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Roundtable event invites public to help solve pressing issues in Florida’s waters

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This August in St. Pete, some of the state’s most respected and influential voices are coming together to share their vision for saving Florida’s water. “Our Bay, Our Future” is a panel and roundtable discussion hosted by Ocean Conservancy on Wednesday, August 24, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the St. Petersburg College STEM Center.

Our Bay, Our Future will feature five speakers with various areas of expertise as it pertains to Tampa Bay and the surrounding waterways. This roundtable discussion with local advocacy, science and policy experts will address the biggest issues facing Florida’s water quality, including red tide, harmful algae blooms, and sea level rise.

During the evening, speakers will discuss the environmental problems facing Tampa Bay, outline key solutions, and encourage everyone to leave with their own individual action plans on how they can contribute to making our bay bountiful and life-sustaining for future generations to come.

The goal of the roundtable is not only to identify problems, but to offer solutions and drive action in the fight to preserve Florida’s waters. Speakers include:

  • J.P. Brooker (Director of Florida Conservation, Ocean Conservancy)
  • Peter Clark (President and Founder of Tampa Bay Watch)
  • Dr. Kate Hubbard (Director of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission center for Red Tide Research)
  • Justin Tramble (Executive Director of Tampa Bay Waterkeeper)
  • Ed Sherwood (Executive Director of Tampa Bay Estuary Program).

Check-in for the event begins at 5:45 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m., with the roundtable program and audience Q&A, followed by a meet-and-greet reception at 7:30 pm including food and beverage. The event is open to the public.

Ocean Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization that envisions “a healthier ocean, protected by a more just world.” The organization works with partners all over to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges, creating evidence-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

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