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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.
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 for more information.
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