Titusville Straight Talk Event: January 19, 2023


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Restoration of IRL Water Quality Under Changing Climate Conditions - Randall W. Parkinson, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Florida International University

Sewage Pollution as a Driver of Algal Blooms and the Decline of Seagrass in the IRL - Brian LaPointe, Ph.D, FAU Harbor Branch

Communities and Their Wastewater: Past, Present, and Future - Todd Swingle, P.E., Executive Director, Toho Water Authority

Status of SIORL Projects in Northern Brevard County - Terri Breeden, Environmental Supervisor, Brevard County Natural Resources Dept.

Questions and Answers - Panel

What was covered:

  • Projects completed by the County Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program.
  • How septic systems impact the health of the Lagoon.
  • How you can get your standard septic tank upgraded.
  • What has been done and what needs to be done to the public sewage infrastructure.

Tabling exhibitors:

  • Brevard County Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program
  • Marine Resource Council
  • Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores
  • Keep Brevard Beautiful
  • Sustainability Working Groups: Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach
  • St Johns Water Management District
  • Messina Associates
    • Full sized demo of FujiClean Advanced Septic System
  • League of Women Voters

Speaker Profiles:

Randall W. Parkinson, Ph.D., is Registered Professional Geologist and an Associate Research Professor at Florida International University. As a coastal geologist, Dr. Parkinson specializes in evaluating the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on the built and natural environments. He recently completed a vulnerability assessment and resiliency action for the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program.

Todd Swingle, P.E., MBA, is the Executive Director of the Toho Water Authority that provides sewer and water services to Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and other communities in central Florida. He previously was the Deputy Director of Operations for Orlando County Utilities. Locally, he serves on the Citizens Oversight Committee for the SOIRL program and on the Sustainability Committee for the City of Cocoa Beach.

Brian LaPointe, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at Florida Atlantic University Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. His research interests include algal physiology and biochemistry, seagrass ecology, eutrophication and water quality, and marine conservation. He has conducted studies on the effects of wastewater on the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon.

Terri Breeden, Environmental supervisor, Brevard County Natural Resources Dept.

View our past Straight Talk Events:

June 2022. Update on the IRL Restoration. Gleason Auditorium, FL Institute of Technology.

March 2021. Update on Health on the Indian River Lagoon. Palm Bay Virtual Event

Jan 2020. Straight Talk - Indian River Lagoon Program Update.  An event held at Satellite High School.

June 2019. Straight Talk about the Indian River Lagoon. An event held at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville.

January 2019.  Sewage System, Septic and Muck in our region.  An event held at Gleason Auditorium, FL Institute of Technology

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