Protecting Florida’s Water. Perspective of Green Industry Professionals from the Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA). Who I am:. My name is Erica Santella:
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Green Industry Professionals from the
Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA)
My name is Erica Santella:
I am here representing the green industries, including the Lawn & Ornamental Service industry, as chair of the Florida Pest Management Association’s Green Industries Task Force.
TruGreen’s Regional Technical Manager for our 16 Florida branches. Responsible for directing all agronomic and horticulture programs in Florida.
One of the first industry people to become a Green Industries Best Management Practices certified trainer by completing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Instructor Training Program. This training enables me to teach others to become certified instructors themselves.
On October 7, led a training program for 29 participants, including staff of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control Division and six Orange County staff members in Apopka, Florida.
Rain falls on impervious surface Florida in enacting SB 494 this summer.How Turf Acts As a Water Filter:
Runs off into swale over flush or notched curb
Runoff flows down swale
Filtering out solids and pollutants
Some water infiltrates into soil
Remaining runoff enters drain
Plants absorb some dissolved pollutants as micronutrients
Where’s your card? Manual:
Within 10 months of enactment, the nitrogen black-out period had created measured nitrogen deficiencies in the majority of tested landscapes -- in spite of the claims by the non-science community that rainfall, clipping return, and use of long term slow release nitrogen would provide sufficient growth.