City Initiatives - Outreach & Education
Library Green Resources
The Clearwater Public Library system has a variety of resources to help you learn more about energy alternatives, the environment, and living green. The library's Web site, www.MyClearwater.com/CPL, provides links to a variety of online resources. Just click on the "Reference Desk" tab and then on "Internet Links." Search the national green pages, social investing, green living tips, green businesses and more. View our complete list of the library's green resources.
Parks - Environmental Learning Center
Moccasin Lake Nature Park
The City currently operates an environmental learning center at Moccasin Lake Nature Park. With new sustainable and green initiatives, Moccasin Lake Nature Park will become host to programs, presentations, and discussions. The City is interested in developing a community garden program. Community gardens would be on City property and would provide residents the opportunity to grow nutritious food, beautiful flowers, and a sense of community.
Read more information on Clearwater's parks and open green spaces
Recycling Tours & Presentations
Learn what happens to your recycling after it is picked up from your home. See how materials are baled, weighed and prepared for shipment by taking a tour of the city's recycling facilities. The Solid Waste Department conducts tours to groups of 20 or more, according to staff availability. Please call (727) 562-4933 ext. 3 for more information. Organizations may contact us about scheduling a presentation or display online.
Stormwater and Water Education
Stormwater Maintenance division of Engineering takes a hands-on, proactive approach to reaching out to residents and showing them how to be kinder to their watershed. The division coordinates the "Get to the Point!" Neighborhood Watershed Maintenance Program to identify point- and non-point source pollution and ways to eliminate it. They also offer suggestions for what you can do to enhance the environmental sustainability of your neighborhood watershed. The department also coordinates the Adopt-A-Street Program and attends educational events throughout the city and Tampa Bay area to teach the young and young-at-heart how to be more environmentally conscious.
The Public Utilities Department allows citizens to walk through the water meter shop - as part of the Citizen's Academy program - to learn about the complexities of water meters, along with ways to conserve water. Department staff hand out water conservation items, such as small rulers with different sizes of holes that represents hole in a water pipe. The ruler has a chart that shows the water loss for each leak at 60 pounds-per-square-inch (p.s.i.) of water pressure. Staff also hand out water conservation pamphlets and coloring books in English and Spanish for children at public events.
Tampa Bay Estuary Program
The city partners with Tampa Bay Estuary Program to focus on reducing nitrogen discharges into Tampa Bay. The city recently coordinated with Tampa Bay Estuary Program in recent campaigns that emphasize fertilizer reduction and pet waste clean up.
TBEP works to ensure the overall protection and restoration of Tampa Bay. The organization leverages its resources by performing cutting-edge research of key problems impacting the bay; sponsoring demonstration projects to test innovative solutions to problems; providing "mini-grants" to community groups to engage the public in bay restoration; and, developing educational programs targeting key segments of the bay community.
The Tampa Bay Estuary Program offers a free boater kit that shows how boaters can help protect Tampa Bay and its manatees while enjoying boating at the same time.
Learn more about the financial benefits of this partnership for residents and the Clearwater community. For more information, visit the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's Web site