Moderated by Irela Bagué, President of Bagué Group and the Co-Vice Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Resilience Committee, Resilient H2O set out to discuss the health of the Bay, its importance to Miami-Dade County’s economy, and the solutions to restoring the bay. Providing expertise on regional Everglades ecosystem restoration and water management, our very own Dr. Steve Davis, Senior Wetland Ecologist and Communications Director was joined by Col. Andrew Kelly, Commander and District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District and John Mitnik, Chief District Engineer, South Florida Water Management District. Representing local government, Susanne Torriente, Assistant City Manager and Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Miami Beach and Steve Williamson, Director of Capital Improvements for City of Miami.
“What I hope people learned is that the challenges facing Biscayne Bay cannot be resolved entirely by Everglades restoration projects like Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands. It will take a combination of local and regional projects and aggressive action on improving water quality—especially in the upper bay. By restoring the pattern of freshwater flow in the lower bay, we can begin to improve nearshore salinity patterns and habitats in and around Biscayne National Park,” said Dr. Steve Davis.
The event was hosted at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Miami, and kicked off with opening remarks by Anabel Evora, Senior Director of Development at The Everglades Foundation, and Baldwyn English, Area Manager of Miami-Dade’s External Affairs, Florida Power and Light (FPL) – a testament to the collaboration surrounding environmental initiatives in the Sunshine State.
The Everglades Foundation was the presenting sponsor at the event, FPL was the gold level sponsor, and silver level sponsors included Black & Veatch, Gannet Fleming, Hazen and Sawyer Consulting.
To learn more about the benefits of Everglades restoration, visit evergladesfoundation.org
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