Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Water Education Video Highlights Caloosahatchee River

Collaborative Effort with FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Focuses on Science-Based Research Solutions

 

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 17, 2018) – Strengthening efforts to secure Florida’s water future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today is releasing the latest in a series of water education videos demonstrating the importance of following science-based research solutions.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Caloosahatchee River features research produced by Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian LaPointe. Despite recent impacts of heavy rainfall and fresh water discharges, strategies are underway to improve the health of this natural resource located on the southwest Gulf Coast of Florida.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Caloosahatchee River features the following environmental and business leaders:

  • Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ernie Barnett, Executive Director, Florida Land Council
  • Roland Ottolini, P.E., Director, Natural Resources Division, Lee County Board of County Commissioners
  • Colleen Depasquale, Executive Director, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

 

Manmade changes to the Caloosahatchee River and its watershed have altered the hydrology of the region. Heavy rainfall often results in large influxes of freshwater runoff from Lake Okeechobee and the local basin. In order to address local basin issues, stakeholders and government agencies are working on other strategies to improve the health of the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

 

What Environmental Leaders Are Saying:

“Agriculture, residential and cities, urban runoff is adding nutrient loads that have exceeded the capability of the system. Lee County also has numerous septic tanks and we want to move forward and see where opportunities exist to put those folks onto a centralized sewer system.” – ROLAND OTTOLINI, P.E., Director, Natural Resources Division, Lee County Board of County Commissioners

 

“A typical septic tank will put out about 60 milligrams per liter of nitrogen through a drain field, we’re trying to get one or less into the estuary. We absolutely have to deal with the septic systems, get them out of the ground for this pollution. But how can we make sure it’s successful? And that’s by bringing state level funding to try to offset the homeowner costs so a utility can make the investment to run the line and we can get people to abandon their septic tanks.” – DREW BARTLETT, Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

 

This is the eighth in a series of water research educational videos. Previous videos include:

  • Kissimmee River Restoration Project
  • Kissimmee River & Tributaries North of Lake Okeechobee
  • Lucie Estuary
  • Springs
  • Southwest Florida
  • The Florida Keys
  • Indian River Lagoon

 

“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.”

Click here to view the complete series or visit www.FloridaChamber.com/WaterVideos.

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Water Education Video Highlights Kissimmee River and Science-Based Research Solutions To Securing Florida’s Water Future

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (April 17, 2018) – Building on efforts to secure Florida’s water future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today is releasing the latest in a series of water education videos that demonstrate the importance of following science-based research solutions.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Kissimmee River features research produced by Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian LaPointe. The Kissimmee River basin extends south from Orlando to Lake Okeechobee and encompasses thousands of square miles.

 

“Drainage projects, along with other human activities, have altered the quantity and quality of water flowing south to Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and the downstream estuaries,” said Dr. Brian LaPointe, Research Professor at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. “This video series allows us to share information on the Kissimmee River restoration, as well as other strategies that are underway to protect these important water resources for future generations.”

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Kissimmee River features water and environmental leaders, including:

  • Jeff Couch,S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Paul Gray, Ph.D., Okeechobee Science Coordinator, Audubon Florida
  • David Childs, Partner, Hopping, Green & Sams, P.A.
  • Ernie Barnett, Executive Director, Florida Land Council
  • Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Bob Butler, Butler Oaks Farm

 

The Kissimmee River once meandered for 103 miles from Orlando to Lake Okeechobee. Following severe flooding in 1947, Congress authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to deepen, straighten and widen it.

Did You Know?

  • The Kissimmee Channelization Project destroyed much of the floodplain-dependent ecosystem, and had downstream impacts on water quality in Lake Okeechobee.
  • The Kissimmee Restoration Project will return flow to 44 miles of the historic channel and restore about 40 square miles of the river/floodplain ecosystem.
  • The watershed is also a highly urbanized developing area, and the very north end –closer to the Orlando area – a lot of communities are on septic tank systems. That remains one of the larger challenges, this source of nitrogen and phosphorus that leaches into waterways from septic tank systems.

 

“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.”

 

This is the Seventh in a Series of Water Research Education Videos. The Series Includes:

  • Kissimmee River & Tributaries North of Lake Okeechobee
  • St. Lucie Estuary
  • Springs
  • Southwest Florida
  • The Florida Keys
  • Indian River Lagoon

Click here to view the complete series or visit www.FloridaChamber.com/WaterVideos.

