Map, agenda, RSVP here: Join Rep. Patrick Murphy in DC for St. Lucie and IRL briefing, Oct 3

Representative Patrick Murphy (FL-18)

Press release from Congressman Patrick Murphy:

Congressman Patrick Murphy (FL-18) has been working to organize a meeting on Capitol Hill to make sure Congress is paying attention to the serious issues facing the St. Lucie River and Estuary as well as the Indian River Lagoon. This briefing, co-hosted by Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18) and Trey Radel (FL-19) will serve as an opportunity for local stakeholders to make their voices heard by Congress and Administration officials. We will discuss the serious problem Lake Okeechobee discharges are causing, the impacts these releases are having on local communities and economies, and what solutions must be pursued. By bringing together all parties across all levels of government and in the impacted communities, the goal of this briefing is to find ways we can work together towards real solutions to a problem that has gone on for too long.
The briefing will be held on October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.  Please RSVP by Friday, September 27th by clicking http://patrickmurphy.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=350328  The briefing will be live-streamed. If you have additional questions, please call 202-225-3026.

Congressional Briefing on State of St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Waterways

8:30 am to 12:30 pm October 3, 2013 2167 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515

Meet and greet:  8:30 – 9:15

Introductory Remarks:   U.S. Representatives Patrick Murphy and Trey Radel

Panel 1: Federal role

·         Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy  and Steve Kopecky, Florida Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

·         Shannon Estenoz, Director, Everglades Restoration Initiatives, Department of Interior

·         Deputy Under Secretary Anne Mills, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service

·         Dr. Tom Van Lent, Senior Scientist, Everglades Foundation

Questions from Members of Congress

Questions from Community Members

 

Panel 2:  State role

·         Secretary Herschel Vinyard, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

·         Ernie Barnett, Assistant Executive Director of Everglades and Water Resources, South Florida Water Management District

·         Senator Joe Negron, Chair of State Select Committee on the  Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Basin

·         Representative Matt Caldwell, Florida House of Representatives

·         Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Institute

Questions from Members of Congress

Questions from Community Members

 

Panel 3:  Local role

·         Martin County Commissioner Chair Sarah Heard

·         St. Lucie County Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson

·         Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker

·         Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane

·         Mr. Roland Ottolini, Director, Lee County Division of Natural Resources

·         Dr. Brian LaPointe, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University

Questions from Members of Congress

Questions from Community Members

A rally in front of the Capitol building at the House Triangle will follow from 12:45 – 1:30. 

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