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The League of Women Voters of Lee County is hosting an event titled “The Impacts of Water Quality on the Economy” and invites both the public and League members to participate. This event will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. at The Collaboratory at 2031 Jackson St. in Fort Myers. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m., and attendees can choose to participate in person or via Zoom. To register, interested individuals can visit Eventbrite, send an email to lwvlee@lwvlee.org, or call 239-278-1032.

During this event, Matt DePaolis, the environmental policy director at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), will present the results of a recent study on the economic impacts of water quality in Southwest Florida. The study was conducted by Greene Economics and commissioned by Captains for Clean Water, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, and SCCF.

According to the study, significant economic losses can result from Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). In Lee County alone, these losses amount to $195 million in recreational and commercial fishing revenues and expenditures. Additionally, an estimated 24,808 jobs could be lost in a year with an estimated loss in output of $3 billion. Property values could see a decrease of $3.8 billion, resulting in a loss of $21.4 million in property tax revenue. The study also estimated that non-market recreation (quality of life) lost was valued at $5.3 billion.

DePaolis uses his expertise in environmental and marine biology as Policy Director at SCCF to advocate for policies based on scientific research

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