continues at Bok Gardens this week

Earth Day celebration continues at Bok Gardens this week

Polk County, Florida -- Folks from Bartow and all over the region can keep the Earth Day spirit going this week at nearby Bok Gardens.

Students are invited to participate in hands-on activities by environmental exhibitors from around Central Florida and learn about protecting wildlife, water conservation, gardening and more.

It's happening this Thursday, May 2nd at nearby Bok Gardens from 9 a.m. until Noon.