EXTENSION CONNECTION: Let's talk trash, how to prevent it from entering our watersheds

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 02:00 AM.

It is just as important to keep streets, sidewalks, yards and other land areas clean, as they are part of the watershed. Trash in these areas will ultimately become marine debris.

So, no matter what recreational outdoor activities you enjoy this spring and summer, please remember to reduce, reuse and recycle. Pick up your trash and help keep our waterways clean for us and the generations to come.

The smallest actions, such as recycling your fishing line in local monofilament bins, can make a big difference.

Contact me at bsaari@ufl.edu or 689-5850 for more information or to become involved in local clean-ups.


Studies have shown that more than 260 species of animals worldwide have ingested or been entangled in some type of debris. Approximately 100,000 marine animals, such as dolphins, whales and sea turtles are choked or entangled in fishing line, nets and ropes yearly.

Brooke Saari is an agent at the University of Florida's  Extension office in Crestview.

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