News-Press Hosting SWFL Water Summit

May 7, 2018

The Fort Myers News-Press is presenting a summit this Friday in Bonita Springs on the many water issues Southwest Florida faces.

The 2018 Save Our Water Summit is the second such event the paper has hosted in recent years.


To say that water is important to this region’s economy would be a huge understatement. From the tourism-driven economy, which relies on clean water for things, like boating, fishing and beach-going, to Florida's agriculture economy, which relies on water to grow the wide variety of crops that come out of this area, the need to strike the right balance seems like a never-ending challenge.


Catherine Bergerson is the director of marketing and communications for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Bergerson joins Gulf Coast Live to discuss the "state of our water report card" the environmental nonprofit will be presenting at the News-Press conference this Friday.


Dr. Gregory Tolley is a professor of marine science and the chair of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. He joins Gulf Coast Live to give a preview of his presentation at the summit, which will focus on water security in Southwest Florida.


News-Press Outdoor Writer Chad Gillis also joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about his recent nine-day, 134-mile adventure from the head waters of the Everglades to Lake Okeechobee.