Underscoring science as the key to securing Florida’s forthcoming water solutions, Brian Lapointe of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is studying marine issues in collaboration with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the chamber announced recently in Tallahassee.
“I’ve been studying … marine pollution and various land-based sources that contribute to the problems we’re seeing around the state,” Professor Lapointe, who works at FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, said. “This is a whole new paragon shift for me, to take what I’ve learned over 30 years and educate the public about these issues, and they’re big issues.”
As an example, he cited the fact that most Floridians are unaware of the potential negative impacts of certain standard infrastructure elements, some as simple as residential septic tanks. Lapointe emphasized that regardless of opinions as to the cause of water pollution, the answer for Florida lies in solidarity and application of scientific knowledge.
“It is really looking at cause and effect and we really need to use the best science available to find out the causes of these problems,” he said.
Much of Florida’s economy is dependent on water, a naturally plentiful resource in the state. The chamber and Lapointe are hoping to identify, validate and implement scientific solutions to the region’s environmental quality concerns.
“These things are all doable if we use science to lead the way,” Lapointe said.
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