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber of Commerce Unveils Latest Water Research Educational Video

Video Addresses Discharges from Kissimmee River & Tributaries North of Lake Okeechobee and Science-Based Water Solutions

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (February 8, 2018) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released its sixth in a series of water research educational videos further demonstrating why following science-based research is important to securing Florida’s water future. The latest video addresses discharges from the Kissimmee River and other tributaries north of Lake Okeechobee, and the science-based solutions that policy makers are considering to mitigate these problems in the future.

 

The educational video highlights research produced by Florida Atlantic University – Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian LaPointe.

“I’ve spent my career studying water quality throughout the state of Florida, and this educational collaboration sheds light on the high water levels and alga blooms that followed the unusually heavy rainfalls in the winter and spring of 2016,” said Dr. LaPointe.

 

According to Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, there are few issues more important than water. “With six million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based solutions are the only way to ensure Florida’s water future is sustainable and provides the quality of life Floridians and our visitors deserve,” Wilson said.

Lake Okeechobee is the second largest lake in the continental United States. World-class fishing has helped spur tourism around the lake in recent decades. The lake is fed by the Kissimmee River and northern tributaries, which drain nutrient-rich fresh water from a 5,000-square mile basin extending south from Orlando.

The Latest Research Educational Video Includes Interviews With Environmental Leaders, Including:

  • Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary for Water Policy and Ecosystem Restoration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ernie Barnett, Executive Director, Florida Land Council
  • Paul Gray, Ph.D., Okeechobee Science Coordinator, Audubon Florida
  • Scott Martin, Professional Angler and TV Host
  • Larry Wright and Tom Mann, Jr., Professional Bass Fishing Guide
  • Mary Ann Martin, Roland Martin’s Marina and Fishing Resort

 

This is the Sixth in a Series of Water Research Educational Videos. Previous Videos Include:

  •  St. Lucie Estuary
  • Springs
  • Southwest Florida
  • The Florida Keys
  • Indian River Lagoon

 

Click here to see the complete series, or visit www.FloridaChamber.com/WaterVideos.

 

 

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

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Why It Matters to Florida

Florida’s ongoing economic recovery has fueled growth in all areas- from population growth to private-sector job creation. In fact, Florida is now the third most populous state in the nation and since December 2010 has created more than 1.4 million private-sector jobs.

But, an increased population means an increased need for vital resources such as water. Florida’s population is expected to grow by 5.4 million more residents by 2030, residents that will consume approximately nine billion gallons of water each day. From a single glass of water to fueling Florida’s large agriculture economy, water discussions must take into account the needs of the future so sound policies can be enacted today.

Florida’s Competitiveness Agenda

The Florida Chamber growth estimates place Florida’s water demand at 20 percent higher between now and 2030. The Florida Chamber understands that enacting strong, science-based water quality standards now will protect Florida’s natural and economic resources for the future.

As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s water future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce announced an educational partnership in March 2016 with Dr. Brian Lapointe, Research Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Securing Florida’s Water Future is 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.

The most recent video in the series of educational videos demonstrates why following science-based research is important to securing Florida’s water future, and sheds light on the algae blooms on the St. Lucie Estuary that followed unusually heavy rainfall the winter and spring of 2016.

The Fight for Free Enterprise Continues

With a larger population and increasing demand for resources on the horizon, science-based solutions that take into account the needs of Floridians and our precious natural resources will help move us in the right direction. Adopting smart growth policies will benefit small businesses and families by growing the private sector and will protect Florida’s natural resources for the future.

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Adopting smart policies that take into consideration long-term need, will benefit Florida’s families and businesses. Join us in our battle to find sustainable water solutions for our state.

Chamber-Promoted Study Links Algal Blooms to Septic Tanks

 

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A recent study by Florida Atlantic University points to aging septic tanks as a leading cause of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary.

On Wednesday, the Florida Chamber of Commerce released the fifth installment of a water education series, touting the new study.

Dr. Brian Lapointe, a professor with the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, produced the research. Lapointe and Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson debuted the video in the Senate Office Building.

Joining the two were legislators from the algae-afflicted areas, including Sen. Debbie Mayfield and Reps. Gayle Harrel, Larry Lee Jr., Thad Altman and Randy Fine.

