Jonathan Schuman for Soil and Water District Group 4

Jonathan-1

 

I am multiskilled as both an investigator and scientist with a deep curiosity about the world we live in. Providing information and options to others is part of what I have done for over 35 years as a successful career science educator and past administrator certified in leadership, biology, chemistry, and earth-space science. Currently, I am teaching bioscience at Palm Bay Magnet High School. Knowledge of analyzing and working budgets and computer networking were both very useful while participating as an assistant principal providing supervision and management of a high school personnel in Miami-Dade County.

My personal goal in working this opportunity is to lessen negative environmental effects, and plan to support growth in our community that does not weaken our local physical environment for the future of our children and grandchildren. Our greatest resources include the people of our community, along with the soil and clean water supporting all the life around us.

 

Sustainability Is An Issue!

What is Sustainability, How Does it Affect Us?

 Environmental sustainability is a condition in which the demands placed on the environment (specifically the Ocean, Lagoon, Lakes, Soil, Fresh Water) can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well, now and in the future.

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There was a time not so long ago that people thought the oceans, lagoons, and lakes were so vast that nothing we dumped into them could hurt their ability to support life as we know it. Well, we now know that is not true.

Islands of Trash-3

There are now floating Islands of Garbage in the Pacific Ocean made primarily out of all forms plastic that is not breaking down any time soon interfering with the life processes within thousands of square miles. Often some of the garbage makes its way to our beaches particularly after a storm.

Trash on Beach-4

A similar and more obvious problem exists with dumping our waste into the lagoon and lakes from runoff of fertilizer, transportation products, and septic systems. The ability of our local environmental systems to handle the waste alone is now over. If we are not careful we will see more of this:
Dead Fish on Beach-5Red Tide-6

Beach Water Contamination Warning-6

 

 

 

 

Dumping Sewage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So What Will I Do For Our Community?

  • Assist land owners in their efforts to secure financial assistance through Farm Bill Programs to implement conservation practices
  • Provide information to our community through conservation education, and programs
  • Assist growers with development of low volume irrigation systems
  • Provide input in developing and update irrigation water management plans
  • Review soil surveys and historical maps
  • Provide local government advice and assistance regarding development and resource protection.
  • Support youth education on sustainability
  • Support eradication of invasive plant species

I will work with the Brevard Soil & Water Conservation District and  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to support water conservation, limit soil erosion, improve efficiency of irrigation systems, reduce our waste footprint while informing the public about conservation problems.

 

Recent Local Soil and Water Sustainability Issues In The News:

 

“Brevard County urges residents to limit sewage”, Florida Today, October 4, 2017

“Satellite Beach residents warned to avoid sewage spill”, Florida Today, Feruary 2, 2018

  “Stench from Hurricane Irma shines a light on sewage problems”, Florida Today, December 4, 2017

 

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