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We’re pleased to announce that Captains For Clean Water has partnered with Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to execute a study that focuses on the economic impacts of harmful water-quality events (like Harmful Algal Blooms) and degraded water quality on the southwest Florida economy.

With increased rainfall this dry season and higher than average Lake Okeechobee levels, there is potential for a poor water quality event in the coming months. The intent of this study was to create a beneficial resource moving forward because it not only confirms that these negative water quality events have clear quantifiable impacts on both the local and the regional economy, but it also establishes a framework to evaluate future economic impacts from a variety of water-quality scenarios.

The study and its findings were discussed publicly for the first time this morning, at a press conference in Fort Myers Beach.

Read the full press release here

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