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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary surrounds the island chain. Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee will meet virtually 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on September 23, 2020, with participation from Sanctuary Advisory Council members. The meeting will include reviewing and collecting input on water quality priorities related to topics such as South Florida regional influences, tidal flooding and climate, wastewater, stormwater, canal restoration, sargassum and organic debris, marinas and liveaboards, and emerging pollutant threats. Discussion will also include next steps for developing and implementing action plans.

The Water Quality Protection Program, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with NOAA, is a collaborative effort by federal, state and local governments, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, academics and local citizens to protect and improve water quality, coral reefs, seagrasses, fisheries, and recreational opportunities.

An agenda and other supporting materials will be posted at ocean.floridamarine.org/FKNMS_WQPP/steering.htm. Oral public comment is limited to three minutes and will be accepted at 2:10 p.m. In order to provide oral public comment, you must join the webinar online.

WHAT:         Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee Meeting

WHEN:            September 23, 2020, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

WHERE:         attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4906286274533214991, ID 718-429-067

WHO:              Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee

Contacts:

Karen Bohnsack, 305-304-2196, [email protected] 

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