The evidence is undeniable: Some 97 percent of the water coming into Lake Okeechobee from the north -- particularly from the Kissimmee area -- show the lake's contaminated water originates on the highly developed northwest side of the Everglades' headwaters. And this has been devastating to so much of Florida life, particularly to our too-lightly regarded coral reefs.
On the heels of a landmark 30-year study
of ailing Florida Keys coral, the Florida Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released the latest in its series of educational water videos
showing nutrient-supercharged water from as far north as Orlando contributes significantly to the harmful impacts on our coral reefs.
The just-released coral research, and the Florida Chamber’s 11th in a series of educational water videos, were led by top FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professor Brian Lapointe, Ph.D.
“When it comes to securing Florida’s future, there are few issues more important than water,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber. “With 4.5 million more people expected to call Florida home by 2030, science-based data is key to meeting the challenges Florida faces.”
Dale Gawlik, PH.D., Professor and Director of Environmental Science, Florida Atlantic University
Nyla Pipes, Executive Director, One Florida Foundation
Tommy Strowd, P.E., Director of Operations & Maintenance, Lake Worth Drainage District
Newton Cook, President, United Waterfowlers Florida
Jeff Couch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Bill Louda, PH.D., Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Marty McKenna, citrus grower
to view the entire series of educational water videos.