For Immediate Release
September 5, 2013
Contact: Clarisell DeCardenas
Communities For A Lifetime Statewide Coordinators Meet In Miami Lakes To Discuss Best Practices
Miami Lakes, FL - At a ceremony on the shore of Lake Hilda beach, in the presence of dozens of residents, Mayor Ceasar Mestre proclaimed August as Lake Quality Awareness Month.
"It is clear to me how our lakes contribute to the quality of life in our community," said Mayor Mestre. "If we created a little more awareness with this proclamation, then our efforts here were well spent.
The Lake Quality Awareness Month initiative was brought forth by the Neighborhood Improvement Committee in an effort to educate the community on the importance of maintaining the lakes.
Professor Leonard J. Scinto, Florida International University Department of Earth and Environment, recommends the following best management practices in order to maintain the lakes in the best possible condition: maximize the use of native wetland plants, plant shade tolerant grass along the shore line, and minimize the use of nitrous and phosphorus rich fertilizers.
"Designating the month of August as Lake Quality Awareness Month was about educating the community. However, following these best practices should be an on-going effort and we will continue to remind everyone of the importance of our lakes and that we all play a role in keeping our town and lakes beautiful and safe!" said Councilman Tony Lama, Chair of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee.
As part of the Lake Quality Awareness initiative the Neighborhood Improvement Committee also developed a brochure with tips and information on the best management practices. The brochure is available, pdf Lake Quality Awareness Month or call (305) 364-6100 to request a copy.