The Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County, Inc. (CWC) announces that it will hold its second Quarterly Public Meeting on Thursday, March 28th, 2019 7:00 p. m. at Community Church, 1901 23rd St, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
The CWC is an organization newly-formed by leaders of several leading environmental, conservation, recreational, and civic organizations in our community. The purpose of the 501(c)(3) charitable organization is to bring the collective impact to the pressing issue of water quality restoration.
The organizers have planned a full agenda including a presentation by featured speaker, Dr. Duane DeFreese, Executive Director of the Indian River Lagoon Council/Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP).
Dr. DeFreese is a leading scientific expert on impacts to the Indian River Lagoon. He was instrumental in helping to secure National Estuary Program designation for the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) in 1990.
In September 2015, Dr. DeFreese was named Executive Director of the cooperative organization that would be awarded official designation as Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (One Lagoon).
As Executive Director of IRLNEP, Duane works with federal, state and local government agencies, scientific research organizations, academic institutions, elected officials, industry, non-profits like CWC, and the general public. The goal of the IRLNEP is to develop and implement a science-based restoration strategy for one of the nation’s most threatened estuarine ecosystems.
Consistent with the IRL/NEP “One Lagoon” strategy, Dr. DeFreese believes a communications “gap” exists between Science, the Public and Government, but it can be filled by organizations like the CWC. It’s is also a great opportunity for regular citizens to band together, to re-engage with their elected government, and effect change for the better.
The presentation will be followed by Q&A, and a short presentation by CWC on the progress we’ve made on the several specific initiatives we are pursuing, including proposed Biosolids legislation, our Septic-to-Sewer initiative, water craft no-discharge enforcement, and proposed tertiary treatment of re-use irrigation water.
CWC board members will also provide an update on the use of Glyphosate (Roundup® Monsanto Technology, LLC).
The last CWC Public Meeting was “standing room only.” The organizers have secured a much larger, and better-equipped facility with ample parking and access thanks to the generosity of Community Church.
For additional information or inquiries, please contact Carter S. D. Taylor, Director, Communications at 772 559-5766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at http://ourwaters.org or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/demandcleanwaters/