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June MDC Monthly Lecture Focuses On Water Quality

Jun 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

Water quality in the Indian River Lagoon.

The MDC lecture scheduled for Thursday, June 16, will give the public a chance to hear mini-presentations by five different speakers examining water-quality issues and to ask questions following the presentations.

Mallory Brooks, Project H2O Coordinator, will deliver the opening overview discussing, “What the Lagoon Means To You.” Project H2O was formed to help various entities work together and network regarding the health and issues affecting our lagoon, rivers, lakes, springs and the Atlantic Ocean.

Annie Roddenberry of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discuss water quality data gathered from the Indian River Lagoon through the Adopt-An-Estuary program. That program uses the services of citizen scientists to regularly collect water samples from different sites in local waters. Their data is then used and evaluated on a state level.

Local registered nurse Rachel Truxall recently completed a graduate study on how water quality in the Indian River Lagoon affects human health. Through her research, she learned that algal blooms in the lagoon have a direct correlation with illness for humans.

Two graduate students at Bethune-Cookman University will also present their research findings for current projects focused in the lagoon.

Philip Bellamy, of Miami, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and is now enrolled in BCU’s Integrated Environmental Science graduate program. His primary interest is in the field of wetland science with an emphasis in Geographic Information Services (GIS). Bellamy will discuss “GIS As A Tool to Assess Stormwater Runoff.”

Andrea Orozco of Cancun, Mexico, also a BCU graduate student, will present on the“Effectiveness of Living Shorelines at Controlling Non-point Source Pollution and as a Tool for Public Education along the Mosquito Lagoon.” Orozco is currently working as an intern at the Marine Discovery Center and is involved with a project to help local citizens learn how to convert their shorelines into living shorelines.

The lecture presentations begin at 6 p.m., and are open to the public at no charge. No reservations are necessary.