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Shell Museum: Water Quality Challenges
February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“Southwest Florida’s Water Quality Challenges and the Urgent Need to Complete Everglades Restoration”
By James Evans, Environmental Policy Director, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
James’s presentation will explore Florida’s water quality issues from the state, regional, and local perspectives, focusing on the impact water quality is having here in Southwest Florida. He will discuss the factors contributing to poor water quality and harmful algal blooms─such as blue-green algae and red tide─and how harmful algal blooms in 2018 impacted the ecology of our coastal waters and Sanibel’s local economy. I will also discuss the relationship between our water quality issues and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and how CERP will help restore the quality, quantity, timing and distribution of freshwater flows delivered to the Caloosahatchee estuary.
To celebrate its current “H2O Art Exhibition,” on display at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum from February 9 through April 30, 2021, the Museum is presenting a free three-lecture series on the life-giving liquid, which will be available virtually via Zoom. Visit ShellMuseum.org for link to Zoom invite.