Exploring the Devastating Economic Impacts of Water Quality on Southwest Florida: A Presentation by Matt DePaolis of Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
April 6 Discussion: How Water Quality Affects the Economy | News, Sports, Jobs

The League of Women Voters of Lee County is hosting an event titled “The Economic Impacts of Water Quality” and invites both the public and League members to attend. The discussion will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Collaboratory at 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers. Attendees have the option to participate in person or via Zoom.

To register for the event, individuals can visit Eventbrite, email lwvlee@lwvlee.org, or call 239-278-1032. The presentation will be given by Matt DePaolis, the environmental policy director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). DePaolis will be presenting the economic impact findings from a recent study on the Impacts of Water Quality on Southwest Florida Economy and provide recommendations for policy advocacy and community engagement.

The study was conducted by Greene Economics on behalf of Captains for Clean Water, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and SCCF. The findings highlighted the devastating economic consequences of Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) in Lee County alone, resulting in $195 million in recreational and commercial fishing revenues and expenditures lost, with an estimated 24,808 potential jobs lost and $3 billion in lost output. Additionally, property values were estimated to decrease by $3.8 billion, resulting in $21.4 million in lost property tax revenue, and non-market recreation losses were estimated at $5.3 billion.

DePaolis’ background in environmental science and marine biology makes him uniquely positioned to translate cutting edge science into effective policy through advocacy. His experience includes field biology work in Florida, the Bahamas, and Guyana; a master’s degree in marine biology; a JD with a focus on ocean and coastal law from University of Oregon; coastal policy analysis; climate litigation; fisheries policy; marine plastic pollution solutions

By Eleanor Harrison

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