Experts address the water quality of the ocean and bay in the Keys

April 16, 2014 

Several of South Florida's environmental experts speak at two local forums April 16 and next week titled "Keys Water Quality: The Buck Stops Here."

The free sessions, hosted by the Key West-based Last Stand environmental group and the Everglades Law Center in Coral Gables, feature speakers on water quality, hydrology and coral reefs who will detail the state of water in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bay.

The free two-hour forums start at 6:30 p.m. today at the Key Largo library's community room in Trade Winds Plaza at mile marker 101.4, and at 6:30 p.m. April 22 in Key West at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 33 E. Quay Road, at the foot of Southard Street at the Truman Waterfront.

Topics cover issues including climate change, pollution sources and habitat loss.

Scheduled speakers include Jerry Lorenz, research director for Audubon Florida; Billy Causey, regional director for the National Marine Sanctuaries program; Bob Johnson, director of the South Florida Natural Resources Center in Everglades National Park; Tom Van Lent, science director for the Everglades Foundation; and Andrew Baker, associate professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.

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