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We Get an Update on FGCU's new Water School

Dr. Greg Tolley
FGCU's new Water School building under construction. It's due to be completed in early 2020.

Back in early 2019 southwest Florida was just coming out of two massive harmful algal blooms. The year before blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, had choked the Caloosahatchee River and its estuary and red tide left millions of dead fish and other marine life scattered on beaches along the coast. The blooms drastically increased public awareness about the need to address south Florida’s complex water quality issues. In March of 2019 Florida Gulf Coast University announced the creation of a new Water School that would focus on finding solutions through holistic research and education. It’s been nearly two years since that announcement, so we’re getting an update on what’s happened since with Dr. Greg Tolley, Professor of Marine Science and Executive Director of the FGCU Water School.

He’ll be presenting a lecture this Friday, January 15 as part of the Naples Discussion Group’s 20-21 schedule about what’s happening at the Water School, but we’re getting a preview today. Because of social distancing guidelines the lecture is being presented online, and is not open to the public.