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Dr. Mary Lusk

My Extension Program Goal is to develop regional partnerships and collaborations that will provide Floridians science-based information about:

  • Water Conservation.  Even with our abundant summer rainfal, water shortages are not uncommon in Florida.  My extension programs aim to educate Florida citizens about water conservation, alternative water supplies and water use efficiency.  My regional goals in this area are to:
    • Reduce water use in the landscape
    • Increase agriculture irrigation efficiency
    • Reduce indoor water use
    • Increase use of recycled water for agriculture and urban population
  • Agricultural Water Quality.  Florida's agricultural water uses have a strong history of adopting and practicing innovative water conservation practices.  My Extension Goals in this area are to continue and expand our efforts to protect the quality and quantity of water needed to support our state's vital agricultural industry.  I work to development educational and outreach programs that:
    • Increase participation in voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Increase understanding of the interconnectivity of agricultural activities and water resource integrity
  • Urban Water Quality.  By 2030, Florida will need an additional 1.3 billion gallons of fresh water to keep up with state population growth trends.  Much of this water will be used by an increasingly urban population.  My Extension Goals in this area are to develop educational programs that will:
    • Reduce nonpoint source pollution
    • Increase participation in Florida Friendly Landscaping programs
    • Give Green Industry Professional and Builders/Developers the science-based tools they need to make sustainable actions at the sites where they work

Dr. Mary Lusk