Tampa, FL – FishHawk Ranch, the first certified Green Development in Hillsborough County and the largest in Tampa, has officially been awarded a $4,375 Community Education Grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The grant will help to educate the 3,500 FishHawk homeowners about how water conservation, natural systems and watersheds can benefit their community.

Through a series of in-depth resident workshops presented by Green Building University and the Hillsborough County Extension Service, FishHawk Ranch will teach residents about the various ways they can reduce water consumption and cut water related expenses for their residences.

“Many of our residents are passionate about our natural resources as Newland Communities is” said Rick Harcrow, senior vice president of operations for Newland Communities. “This grant will allow them to explore more local ways to conserve water and share that information with their neighbors and friends.”

Applying and receiving the grant for the first time, FishHawk Ranch intends to educate residents on reducing household water consumption through water-efficient landscaping. The community also plans to provide residents with water-saving devices including low-volume shower heads, faucet adaptors, rain gauges and rain barrels.

About FishHawk Ranch
The FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center and 12 model homes are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (813) 685-7500 or visit our web site at www.fishhawkranch.com.

About Newland Communities
Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned communities in the United States. With a legacy that began in the 1960s, Newland specializes in comprehensive design and development of mixed-use communities. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies are currently developing and managing nearly 40 projects in 14 states. In Florida, Newland is currently developing four master-planned new-home communities in Hillsborough County; FishHawk Ranch, Circa FishHawk, MiraBay and Waterset. www.newlandcommunities.com

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