Entries by lead-executive-director


In the Garden, We Grow

Re-Blogged from the University of Florida, IFAS. Everything Grows Recently while singing Raffi’s, “Everything Grows” with my two boys, my oldest said, “no it doesn’t…fire hydrants don’t grow. Signs don’t, fences don’t, doors don’t…” Despite his snarky, yet funny observation, I reflected on the stanza, “food on the farm, fish in the sea, birds in […]


Great Outdoors Month in Florida

Re-Blogged via the Florida Department of Environmental Protection……   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring June as Great Outdoors Month in Florida. The Governor’s proclamation honors Florida’s abundant natural resources and the nation’s best recreational opportunities, provided by the state’s waters, trails, public lands and parks. Great Outdoors Month is celebrated across […]

Show Your Lakes Appreciation Challenge

July is Lakes Appreciation Month! Polk County, our 17 Municipalities, along with the Lakes Education Action Drive Board of Directors would like to encourage our residents and visitors to get involved and appreciate our beautiful lakes. LEAD is taking the lead (pun intended) here in Polk County to host a Lakes Appreciation Challenge. We want […]

Press Release

Contact: Danny Kushmer 3852-238-1956 lakeseducation@hotmail.com 2022 Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge May 9, 2022, Lakeland, Florida: The Lakes Education Action Drive and the City of Lakeland Lakes and Stormwater Division have announced the date for the 17th Annual Lakeland Cardboard Boat Challenge & Lakes Festival. On May 14, 2022, from 8:30 am to Noon at the […]

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Tips to safely co-exist with alligators

Content provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Signs of spring – balmy weather, blooming flowers and nesting birds – are occurring throughout Florida. Warmer temperatures also mean alligators are more active and visible. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when in and around the water and has […]

Lakeshore Signage

Over the years, the Lakes Education Action Drive has provided lakeshore signage educating visitors on Polk County Watersheds. Many of these signs have been updated by the County or Municipality where they are located. However, some of these signs have not. Below is a list of the lakeshore signage, LE/AD has placed over the years. […]


New Signs at Twin Lakes

The Board of Directors of LE/AD wants to thank the Southwest Florida Water Management District for partnering with us in replacing educational signage at Twin Lakes in Lake Alfred. Over the years, LE/AD has taken the er…Lead in placing educational signage at various lakes throughout Polk County. Many of these signs are in need of […]

Direct Potable Reuse

join us for our February Podcast as we discuss “Direct Potable Reuse” in Polk County. Our guest is Polk County Utilities Director Tamara Richardson. Ms. Richardson is a Professional Engineer and has served as Director of Polk County Utilities since December 2017.  As director, She and her team are responsible for all functions of the […]

Bee appearance and behavior may be related, genetic study reveals

Re-Blogged from the University of Florida. Read more here: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/global/   Recently discovered genetic knowledge of two nuisance western honey bee subspecies will help commercial and hobby beekeepers. A new UF/IFAS study identified genetic characteristics relevant to the production and behavioral attributes of these two key bee subspecies. For example, researchers found Cape bees to be significantly […]