Highlighting scientific solutions for Florida’s long-term water quality, the Florida Chamber of Commerce recently released its first in a video series, focused on the Indian River Lagoon and featuring Florida Atlantic University researcher Brian Lapointe.
Professor Lapointe, who works at FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute located alongside the lagoon in Fort Pierce, has studied Florida’s ecosystem for many years. Along with Lapointe, key environmental experts appear in the video from both regional and national echelons.
“I’ve spent decades studying water quality throughout Florida, including nutrient pollution and harmful algae blooms,” Lapointe said. “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 impacting Florida’s water resources.”
Among the leaders featured are Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience; Dan Pennington, planning analyst for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Todd Kincaid, hydrogeologist for GeoHydros; Donna Rhoden, public information manager, Port St. Lucie Utility; Nat Reed, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and National Parks, and Doug Smith, Commissioner of District One in Martin County.
“When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water,” Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber, said. “With six million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based data is key to meeting the challenges Florida faces.”