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Wednesday, February 5th 2014, marked a significant day for the local community in Tallahassee, Florida. For the first time ever, in partnerships with Tallahassee Sustainability Group and FSU Engineers Without Borders, IDEAS For Us hosted Hive Tallahassee! An interdisciplinary, intergenerational, think/do tank, which engaged stakeholders from all over the community to address global WATER issues, at the local level.

rsz_photo-2_tallyThe core group in Tallahassee led by Wes Shaffer and Justin Vandenbroeck, kicked off the Hive with a panelist of three subject matter experts. To diversify the insight into water, the speakers included: Dr. Karen Ruben of Tallahassee’s TAPP Program (Think About Personal Pollution), Mark Tancig, Water Resource Specialist for Leon County, and Lisa McClaskey, Water Specialist of the Consulate General of Israel. Each speaker brought to the table a unique viewpoint on water, whether it be: stormwater pollution, nonpoint source pollution, or water scarcity.

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Thanks to the innovative ideas from #HiveTally, the group will be hosting a ‘Surface to Source EcoTour & Ecosystem Facilitation’ on March 22nd. This tour will initiate at a local polluted water surface and take attendees through the interconnected ecosystems and bodies of water connected to the surface, ultimately tracking back to the source, a natural spring. Following the tour, #HiveTally will return to the surface and implement a rain garden with local and native species. The result will be an improvement in the physical and biological integrity of the water source! Stay tuned with #HiveTally, #H2Know, and Hive Tally FB Group.

– Justin Vandenbroeck
The Hive Tallahassee

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