Scotts Funds Research, Education Aimed at Enhancing Florida's Water Quality

Scotts Funds Research, Education Aimed at Enhancing Florida's Water Quality

Monday, February 10, 2014

MARYSVILLE, OH – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company is committing $5 million over three years to fund Florida-based scientific research, consumer education and environmental enhancement in an effort to identify potential solutions to the state's water quality issues. The company is launching a multi-media consumer campaign immediately that will escalate throughout the spring using radio and online advertising, a web-based consumer resource at www.scotts.com/florida and in-store messaging to remind homeowners about the importance of responsible lawn and garden practices. Other aspects of the multi-year program include a two-year research grant to the Ocean Resource Conservation Association that will focus on potential pollutants flowing into Indian River Lagoon and a partnership with the environmental restoration group, Tampa Bay Watch, to provide 80,000 salt marsh plants to designated restoration sites within the Tampa Bay estuary. Additionally, the program will include the creation or support of community gardens and green spaces in every Florida county over the next three years.