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LE/AD, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to improving and preserving the natural beauty and quality of lakes and waterways all over Polk County and Central Florida.

Education: The knowledge and development resulting from the process of being educated.


Action: The accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time or, a thing done.

Through workshops, conferences, lake cleanups, cardboard boat challenges, speakers bureau, and our most important asset – volunteers, LE/AD devotes all of our resources to Education and Action.

LE/AD and its board of directors are committed to preserving the water quality of Polk County and beyond. Using workshops, LE/AD is able to inform citizens and elected officials of their roll in improving and preserving our most valuable resource – WATER.

What can you do to protect the water quality in Polk County? Here are just a few resources to get you started.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™: Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ is a set of nine guiding principles which help protect natural resources and preserve Florida’s unique beauty. A Florida-friendly landscape is beautiful yet saves water and protects the environment too. Read more.

Florida-Friendly Fertilizing: Sometimes Florida yards need fertilizer to help keep them healthy, but applying too much fertilizer, too often or at the wrong time can cause water pollution. Recent studies have shown that rising nitrate levels in many local water bodies can be traced to fertilizer. Nitrate is a form of nitrogen that is found in inorganic fertilizers. When fertilizer is needed and applied correctly, the lawn absorbs the nitrogen. However, fertilizers applied improperly can run off lawns and into local water bodies, harming water quality and threatening the plants and animals that depend on clean water for survival. Read more.

Volunteer: Volunteers are most needed in the Polk County Environmental Lands Program. There are a varied number of volunteer positions for those who want to join an enthusiastic team of dedicated citizens. Whether you are looking for an indoor or outdoor volunteer task, Polk County would love to have you. Find out more about the many opportunities by visiting Polk County’s Water Atlas site.

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