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RED TIDE SYMPOSIUM

Sponsored by Bocilla Islands Conservancy, Inc. (BICI) and Palm Island Estates Association (PIE)

October 23, 2018 – Clubhouse at Palm Island Resort

"Captain Planet" visits our Conservation Properties

Following Red Tide Symposium Oct. 23, 2018

RECAP OF RED TIDE SYMPOSIUM

Sponsored by Bocilla Islands Conservancy, Inc. (BICI) and Palm Island Estates Association (PIE)

October 23, 2018 – Clubhouse at Palm Island Resort – Approximately 65 attended.

 

Speakers: Nicole Ladevaia, Environmental Specialist, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) and Garrett Stewart – Captain Planet Project, and the Eco Preservation Project

 

 

The presentation was very interesting and detailed regarding their programs and how they are interwoven with improving water quality, restoring wetlands, managing storm water runoff, etc. and how it affects red tide and green algae.

 

CHNEP covers the entire watershed area for Charlotte Harbor (4,700 square miles) - from the headwaters of the Peace, Myakka and Caloosahatchee Rivers in Polk, Hardee and DeSoto Counties, including all the creeks and sloughs that drain into them – also Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound and Estero Bay. Please refer to web site www.chnep.org for full information

 

 

Nicole stated Red Tide is not caused by only one component and every person, business (including agriculture, phosphate mining, big vegetable farms, cattle ranches and big sugar) and government entity contribute in their own way to cause water pollution and red tide. So we all need to work together – she outlined the following ways we as individual citizens can help

1. Become politically active – vote, attend local government meetings with a positive attitude, write letters to government officials, support tax dollars being spent on restoration programs, purchasing wet lands, funding governmental monitoring and enforcement programs, etc.

2. Limit the amount of fertilizer and chemicals (weed killers) that are applied to our lawns, or eliminate them entirely.

3. Pick up pet waste – approximately 5 tons a day are deposited in the CHNEP area.

4. If you use a septic system have it checked annually.

5. Stop using plastic bags, straws, Styrofoam containers, etc.

6. Support local organization, i.e., BICI, who is purchasing lands to be preserved for wild life and water filtration and retention.

7. Volunteer

Garrett Stewart – Captain Planet Project, Eco Preservation Project.

Goggle: Captain Planet Project and Eco Preservation Project and you will find a wealth of information

Garrett – emphasized also that there are many causes for red tide and green algae and we have to stop pointing fingers, but find cures – this means stop polluting, cleaning up the water and protecting healthy aquatic plants, especially sea grasses and oyster beds. He has proposed a project in Lake 0 – An Aquatic Plant Farm (reference web page)

His talk was packed with facts and figures about pollution, not only in our area of Florida but in other parts of the world, and you are encouraged to reference his web page and follow him on facebook.

Points of Light Volunteer Program

Family Event

September 3, 2018

Learning about invasive plants