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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.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.