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Second Algae Meeting Scheduled for U.S. Rep. Rooney

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U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney

This Friday US Congressman Francis Rooney will host a roundtable discussion at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida on the health impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms.  

Representatives from Rooney’s office couldn’t confirm whether the media will be able to sit in on this meeting, but did say it will be streamed via Facebook Live. Friday’s meeting will be the congressman’s second meeting on the subject of harmful algal blooms in a week, following the closed-door roundtable scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Emergent Technologies Institute.

The first meeting includes federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. City and county leaders from throughout the region were also listed on the congressman's news release announcing the meeting and attendees.

According to a draft agenda for the Friday discussion, it will include conservation leaders, scientists, and other local groups advocating for clean water.