Calusa Waterkeeper Announces Public Premiere of Waterborne Documentary and Expert Panel Discussion

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Featured, Press

Waterborne is a Film that Explores the Contamination and Toxins Found in Regional Waterbodies

People have a right to know what is in the water and the potential health risks. Waterborne is a documentary film exploring the public health impact of harmful algal blooms and waterborne containments. Hear from scientific experts and officials on how Florida’s policies fail to reduce the occurrence of HABs and bacteria contamination and inadequately protect the public from exposure. The Waterborne Documentary and Panel Discussion will take place on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 7:00 pm online. You can register for free at calusawaterkeeper.org/waterborne.

After the film, Calusa Waterkeeper will host a panel discussion with:

  • David A. Davis, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Neurology & Associate Director of Brain Endowment Bank at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Michael Parson, Ph.D., Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University Water School & Florida Blue-Green Algae Task Force Member
  • Richard Whitman, Ph.D., State Science Officer, Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida
  • R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Contributors to this documentary include researchers Paul Alan Cox, Ph.D., R. Grace Zhai, Ph.D., Zoraida Diaz-Perez, Mike Parsons, Ph.D., Michael Mullan, M.D., Ph.D., Richard Whitman, Ph.D., J. Glenn Morris, Jr., M.D. Mph, David A. Davis, Ph.D. Along with policymakers Chauncey P. Goss (South Florida Water Management), Merritt Matheson (City of Stuart), Kevin B. Anderson (City of Fort Myers) and Nikki Fried (Florida Commissioner of Agriculture).

“Knowing what is in our water allows citizens to make more informed decisions about their health,” said Calusa Waterkeeper, John Cassani. “We are committed to providing the community with expert knowledge, science and data to inform the public and policymakers. The Waterborne film showcases the scientific research and how Florida’s policies are not working well enough to restore water bodies or protect its citizens.” 

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About Calusa Waterkeeper
Calusa Waterkeeper (CWK) is a Fort Myers-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to Protect and Restore the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee to the Coastal Waters. CWK’s project area covers more than 1,000 square miles of water, and its work includes testing and reporting, regulatory advisories, educational and community outreach and public advocacy. CWK’s work relies on funding from individual donations, grants and a unique membership program that includes volunteer Ranger training. CWK is licensed by  the international Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water, with more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates on the frontlines of the global water crisis, patrolling and protecting more than 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on six continents. Originally founded as the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association in 1995, Calusa Waterkeeper is now in its 26th year advocating for Southwest Florida water quality, and the 6th year working as a Waterkeeper Alliance Member. For more information, visit calusawaterkeeper.org