ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Board Chairman and Supervisor Daisy Morales has launched an aggressive campaign to pursue hundreds of thousands of dollars for conservation projects and programs that focus on keeping Orange County beautiful and its environment pristine.
“Clean water and healthy land for life is a human right that we cannot neglect nor take for granted,” stated Conservation Chairman Daisy Morales, who will officially start her second four-year term on the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board January 8. Morales won re-election with over 256,000 votes, a supermajority of Orange County votes, during the November 2018 general election.
During the 2018 election season, Orlando Weekly recommended incumbent Daisy Morales as the better choice for her outreach to the community and focus on environmental justice in its list of candidate recommendations.
“I’m committed to keeping my campaign promises to the voters and look forward to working closely with the talented members of this Board in getting things done for Orange County,” Morales added.
Sustainable Communities Project
“I’m actively pursuing financial support at every level in government and in the private sector to support the Conservation District’s projects and programs,” Morales said. “Having adequate funding is a step closer to creating sustainable communities and makes our environment more resilient. It enhances the quality of life for current and future generations, especially in communities of color, the Spanish-speaking population, low-income families, seniors and youth, Orange County most vulnerable populations.”
Orange County EPD ENVIROSCAPE PROJECT
Supervisor Morales has worked with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to present the EnviroScape, a collaborative educational project that raises awareness of Orange County’s soil and water resources to students. Over 500 students participated in the EnviroScape project since Supervisor Morales got involved.
Transforming Orange County Food Deserts
The District is pursuing a $50,000 grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts to provide technical and educational assistance addressing the need for urban agriculture within the food deserts identified within Orange County. “Community gardens and farm-to-table restaurants empower Orange County citizens to become eco-friendly regarding our food and the resources needed to protect our water and soil from pollution,” Morales explained.
Projects Protecting Lakes and Ponds
Storm drain contamination is noted as one of the major causes of pollution in Orange County rivers, lakes, and ponds. Pollution of stormwater runoff can negatively impact the
environment and introduce unnecessary risk to public health and safety, ultimately
affecting the livability of Orange County residents. “This water does not get treated, so we need to keep contaminates out of our storm drains,” said Morales.
WORKING WITH USDA-NAUTURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Supervisor Morales has worked and continues to work closely the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to bring in funding and technical support for Apopka’s nurseries and to help Orange County constituents.
Conservation Awareness Starts at the County Line
As part of Supervisor Morales’s goal of raising public awareness about the Conservation District, she partnered with Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla to have Orange Soil & Water Conservation District signs installed on the borders between Orange and Seminole counties.
Supervisor Morales will continue to work with Orange County Government to have signs installed on county roads on Orange-Osceola, Orange-Lake and Orange-Brevard county lines.