Community forum in the Keys: “Understanding Nearshore Water Quality and What You Can Do About It

Mote Marine Laboratory will host the community forum “Understanding Nearshore Water Quality and What You Can Do About It,” from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) on Summerland Key.

Attendees can learn about endocrine disrupting compounds in Florida Keys storm water and discover how to get involved with improving water quality in their community. Speakers include Mote Senior Scientist Dr. Rich Pierce, Staff Scientists Dr. Tracy Fanara and Dr. Erinn Muller, and Staff Biologist Cory Walter, and guest speaker Millard McCleary of Reef Relief.
 
“Education, outreach and engagement for enhancing levels of broader community ocean literacy has long been a core mission for Mote Marine Laboratory,” said Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby. “This community forum is an opportunity for Mote’s scientists to share their findings and directly engage the Florida Keys community in finding solutions. These opportunities can be extremely empowering and productive for all parties involved.”
 
Forum topics will include sources and impacts of endocrine disrupting compounds in nearshore waters, Mote citizen scientist opportunities for volunteers in the Keys, and best management practice for stormwater treatment and control.
 
Sneak peek tours of Mote's new IC2R3 facilities will also be given from 5:30 – 6 p.m. Mote is pleased to host this event in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Florida Keys Water Quality Protection Program. Please RSVP as space is limited – https://goo.gl/mZPEUG