Abundant clean water is the foundation of our region’s environment, quality of life and economy.
Our very existence depends on water for everyday consumption, commerce, recreation and the overall economic vitality of the region. Many of our natural treasures also rely on clean water - our beaches, marine life, wildlife, sea grasses and mangroves.
The threats to Southwest Florida’s water resources are ever-changing and becoming more complex. It is critical that we all work together to help protect these waterways now and for generations to come.
Guests will meet and hear from three very powerful and experienced water experts, Dr. Billy Causey, Dr. David Guggenheim and David Guest while enjoying a delicious lunch at the Conservancy Nature Center.
Water is the lifeblood of Florida. Together we can make a difference.
Dr. Billy Causey is the Southeast Regional Director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. He has managed sanctuaries in the Florida Keys since 1983, when he became the manager of the Looe Key Sanctuary. Dr. Causey was the lead NOAA official in the development of the management plan for the Keys Sanctuary and he was responsible for establishing the first comprehensive marine zoning plan for the United States.
Dr. Causey’s academic interests include coral reef ecology, coral reef fishes, sustainable management, regional connectivity, ecosystem-based management, marine zoning, climate change and marine policy. In addition, he has been an agency lead and founding participant in the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Project.
Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, submarine pilot, ocean explorer and educator. He is president and founder of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, Ocean Doctor.
Dr. Guggenheim directs Cuba Conservancy, an Ocean Doctor Program. This is Dr. Guggenheim’s 15th year of leading research and conservation efforts in Cuba focused on coral reefs and sea turtles, in a joint effort with the University of Havana. He was also the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s President & CEO from 1996 to 2000.
David Guest has tried scores of environmental cases in federal and state courts over the past 30 years. His cases focused on the Clean Water Act, fisheries, sea turtles, manatees, off-shore oil drilling, water rights, water boundaries, navigable waters, climate change, and state and federal constitutional law.
Guest received his law degree in 1978 from the University of Chicago Law School and headed the Florida office of Earthjustice from 1990 to 2016. His countless legal battles were, in one way or another, all about water. His motivation to protect Florida’s water came from years of running boats in the state’s rivers and lakes, which convinced him that waterways are many people’s spiritual connection to nature.
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