Harrel, a Stuart Republican, and Mayfield, a Melbourne Republican, are advancing policies that will address the issues unearthed by the study. Harrel recently introduced HB 339, something she describes as “Legacy 2.0” because it seeks to set aside 7.6 percent of Amendment 1 funding each year to convert septic tanks to sewers. Mayfield introduced an accompanying bill in the Senate, SB 786.

Wilson said anticipated population growth led the Chamber to make Florida water quality a priority.

“If you think about Florida’s future,” Wilson said, “here’s what we know: more people are going to need more water.”

The fact that Florida is adding 1,000 people each day, he continued, means an additional 6 million people will be living in Florida by 2030.

“So, water matters,” Wilson said.

 

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Florida Chamber of Commerce Unveils 5th Educational Video On Science-Based Water Research Solutions

To Secure Florida’s Water Future, Follow the Science

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 8, 2017) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today unveiled its fifth in a series of water education videos which further demonstrates why following science-based research is important to securing Florida’s water future. The latest educational research video provides additional proof that septic tank problems are detrimentally impacting Florida’s water systems.

The educational video highlights research produced by Florida Atlantic University–Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, and sheds light on the algae blooms on the St. Lucie Estuary that followed unusually heavy rainfall in the winter and spring of 2016.

“In the research I have conducted on behalf of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, the science points directly to human pollution as the number one cause of what’s imperiling our state’s local water sources,” said Dr. Lapointe. “The leading cause of this pollution are aging septic tanks, which are leaking into the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie Estuary.”

The educational research video addresses the role of Lake Okeechobee and local basin discharges, and the science-based solutions that policy makers are considering to mitigate this problem in the future. Specifically, the educational research video points to local basin discharges and septic tank pollution as detrimentally impacting the quality of water in the St. Lucie Estuary.

“When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water. With six million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based solutions are the only way to ensure Florida’s water future is sustainable, and provides the quality of life Floridians and our visitors deserve,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

The educational research video, Securing Florida’s Water Future: St. Lucie Estuary features the following water and environmental leaders:

  • Deborah Drum, Ecosystem Restoration and Management, Engineering Department, Martin County
  • Ernie Barnett, Florida Land Council
  • Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary of Water, Department of Environmental Protection
  • Scott Martin, Professional Angler
  • Doug Smith, Martin County Commissioner

On the research video, Drew Bartlett, Deputy Secretary of Water for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says:

“The reason we know that septic systems are an issue for the St. Lucie Estuary is because we’ve monitored tracers, so we’ve looked for sucralose, this artificial sweetener, and we measured it and we know there’s a human source. And we’ve done the North Fork and the South Fork of the St. Lucie Estuary and we’ve seen sucralose throughout there, so we know that human waste water, septic tanks being very probable, is a source for all of these excess pollutants.”

Representative Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) has introduced HB 339 that calls for septic to sewage conversions, and Senator Debbie Mayfield (R-Melbourne) is also advancing policy to support this effort in the Florida Senate.

“The Indian River Lagoon is the most bio-diverse estuary in our country and is one of our most treasured natural resources.  It has been ravaged by harmful algae blooms, run-off and water pollution. Legacy Florida 2.0 will provide a dedicated and reliable funding source to address this problem. Septic to sewer conversion is a key component and will help preserve the IRL’s beauty for future generations,” said Representative Harrell.

 

“The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most valued economic and environmental assets in Florida. It provides over $7 billion dollars in revenue and inhabits approximately 4,000 different species. I am proud to work alongside Representative Harrell in passing this good bill to help save our lagoon,” said Senator Mayfield.

 

“Science based data is the key to meeting the challenges Florida faces, and the Florida Chamber is pleased to support the policy behind these proposals,” Wilson said.

 

The complete series of videos on securing Florida’s water future are available at www.FloridaChamber.com/WaterVideos.

 

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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Florida Chamber Releases Fourth in Series of Educational Water Videos

 

Featuring FAU-Harbor Branch Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Springs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 9, 2017) – As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the fourth 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. Securing Florida’s Water Future: Springs focuses on the economic impact and ecological importance of Florida’s springs and aquifers.

“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.”

 

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Springs features the following water and environmental leaders:

  • Dave Burnell, Crystal Springs City Manager
  • David Childs, Attorney with Hopping, Green & Sams and Florida Chamber of Commerce Water Policy Expert
  • Todd Kincaid, Hydrogeologist, GeoHydros
  • Bob Knight, Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute
  • Jim Stevenson, Former Chief Naturalist for Florida State Parks and former Senior Biologist of the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jake Varn, Government Relations professional and former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary

 

“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.

