The public forum on water quality and environmental issues previously scheduled for October 2022 has been rescheduled. The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is hosting a townhall-style public forum on Greater Estero’s water quality and environmental policies and solutions at FGCU’s Water School on Wednesday, January 25, starting at 6:00 p.m
The forum consists of four local experts on water and environmental issues in Southwest Florida and the Estero metropolitan area. A panel discussion will focus on current and future threats to our community’s environment, scientific information on the causes of these threats, and specific initiatives to reduce negative impacts on local water quality.
In-person attendance is limited, so ECCL will live stream and record the event so everyone can benefit from the knowledge presented. Visit esterotoday.com/waterforum for RSVP and streaming information.
Panel speakers include:
John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper Emeritus
John’s career as an ecologist began here in Lee County in 1978 after receiving degrees in biology and fish and wildlife. From 1978 to 2014 he worked as a resource manager for the local government, managing the waterways of Southwest Florida. In November 2016, John accepted the position of Calusa Waterkeeper, a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance. He is an author of peer-reviewed scholarly publications and popular media sources on resource management, history, water policy, and conservation issues.
Matt DePaolis, Environmental Policy Director, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF)
Matt holds a master’s degree in marine biology and a Juris Doctorate with environmental, marine and coastal law certificates from the University of Oregon. His strong scientific and environmental legal background assists in leading the policy team and advancing policy development needed to improve water quality and protect our natural resources. As SCCF’s Director of Environmental Policy, he brings his combined expertise in environmental law and marine biology to an organization that bases its policy and advocacy efforts on science.
Before joining CSS, DePaolis researched for the United Nations on climate disputes and fisheries policy issues. While in Oregon, he served as a legal associate at the Wild Salmon Center, evaluating regulations protecting stream water quality.
Bob Moore, co-chair of the Sanibel-Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group
Throughout his career, Bob has focused on bringing diverse stakeholders together to solve complex problems and now brings that experience to his consulting and volunteer work. Bob is co-chair of the Sanibel-Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group, a coalition of local organizations focused on advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy to improve resilience and reduce energy costs. He also volunteers with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the Environmental Committee.
Greg Tolley, Executive Director of FGCU’s Water School
Greg Tolley is Professor of Marine Sciences and Executive Director of the Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University.
He is the author of publications on marine ecology and the impact of freshwater inflows on estuaries. Tolley has worked in Southwest Florida for over two decades to build capacity and focus university research on coastal environments and aquatic resource conservation. He has held several senior positions at FGCU, including Chair of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Coastal Watershed Institute.
For more information, contact Jim Gilmartin at 630-337-9900 or [email protected] ¦
— The Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) is a voluntary, nonpartisan, nonpolitical, IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to advocate for meaningful changes that maintain and improve the high quality of life in the Estero metropolitan area. www.esterotoday.com