DEP's Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program (NPSM) is committed to educating the public about and helping to prevent nonpoint pollution, which can affect water quality. Nonpoint source pollution is the result of runoff from stormwater picking up and carrying natural and human-made pollutants from diffuse sources and depositing them into lakes, rivers, springs, wetlands, coastal waters and ground water. Common nonpoint source pollution sources include sediment, leaf litter, pet waste, landscape inputs such as fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides, and nutrients from septic systems.
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The NPSM program offers the following campaigns and resources for educators throughout the state:
Flip My Florida Yard Television Series
The successful DEP-sponsored Flip My Florida Yard (FMFY) television series is funded and overseen by the NPSM program. FMFY is a Florida-based gardening-themed television show that "flips" select Florida yards (in eight hours) to become more Florida-friendly, while the homeowners visit one of the state's award-winning state parks. The show provides public education about and promotion for the Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL) Program. Two seasons of FMFY have been produced and aired/are streaming on PBS stations and the Discover Florida Channel. Season three of the show is currently underway.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is the use of plants and pervious surfaces to retain and treat stormwater. GSI reduces pollution and treats stormwater by retaining rainfall near its source instead of directing it to a centralized pond or treatment system.
Nonpoint Publication Tool
The Nonpoint Publication Tool is a free resource for state, municipal, nonprofit and other nonpoint educators, with the goal of unified messaging and increased positive behavior change through public outreach publications. This tool empowers individuals to quickly and easily build print-ready PDF files, without the need for professional designers or expensive software. Created files can be stored for repeat use and shared with other members of your team.
Nonpoint Source Education Grant Funding
Nonpoint source education projects are eligible for funding through the Federal Clean Water Act 319(h) Grant. Priority is given to projects that promote behavior change (rather than informative education) through methods such as community based social marketing.
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