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New UF/IFAS mobile site provides info on water policies, research

Staff report

A new program from the University of Florida/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education helps people access and decipher complicated water policy information in the palm of their hand.

The PIE Center’s Policy Extension Program, a mobile-friendly website found at piecenter.com/pep, features tools that help residents understand Florida water policies and provide thoughtful questions that can encourage conversations about water.

Users can find information on seven state and federal policies: Basin Management Action Plans, Total Maximum Daily Loads, Florida Spring Initiative, Water Quality Assurance Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and Clean Water Act.

In addition to the policy information, users can search a comprehensive library of UF/IFAS research into water issues from the PIE Center, the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, the UF Water Institute and EDIS documents.

PIE Center Associate Director Alexa Lamm, an assistant professor of agricultural education and communication, developed the mobile site.

“We truly want this to be a one-stop shop for people wanting to know more about water issues in Florida,” Lamm said. “By taking this complex information and explaining it in a way that more people can understand, the policies can become part of the work people do every day.”

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