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ECCL public water quality forum to be available live online


 

 

The Estero Council of Community Leaders is holding a town-hall style Public Forum on Greater Estero Water Quality and Environment Actions and Solutions at The Water School at FGCU at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Due to overwhelming response, the in-person venue is now at maximum capacity. The event will be streamed live. To join the event, visit https:// us02web.zoom.us/j/83818831020

The forum features four local experts on water and environmental issues facing Southwest Florida and the Greater Estero area. A panel discussion will focus on current and future threats to our community’s environment, scientific information on the causes of these threats, and specific initiatives to reduce the negative impacts on local water quality.

The Panel Speakers include:

John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper

John’s professional career as an ecologist started in Lee County in 1978 after receiving degrees in biology and fish and wildlife. From 1978 to 2014, he worked as a resource manager for local government, managing waterways of Southwest Florida. In November 2016, he accepted the position of Calusa Waterkeeper, a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. He has authored peer-reviewed scientific publications and popular media sources on resource management, history, water policy, and conservation issues.

CASSANI

CASSANI

Matt DePaolis, Environmental Policy Director, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)

Matt DePaolis has a master’s degree in marine biology and a Juris Doctorate with environmental and ocean and coastal law certificates from the University of Oregon. His strong science and environmental law background support leading the policy team and advancing policies needed to improve water quality and protect our natural resources. As SCCF’s Environmental Policy Director, he puts his combined expertise in environmental law and marine biology to use at an organization that bases its policy and advocacy efforts on science.

DEPAOLIS

DEPAOLIS

Before his role at CSS, Mr. DePaolis researched climate litigation and fisheries policy issues for the United Nations. While in Oregon, he served as a legal associate at the Wild Salmon Center, evaluating regulations to protect water quality in streams.

Bob Moore, Co-Chair of the Sanibel Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group

Throughout his career, Bob Moore has focused on bringing together diverse stakeholders to solve complex problems collaboratively and now brings that experience to his consulting and volunteer work. He serves as the co-chair of the Sanibel Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group, a coalition of local organizations focused on advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy to improve resiliency and reduce energy costs. He also volunteers for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the Environment Committee.

Greg Tolley, Executive Director of The Water School at FGCU

MOORE

MOORE

Greg Tolley is a Professor of Marine Science and Executive Director of The Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is the author of publications on marine ecology and the influence of freshwater inflow on estuaries. Mr. Tolley has worked for over two decades in Southwest Florida to build capacity and focus university research on coastal environments and the conservation of aquatic resources. He has held several leadership positions at FGCU, including Chair of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute. ¦

— The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) isavolunteer, non- partisan, non- political, IRS- designated 501c3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to advocate for meaningf ul change that maintains and impr oves the high quality of life in greater Estero. Visit www.esterotoday.com. For additional information, contact Jim Gilmartin at ecclpres@gmail.com.

TOLLEY

TOLLEY

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