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.