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Environmentalists to Army Corps: Reservoir to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges won't work - TCPalme (February 25, 2020)

FGCU holding workshop on wetlands mitigating harmful algae blooms- WINK TV (February 20, 2020

Researcher Proposes Using 'Wetlaculture' to Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms - WGCU (February 14, 2020)

Blue-green algae in the Caloosahatchee River at the beginning of Summer, 2018

Bill Mitsch is on Beach Talk Radio - Beach Talk Radio (February 8, 2020)

Bill on the radio

Florida's war on weeds is killing fish and supercharging red tide, opponents say—CNN (February 7, 2020)

Could we have a clean Estero Bay again? FGCU's Cela Tega conference offered a toolkit of ideas Ft Myers New-Press (January 25, 2020)

Bill Mitsch presented “Troubled Waters: Sea turtles, plastics, red tide, Everglades, misguided water policies in south Florida, and wetlaculture" in 2020 Cela Tega conference —The Estero Bay is in trouble and what residents can do to help. (January 25, 2020 FGCU, Ft. Myers, FL (January 25, 2020)

Bill Mitsch

FGCU wetlands professor blasts Trump water rules, calls for citizen actionThe Paradise Progressive (January 24, 2020)

North Naples, FL (January 13, 2020)—EWRP Director Bill Mitsch presented "Sustainably solving wetland loss and harmful algal blooms (HABs) with created wetlands and wetlaculture” to the Seven Sisters of Southwest Florida luncheon at Pelican Isle Yacht Club, Naples, FL on Monday January 13, 2020. Dr. Mitsch’s lecture covered his lab’s wetland research in SW Florida and Ohio and introduced the concept of Wetlaculture. About 70 participants attended the luncheon and Prof. Mitsch’s lecture. Many were alumnae of one of the seven sister universities. According to wikipedia "The Seven Sisters are seven highly selective and prestigious liberal arts colleges in the Northeastern United States that are historically women's colleges. Five of the seven institutions continue to offer all-female undergraduate programs: Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and Wellesley College. Vassar College has been co-educational since 1969. Radcliffe College shared common and overlapping history with Harvard College from the time it was founded as "the Harvard Annex" in 1879. Harvard and Radcliffe effectively merged in 1977, but Radcliffe continued to be the sponsoring college for women at Harvard until its dissolution in 1999. Barnard College was Columbia University's women's liberal arts undergraduate college until its all-male coordinate school Columbia College went co-ed in 1983; to this day, Barnard continues to be a women's undergraduate college affiliated with Columbia.”

Seven Sisters Event

Seven Sisters Event

Seven Sisters Event

Naples, FL (January 8, 2020)—Our preview showing of the movie "Troubled Waters: A Turtle's Tale,” a production of WLRN public TV in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale was a great success on Wednesday evening January 8, 2020 at the Everglades Wetland Research Park. A full-house of 150 attended and they gave an enthusiastic applause at the end of the movie. The movie features actor and ocean activist Ted Danson and is narrated by Peter Coyote. It take a critical look at the effects of global warming, water pollution and our “throw-away” plastic lifestyle on sea turtles and inevitably on ourselves. Some reviews we received on social media:

1. Was a wonderful evening - everyone should see this movie, and then spread the word! Thanks for all you're doing Bill to shine the light on these important issues.

2. Fabulous!

3. Thanks so much for the invitation tonight. We both truly enjoyed it & I know April 20th will be a day to remember.

4. Thank you for a most informative (and a bit emotional 😢) program last evening!

5. ….'Troubled Waters' should be a required viewing for all of us in U.S.A working in Environmental Health areas….

6. I wanted to express to you again how much I enjoyed the film and look forward to sharing it with my friends and family this April!

7. One of the most powerful films I've seen. A cinematic Silent Spring”

Distinguished visitors included several of our EWRP advisory committee members, FGCU Dean of Engineering Richard Behr, Ph.D., and the new Director of Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Lisa Korte, Ph.D. We have been told by the movie director in Miami that this will be broadcast around the country on April 20 on PBS TV stations to celebrate 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Toubled Waters Movie Event

Toubled Waters Movie Event