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The Economic Impact of Water Quality on Lee County: A Presentation by the League of Women Voters of Lee County and Matt DePaolis

April 6 Discussion: How Water Quality Affects the Economy | News, Sports, Jobs

The Economic Impact of Water Quality on Lee County: A Presentation by the League of Women Voters of Lee County and Matt DePaolis

The League of Women Voters of Lee County is hosting an event titled “The Impacts of Water Quality on the Economy” and welcomes both the public and League members to attend. The discussion will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Collaboratory at 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers. Attendees have the option to participate in person or via Zoom.

To register for the event, individuals can visit Eventbrite, email lwvlee@lwvlee.org, or call 239-278-1032. The presentation will be given by Matt DePaolis, the environmental policy director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. DePaolis will be presenting the economic impact findings from the recent study on the Impacts of Water Quality on the Southwest Florida Economy, as well as providing recommendations for policy advocacy and community engagement.

Matt DePaolis is uniquely positioned to translate cutting edge science into effective policy through advocacy due to his background in environmental and marine biology and his experience working on coastal policy analysis, climate litigation, fisheries policy, and marine plastic pollution solutions prior to joining SCCF. He has conducted field biology work in Florida, the Bahamas, and Guyana and holds a master’s degree in marine biology and a JD with a focus on ocean and coastal law from University of Oregon.

The study was conducted by Greene Economics on behalf of Captains for Clean Water, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation found that Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB) had devastating economic consequences in Lee County alone losses from a single HAB event totaled $195 million in recreational and commercial fishing revenues and expenditures with an estimated 24,808 potential jobs lost resulting in $3 billion in lost output Property values were estimated to decrease by $3

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