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Water Quality Summit Presentations


The Charlotte County Water Quality Summit was held Jan. 29, 2019 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The summit included scientists, researchers, engineers and elected officials discussing water quality issues in Florida, including harmful algal blooms, like red tide and blue-green algae, Everglades restoration and Lake Okeechobee. The summit featured three panels – policy, science and action.

Below are links to the 10 presentations delivered by the panelists and an audio recording of the summit. 

Note: The policy panelists did not use PowerPoint presentations. The audio recordings may not be audible at certain times due to technical issues.

 Audio Recordings

MP3
Part 1 (.mp3)

MP3
Part 2 (.mp3)

MP3
Part 3 (.mp3)


 Science Panel


Kate Hubbard Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Dr. Kate Hubbard’s presentation covered the red tide outbreaks between 2017 and 2019. 

Hubbard is a research scientist with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute. Dr. Hubbard researches red tide blooms, including developing microscopic genetic identification techniques, and serves on rapid response teams deployed in the field to study fish kills or harmful algal blooms.



Cynthia Heil Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Dr. Cynthia Heil’s presentation covered research efforts by Mote Marine Laboratory. 

Dr. Heil is the senior scientist and director of the Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory. Her research focuses on red tide mitigation and the ecology and management of marine and freshwater harmful algal blooms nutrients and water quality.  She served as the Red Tide Group Leader at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute from 2003 to 2010.




Paul Julian Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Dr. Paul Julian’s presentation covered Everglades restoration and water quality projects. 

Dr. Julian manages the water quality team in the Office of Ecosystem Projects for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His group provides technical and policy support on permitting and planning for the Everglades restoration project. Dr. Julian earned his doctorate from the University of Florida’s Soil and Water Sciences program and has 15 years of experience related to water quality, wetlands and aquatic ecosystem science.



Phil Flood Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Phil Flood’s presentation covered the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program, including reservoir storage projects. 

Flood serves as the regional representative in the Ft. Myers Service Center of the South Florida Water Management District and serves as the agency’s legislative liaison advocating natural resource issues with the Florida Legislature. Phil has more than 25 years of resource management experience.



Andy Tilton Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Andy Tilton’s presentation covered the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program. 

Tilton is the director of the water resources market group for Johnson Engineering. He provides quality control on projects under design and permitting such as the Northern Everglades Potential Environmental Storage projects. 
Andy has served as the senior engineer for surface water on many of the firm’s roadway projects for Charlotte County, Lee County and the Florida Department of Transportation.
 

 Action Panel


Kalina Warren Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Kalina Warren’s presentation covered Florida’s multi-agency response to last year’s red tide and blue-green algae outbreaks. 

Warren is the environmental administrator for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration. Ms. Warren manages monitoring activities of field teams collecting samples in south and central Florida.




Dan Rainey Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Don Rainey’s presentation covered best practices in the fertilizer industry and how stormwater runoff carries nutrients in our waterways. 

Rainey is the statewide program coordinator for the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program for the University of Florida Institute for Food & Agricultural Sciences. He teaches the Green Industry-Best Management Practices program for fertilizer applicators.






Terri Lowery Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Terri Lowery's presentation covered septic systems and water quality protection. 

Lowery is senior vice president for Jones Edmunds. She worked with the Florida Water Environment Association Utility Council to develop the Septic to Sewer Guidance Document to assist local governments on making this transition. She has also worked with communities throughout Florida to secure funding for septic-to-sewer projects.



Joe Pepe Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Dr. Joe Pepe’s presentation covered proper septic tank maintenance and the role of the Florida Department of Health in septic tank management.

Pepe is the administrator of the Charlotte County office of the Florida Department of Health. Dr. Pepe holds a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University. He is a professor at Barry University, where he teaches graduate courses in administration.




Betty Staugler Water Quality Summit Charlotte County Presentation
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Betty Staugler’s presentation covered the role of bivalves in helping to clean seawater. 

Staugler is the Florida Sea Grant Agent in Charlotte County from the University of Florida Institute for Food & Agricultural Sciences. Staugler’s work focuses on fisheries, coastal ecosystem health and coastal workforce development. 
She has a master’s degree in environmental science with a focus in estuarine ecology. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the University of Florida’s Water Institute.


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