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Environment

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Environment

Protect and restore the natural resources upon which life depends

When used in the context of sustainability, the environment includes the lands and natural resources that we rely upon for continued survival and the ability to thrive as human beings. Without agricultural lands, how would we grow our food? If we pollute our air and water through improper disposal of waste, how do we continue to survive? The environ­ment, economy and social equity are the three tenets of sustainability, and without proper resource planning, all three of these are jeopardized. Water, air, and natural systems must be sustained for the viability of current and future Southwest Floridians. Even the perception of vulnerability or damage to our natural resources can have negative impacts on our economy.

Continued careful management of environmental resources is crucial for sustainability. As our population con­tinues to grow, a more integrated approach to the design and maintenance of water, stormwater, and wastewater systems will lessen impacts on our natural systems through the reduction of pollution and energy consumption, and protection and restora­tion of ecological systems. More efficient use of our resources will help protect our sensitive ecosystems and allow us to grow our agricultural economy. Whether it is recycling or energy use reduction, it is important to be stewards of our resources so they continue to exist for future generations.

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Impact Areas

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

WHAT WE MEASURE

  1. Green Stormwater Infrastructure (e.g. bioswales, rain gardens, and wetlands, etc. that help to prevent flooding, provide groundwater recharge)

  2. Green Infrastructure Distribution

BIODIVERSITY & INVASIVE SPECIES

WHAT WE MEASURE

  1. Threatened Species

  2. Habitat Conservation & Connectivity

  3. Invasive Species Management

NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION

WHAT WE MEASURE

  1. Natural Resource Areas

  2. Wetlands, Streams, & Shoreline Buffers

  3. Connectivity

  4. Restoration

OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY

WHAT WE MEASURE

  1. Concentration and Emissions of Criteria Air Pollutants

  2. Risk form Hazardous Air Pollutants

WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

WHAT WE MEASURE

  1. Watershed Health Index

  2. Watershed Usability

WORKING LANDS

WHAT WE MEASURE

  1. Protection

  2. Production

  3. Certified Management Practices

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