METRA is a not-for-profit partnership of professionals that provides environmental compliance training to the Central Florida small business community and local government agencies.
METRA's members consist of regulators, environmental product and service vendors, and the regulated community. Membership diversity is key to our success. Our members include over 25 government entities and private corporations.
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Mitigation and Transformation Technology
Dan Levy, Vice President, AECOM
This HAB technology is being developed to aid in the restoration of nutrient‐impacted waterways and create a new source of sustainable liquid biocrude, similar to the way fossil fuels were formed, but in 30 minutes instead of millions of years.
The St. Johns Water Management District (SJRWMD) launched the project in August 2021 to harvest/remove algae and suspended solids associated with nutrients from Lake Jesup, one of the largest lakes in Central Florida and one of many that make up the St. Johns River.
Choosing and Using Fertilizers in Orange County
Jane Gregory, CHMM, CIT, LEED GA
Environmental Programs Administrator
Orange County Environmental Protection Division
Basin Management Action Plans. Impairments. Algae blooms. Nutrient pollution. These are all terms that Central Floridians might hear regularly to describe our water bodies. Sadly, many of our lakes, rivers, springs and aquifers struggle with nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, but we can turn this trend around! Good choices can clean water. On June 1, 2022, Orange County updated their fertilizer management ordinance and it applies to all of us. Come learn how to work together to solve this problem
Board Member Duties
METRA board member duties include some or all of the following, depending on availability and interest:
Help arrange speakers for meetings
Represent METRA at partner organization events
Support the METRA scholarship program
Assist with training events such as Environmental Excellence Day
Attend one Board meeting per month
Attend at least four member meetings annually
Can serve in various positions of administration as interested (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Directors)
Assist with outreach, training, social media and other committee functions as able