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Polk County Water School

Water School is an educational effort of the University of Florida IFAS (UF/IFAS) Extension Polk County’s Natural Resource program, in partnership with several Polk County divisions, municipal governments, community organizations and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

What is Polk County Water School?

Started in 1998, the 2016 Water School was the 10th held in Polk County. Traditionally planned for election years, the school’s intent is to provide elected officials, decision makers, and community leaders with factual information about Polk County’s water resources and to encourage improved public policy and decision making regarding water resource issues.

If you are interested in more information, visit the following pages to learn about the program's agendas, impacts, and participation.

While the format has changed in recent years to accommodate participants' schedules, topics covered haven't varied as much as you might expect. As it turns out, while the specifics of an important water topic may change - the overall theme stays surprisingly similar year after year. Depending on the years' hot topics, Water School usually covers timely issues like stormwater runoff, surface water quality, drinking water supply,  water conservation, and more.

You can see recent agendas here:


I'm not in Polk County, how can I attend Water School?

Water School is offered by UF/IFAS Extension in many counties. Contact your local Extension office to inquire about a local Water School program or similar offering. If your county does not offer Water School, please feel free to contact Shannon at the information provided to the right.


Florida Lakewatch
Shannon Carnevale
(863) 519-1051

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When is Water School?

Polk County Water School is traditionally held in the springtime of even years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc.) to coincide with the new cycle of local elected officials.

Funding and Support for Polk County Water School is generously provided by:

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Charlotte Harbor National Estruary Program

Lakes Education/Action Drive

Lakes Region Lakes Management District

UF/IFAS Extension

Polk County BOCC


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