Applied Ecology, Inc. specializes in complex data and database management, custom programming, statistical analyses, GIS, and remote sensing for natural resource management and conservation.



The Tampa Bay Estuary Program has launched a 3-year research project to assess whether restrictions on residential fertilizer use result in water quality improvements. The work is being conducted by a team led by Applied Ecology, Inc., in partnership with researchers from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida. This studies goal is to determine the effectiveness of fertilizer ordinances by determining which, if any, of the ordinances are successful at reducing nitrogen pollution in area waterways, and to what extent.

The work will compare nitrogen levels in stormwater ponds in selected communities within Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties, which have all adopted different lawn and landscape fertilizer ordinances. For example, Pinellas County has a total ban on use and sales of nitrogen fertilizer in the summer; Manatee County has a summer ban on use only; and Hillsborough County does not ban either use or sale of nitrogen products.


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Retention Pond At Tara Lake Subdivision

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Wyngate Subdivision Storm Drain

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Lake George Outfall

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Pesticide Truck at Traditions at Woodmont Subdivision


This project was featured in the Fall 2011 issue of the Tampa Bay Soundings. Click to read the full article.


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