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Everglades Foundation CEO speaks at chamber luncheon

By Staff | Mar 27, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Everglades Foundation Chief Executive Officer Eric Eikenburg speaks to members of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce about water quality and quantity problems facing Florida.

Everglades Foundation Chief Executive Officer Eric Eikenburg shared the message of never forgetting the importance of water quality and quantity and remaining engaged in bringing the right solutions at the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce’s members luncheon on March 12 at The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club.

Eikenburg once served as chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr., who authored the landmark $8.4 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. He later became instrumental in the passage of critical state and federal legislation to construct a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee – a key component of CERP.

Eikenburg has been a longtime champion of expediting Everglades restoration. The roughly three million acres of endangered habitat is vital to Florida’s economic and environmental viability. He has also helped bring national and international attention to the algae crisis that threatens the state’s waterways and tourism industry.

“We can’t forget the toxic water that effects our health, the fisheries, real estate and economy,” he said. “I encourage all of you, the business community, to remain engaged in bringing about change.”

The Everglades Foundation has been committed to scientific research with the belief it is the true guide of policy and restoration efforts of the greater Everglades for the past 25 years. It works to conduct world-class research in water quality, economics, hydrology, wetland ecology and engineering. It has a team of eight doctorates on staff.

For more information, visit evergladesfoundation.org.