Dr. Brian Lapointe Testifies on Science Based Water Quality Solutions

By: Florida Chamber of Commerce

Highlights Solutions for Harmful Algae Blooms

Dr. Brian Lapointe, Research Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, testified January 9 before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government to offer science-based solutions for the harmful impact that algae blooms are having on Florida’s waterbodies and neighboring communities in Florida.

Dr. Lapointe highlighted his research and educational partnership with the Florida Chamber of Commerce – an effort to raise awareness about the harmful role that septic systems are playing in ongoing water quality problems in the Okaloosa River Basin. And he shared the latest educational video with committee members.

Senator Doug Broxson (R-Pensacola) praised Dr. Lapointe for his work and partnership to help raise awareness of this important concern.

“Thank you for working with the Florida Chamber in bringing science into the forefront instead of emotion,” said Senator Broxson.

With 26 million residents expected to call Florida home in 2030, Florida’s water demand is expected to increase by more than 20 percent. Science-based water solutions are important to Florida’s economic and environmental future.

How You Can Get Involved

  1. Share the latest Securing Florida’s Water Future video, Algae Bloom.
  2. Sign the petition to ensure Florida’s water future is sustainable here.
  3. Join the Florida Chamber’s Infrastructure Coalition.