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iving in a state surrounded by water, Floridians prioritize water issues over public education and taxes in the PIE Center’s annual public opinion surveys. Whether the water is used for drinking, recreation or irrigation, farmers and consumers alike recognize the need to protect and conserve this important resource. PIE Center research explores new technologies, behaviors and policies that can improve how producers and residents use water.

Landscape irrigation

Homeowners can have a large impact on a region’s water quantity and quality based on their landscaping. In-ground, automatic irrigation systems are common in many residential neighborhoods, and PIE Center research aims to inform and empower residents to use irrigation systems efficiently. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.

Agricultural irrigation

The adoption of water-saving technologies and best management practices help farmers and ranchers save water and contribute to protecting the environment. The PIE Center explores perceptions and opinions related to the adoption of best management practices as well as looking at the messages, sources and channels that can best inform the public. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.

Water quantity & quality

The water resources that people and natural environments so heavily depend on is being impacted by population growth, urban development and the agricultural needs of the state. PIE Center research explores public awareness, attitudes and behaviors about the protection and conservation of water resources. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.