Watch live-streaming here: D.C. briefing on state of the St. Lucie / Caloosahatchee Waterways

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, agenda below. 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.

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 Steven Kopecky, South 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

· Thomas MacVicar, MacVicar Consulting, Inc.

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

· Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, Florida House of Representatives – District 78

· Representative Matt Caldwell, Florida House of Representatives – District 79

· Mark Perry, Executive Director, Florida Oceanographic Society

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

· Mayor Kevin Ruane, Sanibel, Florida

· Todd J. Bonlarron, Legislative Affairs, Palm Beach County

· 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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