Securing Florida’s Water Future: The Florida Keys

By: Edie Ousley

Florida Chamber of Commerce Releases Second in Series of Educational Water Videos Featuring FAU-Harbor Branch Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2016) – As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the second in a series of educational videos solely focused on ensuring Florida’s water future is sustainable and provides the quality of life Floridians and visitors deserve.

Together, with FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, this series of educational videos focuses on science-based water quality solutions– with a focus on the diverse waters of the Florida Keys.

“When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “With six million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based data is key to meeting the challenges Florida faces.”

The video, Securing Florida’s Water Future: The Florida Keys, features the following water and environmental leaders:

  • Julie Cheon, Public Information Manager, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
  • Don Demaria, Commercial Fisher
  • Deevon Quirolo, Reef Relief Founder
  • Mike Laudicina, Commercial Fisher
  • Kathryn P. Sutherland, Ph. D., Associate Professor Marian Biology and Ecology, Rollins College Department of Biology
  • Charles Pattison, Policy Director, One Thousand Friends of Florida
  • George Garrett, Deputy City Manager, City of Marathon
  • Tom Walker, PE, BCEE, Deputy Executive Director, Division of Utility Operations, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
  • Stephen Frink, Publisher and Photographer, Alert Diver Magazine

“I’ve spent decades studying water quality throughout Florida, including nutrient pollution and harmful algae blooms,” said DR. BRIAN LAPOINTE, FAU-Harbor Branch Research Professor. “This project with the Florida Chamber allows me and my colleagues an opportunity to share this research so the public can better understand how human activities are influencing Florida’s water future.”

Economies across the state rely on water, an abundant resource in Florida. Water issues affect these areas economically and scientific steps should to be taken to prevent and counteract this side-effect of water pollution, a point Dr. Lapointe stresses in a Bottom Line interview with the Florida Chamber.

For more information, visit the Florida Chamber’s water solutions page.