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By Staff | Jan 23, 2019


The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation will host “Evenings at the Homestead: The Water Crisis Updated for 2019” on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the pavilion at the Bailey Homestead Preserve.

Whether you lived through the water quality crisis that reached a crescendo in the summer or followed the national news coverage remotely, the presentation is an opportunity to hear from those who worked on the front lines. The speakers will address the red ride in the Gulf of Mexico, the toxic, freshwater blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee, and the devastating effects on marine life and coastal economy.

Learn about what happened from a scientific, policy and business perspective, the formation and recovery of a dead zone offshore in the Gulf, and steps the public can take to prevent and minimize future disturbances to regional water quality. It will also provide new information on the continuing water quality challenges, and ways in which the changes in Florida’s political leadership may effect SCCF’s policy outreach.

There will be presentations and a panel discussion with:

– Rae Ann Wessel, SCCF Natural Resource policy director

– Dr. Eric Milbrandt, SCCF Marine Lab director

– James Evans, director of Natural Resources for the city of Sanibel

– Dr. Rick Bartleson, SCCF research scientist

– Kelly Sloan, SCCF Sea Turtle Program coordinator

Refreshments will be available at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact the SCCF at 239-472-2329.

The Bailey Homestead Preserve is at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.