1. We are the IrriGators and this is what we do...


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    This video is about the IrriGators.

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    • Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards: Storm Water Runoff Prevention and Rainwater Harvesting


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      Benefits of rainwater harvesting systems that can help to reduce runoff and decrease use of potable water resources for landscape irrigation. Experts explain how rainwater harvesting systems, such as rain barrels and cisterns, are benefiting the homeowner and the landscape, including ease of use and maintenance, and tips for finding ways to acquire equipment for less money (rebates, grants, etc.)

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      • Join the U.C.U.!


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        Stop wondering what it would be like to hold it down for conservation and sustainability in sunny South Florida! The U.C.U. is hiring! We are irrigation techs and plant experts who strive to execute our work with a local, regional and national mindset. So watch the video, then learn more about the FYN Agent position here: http://bit.ly/JointheUCU For additional U.C.U. educational and outreach videos, visit: http://bit.ly/YdSCCG

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        • Irrigation in the Florida-friendly and Traditional landscape research plots


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          Irrigation design is just as integral to the demonstration plot study as plant selection and placement. Some of the plots recreate the inefficient practice of watering everything at once without accounting for plant water need, while other plots use three different types of low-volume irrigation targeted specifically at plant root zone. In control of everything: an internet-accessible, two-wire smart irrigation timer normally for use on large commercial systems. All of this equipment in action in one place, and now presented here for you.

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          • Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards: Storm Water Runoff Prevention


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            Benefits of use of swales, terracing, retention ponds, and rain or bog gardens, and pervious materials. Winners explain the benefits they achieved by preventing storm water runoff, to keep valuable rainfall on their property rather than discharging it to drainage. Benefits include less potable water demand, reduced loss of valuable natural nutrients, less chemical costs and curb appeal See how winners integrated easy-to-implement landscape changes. Learn why increasing the use of pervious materials is important in the landscape.

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            • Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards: Efficient Irrigation


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              Benefits of properly designed landscapes and efficient irrigation systems (hydrozoning) that reduce the use of potable water for landscape irrigation including technologies like micro-irrigation, and rain drains. Winners discuss the efficiencies they incorporated into this winning landscape, why they chose those efficiencies and how they have benefited from those choices.

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              • Using Big Data to predict Big Alternative landscape irrigation savings


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                In this cultural moment Big Data is king - revealing trends and tendencies in all aspects of modern life. In the case of outdoor water-use, Big Data is helping water utilities and districts across the country track losses and bill more effectively. This video introduces the work of IrriGator and PhD candidate Mackenzie Boyer, who is delving into mountains of data from Southwest Florida to paint a picture about outdoor water use and the success of conservation initiatives like the Florida-friendly Landscaping Program. This video was filmed on location at the 2013 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Austin, Texas. For an in-depth presentation on this topic, see: http://bit.ly/IeQTXj

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                • Your irrigation system: piece by piece


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                  Many of us have in-ground, automated irrigation systems to sustain our landscapes and green spaces, but how many of us really know all the parts that make these systems work? Sometimes circumstances force us to step outside our comfort zone and we learn new things. And sometimes the universe can step in to give us a hand. Let's get to know our irrigation system piece by piece.

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                  • Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards: Retaining Trees and Native Vegetation in the Landscape


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                    Community Water-Wise Award winners discuss why incorporating and retaining trees and native vegetation is important to them, and the benefits derived from doing so, including shade, curb appeal, variety and statement specimen.

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                    • Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards: Landscape Design and Plant Selection


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                      Community Water-Wise Award winners discuss why they made the plant selections and placements, and how those choices enhanced their landscape. Benefits include: reduced need to constantly replace failing materials, reduced chemical and water use, and saved maintenance time.

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