Latest Florida Chamber of Commerce Educational Water Videos Echoes Landmark Florida Keys Coral Research Showing Nutrient-Supercharged Water From North of Lake Okeechobee Contributing to Water Quality Concerns

By: Edie Ousley

Tallahassee, Fla. (July 18, 2019) – On the heels of a landmark 30-year study of ailing Florida Keys coral showing nutrient-supercharged water from as far north as Orlando contributing to the harmful impacts on our coral reefs, the Florida Chamber of Commerce today released the latest in a series of educational water videos which points to 97 percent of water going into Lake Okeechobee coming from north of the lake – Kissimmee, and most of the contaminated water originating on the northwest side. 

The just-released coral research, and the Florida Chamber’s 11th in a series of educational water videos, were led by top FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Dr. Brian Lapointe.

“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 4.5 million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based data is key to meeting the challenges Florida faces.” 

The educational water video also features water and environmental leaders, including:

  • Dale Gawlik, PH.D., Professor and Director of Environmental Science, Florida Atlantic University
  • Nyla Pipes, Executive Director, One Florida Foundation
  • Tommy Strowd, P.E., Director of Operations & Maintenance, Lake Worth Drainage District
  • Newton Cook, President, United Waterfowlers Florida
  • Jeff Couch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bill Louda, PH.D., Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University
  • Marty McKenna, citrus grower

The latest video was released in conjunction with the Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School, happening this week in Marco Island.  

Click HERE to view the entire series of educational water videos. 

To learn more about the latest coral research, visit the Palm Beach PostNational Public Radio, the Key West CitizenUPI and the journal Marine Biology.