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Salty Topics: Lake Okeechobee and Coastal Water Quality

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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center

1800 Weedon Dr NE

St. Petersburg, Florida 33702

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UF/IFAS Extension, FloridaSea Grant: Salty Topics Marine Research Speaker Series. This Spring 2019 series will focus on coastal and marine water quality, an issue of utmost concern for the residents of Pinellas County and the greater Tampa Bay region.

Salty Topics: Lake Okeechobee and coastal water quality: A brief history, current events, and an uncertain future

There is a lot of information and a lot of misinformation on the blue-green algae blooms that have impacted South Florida’s coastal estuaries in recent years. This talk aims to provide clarity on the issues. Dr. Krimsky will speak to the historical context with a focus on drainage in south Florida and Lake Okeechobee management; 2) coastal discharges and an overview of the most recent bloom events; and 3) current and future restoration opportunities. The talk will be followed by adequate time for questions and discussion.

Dr. Lisa Krimsky is a faculty member with the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Florida Sea Grant Program. Lisa is part of a team of five Water Resource Regional Specialized Agents located across the state to lead and support water resource extension education programs. Lisa’s efforts are focused primarily in southeast Florida with a focus on water quality in coastal and estuarine ecosystems. Her programs help solve water resource issues that are critical to the economic development and environmental protection in Florida. Lisa received her PhD in Marine Biosciences from the University of Delaware in 2008 and her BS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30. Please arrive early to enjoy refreshments, meet the organizers, check in, and find your seats. Salty Topics is generously sponsored by the Friends of Weedon Island who support education, preservation, and protection of Weedon Island’s habitat, ecology, and cultural history. Learn more about how you can get involved at http://fowi.org.

Questions or Concerns? Contact Libby Carnahan at (727) 453-6522 or lcarnahan@pinellascounty.org.


Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this class you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Prior to two working days before the class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062 (Voice/TDD).

UF/IFAS Extension is an equal opportunity institution.

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