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“Listen to the Water” Lecture Series Returns Oct. 19

Post Date:10/13/2016 4:51 PM

Water updateDue to Hurricane Matthew, St. Lucie County rescheduled two of its Listen to the Water lectures, but the series returns Wednesday, Oct. 19.  The weekly series takes place in the St. Lucie County Commission Chambers located at 2300 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

Members of the public are invited to participate in a conversation immediately following. The goal of this series is to help increase understanding and awareness of water issues and discuss how individuals, businesses, ranchers, anglers, students and diverse organizations can take action and be part of the effort to protect and restore our waterways. However, if you are unable to attend, each lecture will be aired live on SLCTV (Comcast 28/U-Verse 99) and streamed live to Facebook (

  • Oct. 19 -- Beyond Triage. The Indian River Lagoon is sick. Both its northern and southern extents have varying culprits contributing to its decline. At the southern end, ‘doctors’ are performing triage, dealing with the urgent and most devastating issue first -- Lake Okeechobee discharges. But once the bleeding is stopped, there is more to do to bring the patient back to health. St. Lucie County Administrator Howard Tipton, Water Quality Manager Patrick Dayan, and Biologist Mike Middlebrook will discuss some of the ways the county, Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce have begun to deal with water issues, and a long-term collaborative plan to restore and protect our rivers.
  • Oct. 26 -- Giving Rise to a Community Vision.Dr. Duane De Freese, executive director of the Indian River Lagoon Council and National Estuary Program, will share his views about how community vision, leadership and investment for the Indian River Lagoon can lead to a unique community brand, economic prosperity and enhanced quality of life. DeFreese will focus on opportunities for St. Lucie County with perspectives gained from a diverse work experience that includes academia, industry and non-profit organizations.
  • Nov. 2 -- We’re All in this Together.Caring for the land and water we depend on for so many things takes a commitment not just from government and industry, but from individuals and organizations who also have an impact and can contribute to restoring the health of our environment. Wayne A. Mills is a former Chairman of Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a 50-year-old organization that faced similar issues we now face with the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. They were successful in bringing the Chesapeake back from the brink of disaster by involving citizens, businesses, farmers and decision makers in the process. Join the discussion and become part of the grassroots efforts to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy.
  • Nov. 16 -- A Gut Reaction.A gut reaction to a situation involves a person's instinct, knowledge and experience. In the Lagoon, however, the concept can be taken literally. An estimated 300,000 septic tanks are found in the five-county area bordering the Lagoon. Many of these were installed decades ago and are now failing and leaching into our waterways. In essence, our waterways then become bio-processors of human waste. Dr. Brian LaPointe, with FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, has been studying effects of septic tanks on water bodies from Hawaii to the Indian River Lagoon and Florida Keys. He’ll explain how septic tanks are contributing significantly to the decline of our rivers and how citizens can support the effort to fix this menacing issue.

For more information call 772-785-5833, e-mail: or visit You can also sign up for updates and watch a live stream on St. Lucie County Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.  Please note: the Commission Chambers is located on the third floor of the Roger Poitras Building on the southeast side of the County Administration Complex.


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