Unveiling the Economic Fallout of Water Quality: A League of Women Voters Event

April 6 Discussion: How Water Quality Affects the Economy | News, Sports, Jobs

The League of Women Voters of Lee County is hosting an event titled “The Impacts of Water Quality on the Economy”. This event is open to the public and League members alike and will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Collaboratory at 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers. Attendees have the option to participate in person or via Zoom.

To register for the event, individuals can visit Eventbrite, email lwvlee@lwvlee.org, or call 239-278-1032. The presentation will be given by Matt DePaolis, the environmental policy director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). DePaolis will be presenting the economic impact findings from a recent study conducted by Greene Economics on behalf of Captains for Clean Water, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and SCCF on the Impacts of Water Quality on the Southwest Florida Economy. He will also provide recommendations for policy advocacy and community engagement.

The study found that Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) have had devastating economic consequences in Lee County alone, resulting in losses totaling $195 million in recreational and commercial fishing revenues and expenditures, with an estimated 24,808 potential jobs lost and $3 billion in lost output. Property values were also estimated to decrease by $3.8 billion, resulting in $21.4 million in lost property tax revenue, and non-market recreation was estimated to be worth $5.3 billion lost due to HABs

The League of Women Voters of Lee County is hosting an event titled “The Impacts of Water Quality on the Economy”. This event is open to the public and League members alike and will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Collaboratory…

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