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UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences Extension faculty translate current and relevant soil and water science knowledge into user-friendly form for Florida residents, visitors, industry, business, governmental agencies and county agents.

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  • Rao Mylavarapu - Editor
  • Matt Whiles - Chair, Approver
  • Paul Roberts - ICS Editor

RECENT & REVISED PUBLICATIONS

Pasture’s Role in Climate Change Mitigation

SS708/SL495by Maria Silveira, Rosvel Bracho, Curtis Dell, and Abmael CardosoSeptember 25th, 2022This new 4-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences provides information about the role of native and cultivated pastures in climate change mitigation and the opportunities and challenges for improving carbon sequestration in agroecosystems. Climate change mitigation in the context of this publication refers to actions that reduce the rate of climate change. This information should be of interest to stakeholders, students, scientists, and environmental agencies interested in enhancing ecosystems services provided by grazing lands. Written by Maria Silveira, Rosvel Bracho, Curtis Dell, and Abmael Cardoso.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Irrigation Scheduling Tips for Tropical Fruit Groves in South Florida

TR001/TR001 by Haimanote K. Bayabil, Kati W. Migliaccio, Jonathan H. Crane, and Yuncong LiSeptember 12th, 2022This fact sheet provides irrigation scheduling tips to growers of tropical fruit (e.g., avocado, mango, papaya, etc.) in south Florida. Written by Haimanote K. Bayabil, Kati W. Migliaccio, Jonathan H. Crane, and Yuncong Li, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, revised September 2022.Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

Private Well 101: Drinking Water Standards

SS297/SL159by Yilin Zhuang, Andrea Albertin, and Arthur G. HornsbyJune 29th, 2022Drinking water comes from a variety of sources, including public water systems, private wells, or bottled water. While public water systems are monitored under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, private wells are not regulated. Private well users are responsible for the management and protection of their wells and water quality. This publication of the Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences is for Florida homeowners who are interested in learning more about drinking water standards. It also serves as a reference for well owners to understand their drinking water quality. Major revision by Yilin Zhuang, Andrea Albertin, and Arthur G. Hornsby; 10 pages.Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation

Ecosystem Services Provided by Living Shorelines

SS707/SL494by Ashley R. Smyth, Laura K. Reynolds, Savanna C. Barry, Natalie C. Stephens, Joshua T. Patterson, and Edward V. CampMay 30th, 2022The purpose of this new 6-page document is to explain the types of ecosystem services provided by different types of living shorelines and how to quantify these values. The target audience for this document is local governments and municipalities that make decisions about developing, conserving, and restoring living shorelines; state management agencies that oversee broader scale habitat management; and finally, homeowners who will be immediately affected by any of these decisions. Written by Ashley R. Smyth, Laura K. Reynolds, Savanna C. Barry, Natalie C. Stephens, Joshua T. Patterson, and Edward V. Camp and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences.Critical Issue: Natural Resources and Environment

Repensando el papel del nitrógeno y fósforo en la eutrofización de los ecosistemas acuáticos

SG191/SGEF190sby H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Ashley Smyth, Karl Havens y Thomas FrazerApril 25th, 2022Históricamente, las agencias ambientales han buscado mejorar la calidad del agua de los lagos y ríos de agua dulce mediante el manejo de un solo nutriente. El fósforo era el nutriente principal de preocupación en los sistemas de agua dulce y el nitrógeno estaba regulado en los sistemas costeros y estuarios. Investigaciones recientes indican que debemos reducir tanto el fósforo como el nitrógeno para revertir los síntomas de eutrofización en todos los sistemas acuáticos. This new 5-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences, written by H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, Ashley Smyth, Karl Havens, and Thomas Frazer, is a translation of SGEF190/SG118, "Rethinking the Role of Nitrogen and Phosphorus in the Eutrophication of Aquatic Ecosystems."Critical Issue: Water Quality and Conservation