‘Analyzing the Economic Effects of Water Quality’ forum on April 6 | News, Sports, Jobs

The League of Women Voters of Lee County is hosting a discussion titled “The Economic Impacts of Water Quality” and invites the public and members to attend. The event will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Collaboratory in Fort Myers. Matt DePaolis, the environmental policy director at Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, will be presenting the economic impact findings of a recent study commissioned by several organizations that examined the consequences of Harmful Algae Blooms in Southwest Florida.

The study highlights the devastating economic losses caused by these blooms, with estimated losses in Lee County totaling $195 million in recreational and commercial fishing revenues and expenditures. Additionally, potential job losses are estimated to reach 24,808 in one year, with a loss in output of $3 billion. Property values are projected to decrease by $3.8 billion, leading to $21.4 million in lost property tax revenue. The value of non-market recreation lost is estimated at $5.3 billion.

As Policy Director at SCCF, DePaolis uses his expertise in environmental and marine biology to translate cutting-edge science into effective policy through advocacy. His background includes field work in Florida, the Bahamas, and Guyana as well as a master’s degree in marine biology and a JD with a focus on ocean and coastal law from the University of Oregon prior to his role at SCCF he held positions where he researched climate litigation evaluated regulations protecting water quality and recommended solutions to marine plastic pollution

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