The issues of the Indian River Lagoon are difficult and often leave me feeling exasperated, but yesterday I was totally inspired! FAU Harbor Branch’s (http://fau.edu/hboi/) Indian River Lagoon Symposium was an uplifting experience. I have attended before as I previously sat on the foundation board, nonetheless, yesterday seemed better than ever and the enormous auditorium was completely full.
Because one of the goals of the symposium is “to promote participation of university students and new scientists,” many young people were presenting. I have never seen such diverse and wide-spread geographic participation. Excellent!
As a former teacher, I value public speaking training immensely. The best scientists are those who can communicate their work in simple terms to the public. Well I’m telling you, these young people coming up know how to tell their IRL story.
I enjoyed everything, but was most inspired by a couple of university students from Bethune-Cookman University https://www.cookman.edu/ in Daytona. The title of their presentation was “Integrating Construction of a Treatment Wetland to Reduce Nutrient Loading From Stormwater Runoff into Coastal Waters.” ~Particularly important as this is a densely populated area, polluting the Halifax River, located just north of the Ponce Inlet. Of course the Indian River Lagoon is 156 miles long and covers more than 40% of Florida’s east coast. The IRL affects all of us! Thank you to Harbor Branch for inspiring me, and a whole new generation of students!
~Please check out the program schedule below.
FAU, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute:
Link to program schedule below:
~IRL Symposium Schedules, 2012-2018:
The Indian River Lagoon Symposium (IRLS) is the result of a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing Indian River Lagoon science and its application to management of the lagoon. The symposium is open to scientists, decision makers, students, education and outreach professionals, and the interested public. The intent is to facilitate better communication among these groups so that the gaps between research and its application can be narrowed.
The goals of the symposium are to:
Provide a forum to disseminate current knowledge of the IRL and its management
Foster collaborations and discussions among scientists, students, education and outreach professionals, and decision makers
Promote participation of university students and new scientists
Provide results and discussions that can be used to inform policy related to management of the IRL