Jennifer Hecker

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is hosting a special Evenings at the Conservancy program, The Ripple Effect of Polluted Water Releases, on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The free program will be held at the Jeannie Meg Smith Theater inside Eaton Conservation Hall at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way in Naples.

As polluted water released from Lake Okeechobee continues to rush down the Caloosahatchee River, the dark dirty water plagues Southwest Florida beaches and threatens the region’s quality of life. The water crisis has many asking the Conservancy of Southwest Florida: What is causing the problem? What can be done? How can I help?

Conservancy Director of Natural Resource Policy, Jennifer Hecker, will lead a discussion to help the community understand more about the nature of the current crisis, outline the Conservancy’s advocacy points, and share what individuals can do at the local level.

“Educating the community about the ripple effect of our polluted waters is a big part of our mission to protect our land, water and wildlife, so we are inviting the public to attend, free of charge,” said Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher. “Our hope is that attendees will gain a better understanding of the history, the current and future concerns, proposed solutions and how to help.”

Reservations are required. Programs often sell out and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by email to Sophia Navarra at SophiaN@conservancy.org or call 239.403.4207. Free refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about the Conservancy’s Water Quality Efforts, visit www.conservancy.org/our-work/policy/water-quality.

The Evenings at the Conservancy lecture series is sponsored by Arthrex, Vi at Bentley Village and Florida Power and Light.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50 year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.