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Water, water, everywhere...

“Water, water, everywhere, but only if we share” is the slogan for this year’s World Water Day 2013, the International Year of Water Cooperation. International World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water, and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources. Activities and events are held all over the world throughout the month of March, and it’s a great time to think about our own water usage here in Florida.

Personal water use is not just about taking shorter showers. Much of Florida’s over-water usage is from maintaining its agriculture, golf courses, and manicured landscapes. So when thinking about your own lawn and garden, consider planting native plants that don’t need frequent watering, or xeriscaping, which is landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for any supplemental water.

Nassau County Extension is offering a Landscape Matters Rain Barrel Class at the County Building in Yulee on March 13 from 10 - 11 a.m. Instructors will discuss the merits of water conservation and the ease of using rainwater for gardening. This class will provide rain barrels fitted for use in residential landscape homes. The cost is $15 per barrel, which covers part of the cost of the barrels and hardware. Those desiring to attend the class must contact the local office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 4. Make checks out to Nassau County Extension. Contact the Callahan office at (904) 879-1019 or the Yulee office at 491-7340.

For more information on International World Water Day, visit their web site at