 

Additional Videos in This Series Include:

 

For more information, visit the Florida Chamber’s Water Solutions page.

 

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Securing Florida’s Water Future – Springs

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the fourth 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.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Springs features FAU-Harbor Branch Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, and some of Florida’s leading water and environmental leaders including:

  • Dave Burnell, Crystal Springs City Manager
  • David Childs, Attorney with Hopping, Green & Sams and Florida Chamber of Commerce Water Policy Expert
  • Todd Kincaid, Hydrogeologist, GeoHydros
  • Bob Knight, Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute
  • Jim Stevenson, Former Chief Naturalist for Florida State Parks and former Senior Biologist of the Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jake Varn, Government Relations professional and former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary

Watch the video to learn more about where the Florida Chamber stands on issues relating to water security, and be sure to share our video. To find out how to join us in finding long-term water policy solutions for Florida, email Chris Emmanuel.

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

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Southwest Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2017) – As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the third 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 Southwest Florida in this recent release.

“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.”

 

“One in five jobs in the Tampa Bay water shed depend upon a clean, healthy bay,” explains DR. TONY JANICKI, President of Janicki Environmental Inc. in this latest video.

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

  • Thomas A. Harmer, Sarasota County Administrator
  • Holly Greening, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Gary M. Hubbard, P.E., Utilities Department Director, Charlotte County Government
  • Gregory S. Rouse, P.E., Engineering Design Manager, Capital Management Services
  • Mark Alderson, Executive Director Sarasota Bay, National Estuary Program

“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.
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Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as crucial to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Florida Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FLChamber.com for more information.
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Securing Florida’s Water Future: Southwest Florida

As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the third 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.

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

  • Thomas A. Harmer, Sarasota County Administrator
  • Holly Greening, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Gary M. Hubbard, P.E., Utilities Department Director, Charlotte County Government
  • Gregory S. Rouse, P.E., Engineering Design Manager, Capital Management Services
  • Mark Alderson, Executive Director Sarasota Bay, National Estuary Program

To learn more, visit the Florida Chamber’s Water Issue Page.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: The Florida Keys

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.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: The Florida Keys

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce 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.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: The Florida Keys features FAU-Harbor Branch Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, and some of Florida’s leading water and environmental leaders including experts from the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and Rollins College.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Indian River Lagoon

 

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When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water. With six million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based solutions are the only way to ensure Florida’s water future is sustainable AND provides the quality of life Floridians and visitors deserve. Whether it’s the Apalachicola River in Northwest Florida, or our unique springs in Central Florida, the Indian River Lagoon in Southeast Florida, or our treasured Everglades in Southwest Florida, science-based data is key to meeting the challenges Florida faces. Together, with Harbor Branch research scientist Dr. Brian Lapointe, the Florida Chamber is pleased to present this educational video and hope it will spur conversations and collective action to help solve these issues.

Florida Chamber Release First in Series of Educational Water Videos Featuring FAU-Harbor Branch Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2016) – As part of its ongoing efforts to help secure Florida’s future, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the first 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.

Securing Florida’s Water Future: Indian River Lagoon

 

Together, with FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe, this series of educational videos focuses on science-based water quality solutions– starting first with the Indian River Lagoon.

“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: Indian River Lagoon, features the following water and environmental leaders:

  • Clay Henderson, Executive Director, Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience
  • Dan Pennington, Planning Analyst, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Todd Kincaid, PH.D., Hydrogeologist, GeoHydros
  • Donna Rhoden, Public Information Manager, Port St. Lucie Utility
  • Nat Reed, Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and National Parks
  • Doug Smith, Commissioner, District One, Martin County

“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 impacting Florida’s water resources.”

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, yisit the Florida Chamber’s water solutions page.

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Rep. Gayle Harrell Discusses Florida’s Environment

“We are devastated by the releases from Lake Okeechobee.”

-Representative Gayle Harrell

Florida’s precious natural resources are just one reason why six million more people will call our state home between now and 2030. In the latest edition of The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Rep. Gayle Harrell address Legacy Florida, a bill that helps preserve the Everglades, as well as the impact runoff and septic tanks have on our environment, businesses and economy.

“We are devastated by the releases from Lake Okeechobee…it is just devastating to our economy and our small business people.”

Learn what the Florida Chamber’s partnership with FAU to educate Floridians on the impact of septic tanks: