Cela Tega 2020
"The Estero Bay is in trouble: What Citizens can do to help"
Saturday, January 25th 2020
Cohen Center Ballroom 8AM to 8PM (map)
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL 33965
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nora Demers, conference organizer at email@example.com or 239-590-7211.
Cela Tega is the southwest Florida native (i.e.: Calusa) term for "A view from high ground." We used it here to symbolize "overview."
Join us for dinner featuring Craig Pittman, Investigative Journalist discussing his most recent book, "Cat Tales."
Registration is required for this fundraising event.
Please use the "Conference Registration" button directly below to confirm your reservation.
The program is one which should be of interest to all residents of Southwest Florida, especially to our residents who want to help effect positive change in the health of the Estero Bay Region. We have long been aware of the problems of excess nutrients in out waters. The red tide and cyanobacteria blooms of 2018 brought the issue to the forefront of our collective minds. Our beaches were littered with dead sea life; our rivers were full of a blue-green algae bloom that was releasing toxins into the environment, and likely fueling red tide even further. The economic vitality of the region is based on a healthy environment for visitors and residents alike. The need to address these problems has never been more immediate. Attendees to this conference will hear from experts in science, policy and civic engagement. Our goal is to help residents obtain the knowledge, information and skills to be a positive influence in addressing these issues.
2020 Conference Agenda
Please join us for conference check-in between 8:00-8:25 for breakfast and networking
- Session I - What We Can Do to Reduce Harmful Algae Blooms
- Jennifer Hecker, Executive Director for Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP):
Tracking and Reducing the Nutrient Pollution that fuelsHABs
- Ernesto de la Vega, Lee County Hyacinth Control District (LCHCD):
Unintended Consequences of the Fertilizer Ordinance on Lee County Storm Water Ponds
- Serge Thomas, Aquatic Ecologist, Florida Gulf Coast University:
Storm water retention ponds- research and management
- Marisa Carrozzo, Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
Making the case for a statewide stormwater rule
- Q&A for panel
- Session II - Moving Water to Help Our Wetlands, Estuaries, and Habitat Restoration
- Dr. Bill Mitsch, Kapnick Everglades Wetlands Research Park:
Troubled Waters: Sea turtles, plastics, red tide, Everglades, wetlands,wetlaculture and misguided policies in south Florida
- Dr. Shawn Clem, Research Director for Audubon Florida:
The increasingly important role of inland wetlands in a developed landscape
- Brad Cornell, Southwest Florida Policy Associate, Audubon Florida:
South Lee County Watershed Initiative
- Nicole Iadevaia, Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Program (CHNEP):
CHNEP Habitat Restoration Needs Plan for Estero Bay
- Q&A for panel
- Keynote speaker, Mr Ralf Brooks, JD:
"We are all in the same boat"*
* Jacque Cousteau "The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat."
- Session III - Policy
- Phil Flood, Legislative Liaison, Regional Representative Ft. Myers Service Center of SFWMD:
Public Input to the South Florida Water Management District
- Panel Q & A
- Session IV- Public Participation
- Clara Anne Graham, League of Women Voters:
Turning Information into Action
- Maggy Hurchalla, Miz Lioness the aging icon:
Can You be Sued for Trying to Save the World?
- Nora Demers, Advisory Board(s) member:
Public participation on advisory boards, Opportunities and experiences
- Savannah Lacy, P.E. Lake Okeechobee Basin Manager US Army Corps of Engineers (Jacksonville Division):
Public participation with the Army Corps of Engineers
- Panel Q & A
- Time: 10:30-10:55 AM - Networking Break
- Time: 3:00-3:15 - Networking Break
- Jan 26th 12:30-4:00 PM M/V River Queen Caloosahatchee River Tour
- Gather at 12:30 PM at Sweetwater Landing Marina, 16991 FL-31, Fort Myers, FL 33905
Note: Registration for the field trip is part of the conference registration form.
Cela Tega 2020 Conference Sponsors