Indian River Lagoon Symposium

26 March 2013 08:00 AM till 04:30 PM

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Chamber over flow and stand by seating in Commission lobby area
All confrence presentations will be viewed via Live TV broadcast. Stand by seating will be released after first program break.
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General Open Seating Main Commission Chambers
General seating capacity is 170 persons. Please register for Chamber overflow when this is SOLD OUT.
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Student & Teacher Main Commission Chambers
Designated Seating Area Main Commission Chambers. When this seating is full overflow seating will still be available on overflow area.
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Designated Press Table Area inside Main Commission Chambers. Press seating capacity is 7 persons. Please register for Chamber overflow when this is SOLD OUT
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Event Description

Indian River County Lagoon Symposium

March 26th 2013

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8:00 - 8:45            Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:45 – 8:50           Invocation and Pledge


8:50 - 9:00            Welcome Attendees - Recognize Elected Officials

                                Commissioner Tim Zorc


Past and Present Conditions of our Lagoon


9:00 - 9:20            History of lagoon and Indian River Farms Water Control District

David Gunter, Indian River Farms Water Control District


9:20 - 9:40            Present Condition Overview, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

                                Dr. Margaret Leinen, Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and

Assoc. Provost, Marine and Environmental Initiatives Florida Atlantic University (FAU)


Health of Indian River Lagoon

Water quality and discussion of possible manmade pollutants


9:40 - 10:00     Nutrients and Water Quality

                              Brian Laponte, Ph.D. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute – FAU

10:00 – 10:20      Septic Systems

Cheryl Dunn, Director Indian River County Health Department


10:20 – 10:40      Department of Transportation and Municipal Drainage Outfalls

                             Chris Mora, Indian River County Public Works Director


10:40 -   10:55     Break


10:55                  Reconvenes promptly 


Understanding Sea Grasses and the importance to our lagoon's ecosystem


10:55 – 11:15      Sea Grasses in the Indian River Lagoon

                             Dr. Dennis Hanisak, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute - FAU


11:15 – 11:35      Overview of the algal blooms of 2011, the subsequent loss of Sea Grass, and a summary       of other changes in the system

Charles Jacoby, Environmental Scientist, St Johns River Water Management District         (SJWMD)


11:35 – 11:50      Sea Grass Transplanting

                             Drew Campbell Environmental & Marine Consulting Services Inc


11:50 – 12:00     RISSA Rotary Initiative Submerged Sea Grass Awareness

                                 Paul U. Dritenbas, Architect, A.I.A., NCARB, LEED A.P.


12:00 – 12:30      Questions from Audience


12:30 - 1:15         Lunch – On Your Own


                            Café on premises will be offering attendee's option to prepay for lunch during registration.  See menu and order form attached.


Guest Speakers, Press, Teachers and Students will be provided lunch compliments of Tubby's Subs and Bagels in corridor near Commission Chambers


1:15                        Reconvenes promptly


1:15 – 1:25           Environmental Learning Center

                                Holly Dill, Executive Director


Critical Fishery Habitat Loss


1:25 – 1:45           Critical Fishery Habitat Loss & Ecosystems Impacts

Dr. Grant Gilmore


1:45 - 2:05            Lymphosarcoma in Redfin Needlefish

Yasunari Kiryu, Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission



Working together to Find Solutions


2:05 – 2:20           Save the Water Babies- student and citizen scientist

                              Edie Widder, PH. D.  Co-Founder, CEO & Senior Scientist, Ocean Research & Conservation                                 Association (ORCA)   


2:20 – 2:35           Locating sources of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon

Edie Widder, ORCA   


2:35 – 2:45         Coastal Conservation Association of Florida

                               Lange Sykes, CCA Florida President, Treasure Coast Chapter                        


2:45 – 3:00         Break


3:00                        Reconvenes promptly


3:00 – 3:10         Indian River Land Trust Presentation

Ken Grudens Executive Director


3:10 – 3:30           Main relief canals reverse water flow

                                Commissioner Bob Solari and Hector Herrera, SJWMD


3:30 – 3:50           Bethel Creek

                                Michael Walther, P.E., D. CE Coastal Tech


3:45 – 4:00           Indian River Lagoon

Troy Rice, Director, Indian River Lagoon Program, SJWMD


4:00 – 4:15           Indian River Lagoon Coalition "Call to Action"

                                John Orcutt


4:15 - 4:30            Establishing an Indian River Lagoon "Working Group" Coalition  

Commissioner Tim Zorc


4:30 - 5:00            Wrap up and Open Discussion

Commissioner Tim Zorc moderating

Cancellation Policy

Space is limited. If you can not attend please can cancel your registration to make additional seats available. Thank you.


Commission Chambers
1801 27th St.
Vero Beach
United States

P: (772) 226-1440

Save Indian River Lagoon Estuary Now, Inc.
County Commissioner Tim Zorc


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