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Florida Bay Connection

by Pam Wingrove

University of Florida/Monroe County Cooperative Extension

Florida Bay Education Project


The Florida Bay Education Project is sponsoring a one-day workshop titled the "Florida Bay Connection". The workshop is designed to provide the latest information on research and restoration of Florida Bay and the South Florida Ecosystem. Florida Bay is a source of pride, interest and concern for many residents and visitors to Monroe County. Recognized as an integral part of the South Florida Ecosystem, the bay has received increased attention over the past several years due to the ecological problems that are evident there. Many have heard or witnessed first hand the blooms of macro-algae that clog engine's intake and lobster and stone crab traps. Micro-algae blooms have made parts of the bay look like split pea soup at times. Sea grass die-offs, mangrove die-offs and high salinity have all been issues in the bay at some point over the past 10 years. Researchers have geared up and are looking closely at these and other important aspects of the Florida Bay system. Interesting data has been generated and now there is an opportunity for those who are following the ecological developments in Florida Bay to learn the latest information coming out of the research effort

The Florida Bay Connection workshop is scheduled for November 20, 1998 and will begin at 9:00am at the Key Largo branch of the Monroe County Public Library, MM 101.5. The day will feature presentations by Alan Scott, Florida Bay Naturalist with Everglades National Park, on the natural resources and features of Florida Bay. Bill Kruczynski, Water Quality Specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will provide a summary of water quality concerns in the Florida Keys. Paul Dye of The Nature Conservancy will make the connection between Florida Bay issues and the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration effort. Michael Miller, County Horticulture Extension Agent, will feature the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program, sponsored by Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service, in a presentation. Finally, an opportunity to develop personal negotiation skills will be offered through a training program led by Mary Enstrom Warner of The Nature Conservancy. The program will end at 4:00pm. There will be a lunch break and each participant is asked to provide his or her own lunch.

The Florida Bay Connection is free and open to all that are interested in Florida Bay; however, space is limited so call to reserve a spot. Whether you work or play on the Bay this is a great opportunity to connect with this unique natural resource. To register, call the Florida Bay Education Project Office at (305) 853-3592.

For more information contact the Florida Bay Education Project at 305-852-3592. Additional information on a variety of topics is available from the University of Florida/Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service, 5100 College Road, Stock Island or call at 292-4501; fax: 292-4415; email: monroe@mail.ifas.ufl.edu or visit our web site http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu. Our services are free and available to all without regard to race, color, sex, or national origin.


The Florida Bay Education Project is an archived site. For more information go to NOAA's South Florida Ecosystem Education Project at www.aoml.noaa.gov/sfp/outreach.shtml.