SCCF, partner to host panel on reservoir
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Everglades Foundation will host a virtual panel discussion exploring the benefits of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir on Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The program will be moderated by SCCF Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera.
The panel will include: Steve Davis, Ph.D., vice president of Communications and Engagement and senior ecologist for the Everglades Foundation; Capt. Daniel Andrews, co-founder and executive director of Captains for Clean Water; Marisa Carrozzo, Everglades and water policy manager for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida; and James Evans, environmental policy director with SCCF.
The EAA Reservoir was one of the original Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects conditionally authorized by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act of 2000.
A vital component of Everglades restoration, it is the only project that will provide the dual benefits of reducing damaging discharges to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries and restoring freshwater flows to the Everglades and Florida Bay, according to the SCCF. It will reduce the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the estuaries by more than 55 percent and almost double freshwater flows south to the central Everglades.
The project has had a long history filled with uncertainty and mired in litigation, politics and the state’s plan to acquire U.S. Sugar’s lands and assets. It was not until 2018, when the coastal communities of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries were devastated by algal blooms, including blue-green algae and red tide, that the state made the project a top priority.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/everglades-update-benefits-of-the-everglades-agricultural-area-reservoir-tickets-137979978831.