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SCCF’s Wessel heading to D.C. for River Action Day

By Staff | May 12, 2009

There will be no “First Mondays: Policy at SCCF” in June as SCCF Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel will be heading to Washington, D.C. the end of this month for the 2009 River Rally and River Action Day.

Wessel has participated in the annual lobby day organized by the national non-profit American Rivers for the past two years. The event involves hundreds of river advocates from across the nation.

In past years Wessel visited the offices of Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez and Representatives Connie Mack and Tim Mahoney as well as leaders from other states. Issues covered included Everglades Restoration, the Sewage Right to Know Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation and the Clean Waters Restoration Act.

Wessel received a generous scholarship from River Network to offset the majority of the trip’s expenses, which will allow her to participate in both the educational workshops of River Network’s 10th Annual River Rally in Baltimore, Md. and American Rivers River Action Day in Washington, D.C.

River Network is a national non-profit founded in 1988 that partners with local organizations to preserve and restore clean and healthy waters nationwide.

River Action Day is sponsored by the nonprofit American Rivers, founded in 1973, and dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy natural rivers for the benefit of communities, fish and wildlife. American Rivers has over 60,000 supporters nationwide, with staff in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions. Learn more at www.AmericanRivers.org.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around Sanibel and Captiva through environmental education, land acquisition, landscaping for wildlife, marine research, natural resource policy, sea turtle conservation and wildlife habitat management. As part of the SCCF Marine Laboratory’s work, real-time water quality data from the SCCF RECON (River, Estuary & Coastal Observing Network) sensors can be found at http://www.recon.sccf.org. Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions makes this work possible.