The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recognizes the economy and quality of life for citizens of the Gulf are linked to its ecological health. As the result of a shared vision for a healthy and resilient Gulf of Mexico region, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas formalized the Alliance in 2004. A not-for-profit organization, the Alliance's mission is to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf region by encouraging collaboration among government agencies, businesses, education providers and non-governmental organizations. Priority issues addressed by the Alliance include water quality, habitat conservation, ecosystem assessment, nutrient impacts, community resilience and environmental education.
To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.
Before "Smart Yard Healthy Gulf" campaign was launched, research was conducted by the University of South Florida, Center for Social Marketing, and survey results showed Gulf Coast residents regarded Master Gardeners as trusted sources of information on lawn care. The Master Gardeners are excited about sharing their time and expertise in helping Gulf residents learn proper techniques and timing of home fertilizer application. Fertilizing at the right time, with the right amount will save the homeowner time, money, and protect our Gulf.