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Watch the Media Briefing on the Great Florida Riverway

50 Years Later: The History,
Big Impact Science and Collaborative Solutions

Florida’s Governor DeSantis has prioritized protecting and improving Florida’s waterways, creating a historic opportunity to save the Great Florida Riverway. On Feb. 2, state and national scientists will layout the big impact science behind why the Governor DeSantis and the legislature should restore the Great Florida Riverway. Conservation leaders unveil a five-part plan for how the Governor and legislature can move this nationally significant project forward in 2021 in a way the incorporates the needs of the river communities along its route. A plan that requires no significant outlay of funds in 2021.

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

11 a.m. A Defining Moment for Three Rivers and Silver Springs: Margaret Spontak, Chair, Free the Ocklawaha Coalition for Everyone (FORCE)

11:05 History and Politics of the Cross Florida Barge Canal: Dr. Steve Noll

11:10 Big Impact Science: Briefings by three national and state scientists

Ed Lowe: Chief Scientist – Retired, St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, Florida.

Quinton White – Executive Director, Marine Science Research Institute and Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University

Andrew Carter – Senior Conservation Policy Analyst, Defenders of Wildlife

11:30 Coalition, Collaboration and Campaign Results – Margaret Spontak & Elizabeth Neville, Defenders of Wildlife and FORCE Advocacy Co-Chair

11:40 Question and Answers from the Media

11:50 Briefing Ends

WHERE: Live virtual conference streamed from the University of Florida Pugh Hall, Gainesville, FL

Webinar Link:
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Telephone: US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833
If you miss the livestream, you can watch the re-broadcast of the Great Florida Riverway Media Briefing at

Don’t Miss the UF Landscape Design Student Concepts

for a Restored Ocklawaha

If you have not seen the nine student projects on the Great Florida Riverway website, these are a must see. From continuous paddling trails, manatee refuges, a new angler and hunter outdoor center at the Buckman Lock, and an improved Kirkpatrick Recreation Area. They truly demonstrate that we can create an Ocklawaha River for everyone!
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